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Student Research Assistant - School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences - Faculty of Science

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Date of Posting: 
April 12, 2019
School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

35 hours per week

$12.25 per hour (plus 4% vacation pay)

As soon as possible for 16 weeks

The School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences is seeking one graduate Research Assistant to assist with an NSERC-funded project on Heun Equation and Special Functions.


The purpose of the first position is to provide an analysis of the Heun differential equation and its confluent forms. The Heun equation is a second-order differential equation with four singular points. The student will classify the equation singularities. This classification is used to establish a general technique based on the Frobenius method to construct some analytic solutions. These solutions are then studied and if possible, a connection with the classical orthogonal polynomials is established. The Mathematical properties of these solutions are investigated. A parallel study of Special Functions starting with Gamma functions, Pochhammer Symbols, and the solutions of the hypergeometric differential equation in terms of Classical orthogonal polynomials are studied. The goal of this study is to establish some connections between the solutions of the Heun equation and the Hypergeometric functions.


• Must have a strong background in Mathematical analysis
• In-depth knowledge of the methods of solving differential equations using Frobenius method
• Knowledge of using Symbolic Algebraic Systems such as Mathematica and Maple software to analyze the analytic solutions and examine any approximate solutions that might be developed

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and the Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website. Applications will not be accepted via email..

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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