Ontario Tech University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Continuum Modelling of Collective Motion

By Lennaert Van Veen

Event date: 9/10/2019 12:00 AM Export event

The Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University is offering a postdoctoral position in the field of modelling of collective motion with non-local partial differential equations. Host researchers are Luciano Buono and Lennaert van Veen. The goal of the project is to derive and analyse non-linear, non-local systems of partial differential equations that model collective motion in two space dimensions. We are particularly interested in modelling bacterial motility and the formation of biofilms. Techniques will include (equivariant) bifurcation theory, numerical simulation and assimilation of lab measurements in collaboration with local and international partners.

The initial contract will be for one year, with an extension to two years subject to the availability of funds. The successful candidate will have a PhD in applied mathematics, computational science, mathematical biology or a strongly related field. Prior knowledge of bacterial motility would be an advantage but is not required.

The salary of $52,000 per year includes an assignment as a Teaching Assistant and may be augmented by an appointment as a sessional lecturer subject to availability of suitable courses in Fall 2020.

Required Skills/experience:

* Experience with programming and numerical simulation in Python, Fortran, C or similar.
* Background in dynamical systems, scientific computing, mathematical biology or a combination of these.

Collective agreement:

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the University and PSAC. The collective agreement may be found on the Human Resources section of our website:


How to Apply:

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and (email) addresses of at least two references. Applications will be accepted until October 11, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applications should be sent by email to [email protected]


UOIT is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UOIT respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the Human Resources Department.


Opportunity TypePostdoc

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