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Joel Lebowitz award-winner of the 2014 GRANDE MÉDAILLE of the French Académie des Sciences

Each year, the French Académie des sciences awards prizes. The most prestigious of these is the "Grande Médaille".  The Prizes are handed over officially to the laureates in a Ceremony under the Dome of the Institut de France.

Joel Lebowitz, a man of science and peace, is the award-winner of the 2014 Grande Médaille of the French Académie des sciences.

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Joel Lebowitz has been awarded the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society's 2021 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics

Joel Lebowitz awarded the 2021 Dannie Heineman Prize in Mathematical Physics

We are proud to announce that Distinguised Professor Joel Lebowitz has been selected to receive the 2021 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics of the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.  The citation for the prize will read "for seminal contributions to nonequilibrium and equilibrium statistical mechanics, in particular, studies of large deviations in nonequilibrium steady states and rigorous analysis of Gibbs equilibrium ensembles."

 The prize is awarded solely for valuable published contributions made in the field of mathematical physics and, although it may be shared by more than one person, Joel is the SOLE recipient for 2021!

Positions and Academic Jobs

Positions and Academic Jobs

S. A. Sergeev, PhD in math
He currently works in the Russian Academy of Science and does research in the field of semiclassical analysis and asymptotic for the linear theory of wave propagation (for example water waves or waves in crystals). Recently he added to his research some problems about asymptotic eigenfunctions of the Laplace operator for large eigenvalues.
He is also an associate professor in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology where he developed program for students of 2-nd and 3-rd grades about numerical analysis and computational Mathematics. Also he has read courses about complex-variable functions and calculus.

For various other job postings visit and

Postdoctoral Postions at JNCASR, Bangalore, India Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the group of S. Sastry at JNCASR. Ongoing research in the group focusses on yielding and memory formation in amorphous solids, glassy dynamics, jamming, self assembly, nucleation and related themes. Suitable candidates should have interests broadly in statistical mechanics and soft condensed matter physics, with experience in computational investigations in these fields. Applications including a CV, list of publications, research interests should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tenure track position in environmental physics and mathematics in the Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
The Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics seeks applied mathematicians and/or physicists interested in environmental science problems. Candidates with a background in one or more of the following fields are encouraged to apply, although candidates with other backgrounds may also be considered: statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics, (geophysical) fluid dynamics, pattern formation, mathematical modeling of environmental systems, and mathematics and physics of global scale processes and climate change. The candidate should have post-doctoral experience and an excellent academic record. Interested candidates can submit their applications through:  

Postdoc positions 3D experiments on the collective behaviour of biological systems, at the Institute for Complex Systems of the CNR in Rome, Italy. We are looking for postdoctoral fellows interested in performing experimental research at the interface between physics and biology. The aim of our group is to study the collective phenomena of life through a close interplay between experimental data on biological groups in their natural environment and statistical physics methods. The candidates will conduct experimental data-taking campaigns in the field, on bird flocks and insect swarms. A strong emphasis will be put on the comparison between theory and experiments. The postdocs will join the COBBS Group in Rome (Collective Behaviour in Biological Systems), and work under the supervision of A. Cavagna and S. Melillo. The duration of the positions is two years, potentially extendable. The positions will be funded by the  ERC Advanced Grant RG.BIO to Andrea Cavagna. and Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a cv and the contact details of senior scientists who can provide recommendation letters (only upon our request).  Although there is no sharp deadline for these positions, earlier applications will be given higher priority.

Postdoc at Physics Dept., with D. Sivak,  Simon Fraser U, Vancouver, CanadaPostdoc in stochastic thermodynamics of molecular machines, developing theory and numerical simulation for the design, analysis, and interpretation of experiments probing the fundamentals of effective molecular-scale energy transduction, both in model biophysical systems and molecular machines. Within this broad research thrust there is ample freedom to pursue particular areas of personal scientific interest. Initial 1 year appointment; renewable with mutual agreement. Start date is flexible.

Two postdoctoral positions in Condensed Matter Theory at the Fine Theoretical Physics Institute at the University of Minnesota. The appointments will start September 1, 2022, and will be for two years, with possible extensions to the third year.

We are seeking a strong, creative theorist for a postdoctoral position with a background in statistical physics and significant computational skills to study fundamental aspects of the structure and physical properties of equilibirum and nonequilibrium hyperuniform states of matter. The appointment is for 3 years. The successful applicant will be working under the supervision of Professors Salvatore Torquato and Paul Steinhardt. To apply, go to the link
to upload necessary information, including the names of three of references. The selection committee will begin to read applications June 01, 2022 and make decisions afterwards.

Other Events


Two ICAM sponsored schools taking place this Summer/Fall, which will provide ICAM support to students from ICAM nodes: 1.   Cargèse: 13-25 June 2022    School on Exotic Superconductivity Deadline for applications: April 18th. 2.   Jülich: 4-7 October 2022 Autumn School on Correlated Electrons: Dynamical Mean-Field Theory of Correlated Electrons Deadline for applications: May 31st.

