MēNeT Lab, Wilfrid Laurier University,

Waterloo, ON, Canada

Positions Currently Open

Research Associate/Postdoctoral Position in Mathematical Modeling 

Applications are invited for a Research Associate/Postdoctoral Position in Mathematical Modeling at the MēNeT Lab, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, Canada.

The successful candidate will be part of the research program in mathematical modeling and computational science and engineering at the Laurier M²NeT Lab, and will contribute substantially to at least one of the following research areas:

The search is not limited to the above areas, although experience and/or interest in one or more of these areas will be considered an advantage and may be given priority. Other areas of interest include nonlinear thermoelasticity and multiscale simulation of advanced materials and dissipative solids, among others, while our interest in biological nanostructures include RNA nanostructures and solid-state nanopores. Strong candidates active in related areas of computational science, nonlinear analysis and mathematical modeling will be given careful consideration. Applicants should possess a PhD degree in physics, engineering, applied mathematics or computational science and  have a demonstrated interest and experience in scientific computing, including high performance computing, and visualization.  Proven ability to work independently and experience in software applications and development in the context of computational methods for continuum and discrete problems (e.g., finite element and large scale eigenvalue PDE methods, molecular dynamics and coarse-graining methods), are considered to be important assets for this position.

The appointment is funded by the Canada Research Chair program as part of the continual development of interdisciplinary research in the areas of mathematical modeling at Laurier.  The position is for one year in the first instance. Current funding is sufficient to guarantee two years of support for a suitably qualified candidate if candidate skills and interest allow.  Ability to quickly adapt to new scientific environment and good personal and communication skills are assumed for this position.

The application must include the following: 

Electronic applications are preferred and are to be sent to rmelnik@wlu.ca  (only pdf files will be considered). Those applicants who would like to send hard copies of their applications (in addition to electronic copies or stand alone) should direct them to: Professor Roderick Melnik, MēNeT Lab, Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Avenue West,  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,   N2L 3C5. Informal inquiries either by email or by phone are welcome (tel.: +1-519-884-1970, ext. 3662).

The position is available from the Fall semester, 2009 and will start at the mutually agreed date. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including persons in a visible minority, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal people.

The successful candidate will be located at the MēNeT Lab which is part of the Laurier Science Research Center and will be a member of a dynamic research community with active collaborative links with colleagues inside and outside Canada, including Denmark, the USA, and Australia.  Laurier is part of the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) and  is connected to ORION, Ontario's high speed network. The University is the older of the two Universities in the city of Waterloo. The University Library belongs to the TriUniversity Group of Libraries which unites library resources at the Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Waterloo.  The Waterloo region is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, with a population of half a million people. It is located in the beautiful part of the South-Western Ontario, a short driving distance from the western edge of the Greenbelt of Toronto,  the largest city in Canada.

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