 Summer school "Disorder in Complex Systems ", to be held at Institute Pascal of Paris-Saclay University (France), from June 7 to June 17 2022 [main page] [detailed information] This intense two-week school is intended for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals seeking to overcome traditional disciplinary boundaries in the fields relevant to the physics of complex systems. The school covers basic concepts, tools, and current topics relevant to the problem of disorder in complex systems. These include glassy systems, nonlinear dynamics, scaling, soft matter, and other topical areas or case studies. Lectures are taught by the faculty of Paris-Saclay and guest leading educators and scholars from other renowned institutions. Formal classes and seminars, are complemented by discussions and activities hosted by the laboratories of the University. An internship program following the 2-week school is also offered to a smaller subset of selected participants. Tuition for the program for the selected academic participants is free of charge and it covers participation, course materials, on-site accommodation for the non-Francilian, and lunch meals. Application is now open and should be posted before April 15 2022 via the website according to the instructions provided

Summer School held at Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L'Aquila, from September 5 to September 10, 2022.
Trials in wave turbulence: from random waves to kinetic equations
The school is designed to present to graduate students and early-stage researchers where we stand in the mathematical treatment of Wave Turbulence (WT), by providing participants the opportunity to get their hands on the typical problems in WT, and to interact with leading scientists in the field. The school will consist of two main courses given by
Sergey Nazarenko (Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis) and Juan J. L. Velázquez (HCM, Bonn) a short course given by Zaher Hani (University of Michigan) and invited talks given by Roberta Bianchini (CNR) Erwan Faou (INRIA Bretagne Atlantique & IRMAR) Gigliola Staffilani (MIT)
Registration is free but mandatory (deadline: August 20, 2022).
Financial support will be available for a limited number of students (deadline for applications: July 1, 2022).
The school will also include a poster session for young researchers (deadline for submission: July 20, 2022).
Further information are available on the website:

Summer school on polymer physics in Halle and Leipzig (Germany): August 27 - September 2, 2022

Our summer school will cover the physical basics of macromolecular systems and is ideal for students with at least two years of undergraduate studies in physics. The schedule for the week is a balanced mix of lectures, lab courses and social activities/excursions. Travel expenses can be covered after acceptance. More information and application until June 15:

From Ann-Kristin Flieger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
“Computational social science and complex systems”, The 9th IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics, October 13-16, 2022, Hybrid (Virtual and Onsite), Shenzhen, China
The “computational social science and complex system is a special session of the IEEE 9th conference on data science. Researchers from different disciplines and methodological backgrounds are welcome to submit their papers and exchange ideas, research questions, and recent results. Topics range from the “Online communication and (mis)information diffusion” to “E-democracy and government-citizen interaction”. The website of the session is .
The website of the main conference and the list of keynote speakers is:,for%20data%20science%20and%20analytics.

2022 Multicell Virtual-Tissue Modeling Online Summer School and Hackathon at Indiana University, Bloomington, US
We are pleased to announce the 2022 Multicell Virtual-Tissue Modeling Online Summer School and Hackathon at Indiana University, Bloomington, July 31 to Aug 7, 2022. Learn to model your biological system of interest with one-on-one help. Physicists, biologists, computer scientists, and modelers team up to build research-grade models of biological systems. All experience levels are welcome. Virtual Tissue models will use the open-source CompuCell3D modeling environment. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Register at: Register at:

Two days with G. Parisi in Paris, France The Physics Department of ENS Paris is organizing a conference to celebrate the award of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics to Giorgio Parisi. Please find all the information here:
Registration is open, free but mandatory.

Nordita School on Current and Future Themes in Soft and Biological Active Matter, Sweden. We are pleased to bring to your attention the upcoming Nordita school on Current and Future Themes in Soft & Biological Active Matter that will take place July 25th-August 19th 2022 at Nordita, Stockholm. The speakers list and information on Registration can be found at:
This program will bring together leading experts and early career researchers from all over the world and Nordic countries to discuss the state of the art in soft & biological active matter, address open questions at the interface between physics and biology, and promote future directions for soft matter physics.

OIST workshop "Cells, Energetics, and Information: New Perspectives on Nonequilibrium Systems", online. This online workshop will bring together biophysicists, statistical physicists, and biologists that aim at understanding energetics and information processing in cells. See for info. Applications are accepted until the 20th of May.

Conference on “Modern Mathematics for Complex Systems”, June 29-30, 2022 at the De Morgan House, London, UK. With talks from leading international experts, the conference will explore two main themes: Turbulence on day 1 and Dynamics and Transfer Operator Theory on day 2. Confirmed speakers include: P. Cvitanovic, U. Feudel, M. Chekroun, N. Budanur, C. Wormell, B. Hof, V. M. Galfi, Tobias Grafke and Peter Read.
Supported by the London Mathematical Society and the Centre for the Mathematics of Planet Earth, University of Reading, the conference is aimed at early career researchers and open to all scientists related to the field. The conference will be held in a hybrid format in order to allow participants to join online if they cannot attend in-person. Please visit our website ( for more information and to get in touch with us.

Half a century of statistical mechanics covered by the semi-annual Yeshiva/Rutgers meetings

A two-part special issue of the Journal of Statistical Physics celebrating half a century of statistical mechanics covered by the semi-annual Yeshiva/Rutgers meetings, has been published by Springer Publishing.

You can view the online version of the issues here: "Looking back, looking forward: A celebration of 50 years of statistical mechanics I"
"Looking back, looking forward: A celebration of 50 years of statistical mechanics II"

An article honoring Professor Joel Lebowitz for his help defending human rights of scientists appeared in Rutgers FOCUS in March 2005

When the American Physical Society named math and physics professor Joel Lebowitz the recipient of its Nicholson Medal for humanitarian service, his friends and colleagues were quick to affirm the society's citation of Lebowitz for his "tireless personal activism throughout his superb career... to help scientists and defend their human rights in countries around the globe."
To read entire article click HERE.