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Postdoc position in graph theory

Friday, March 1st, 2024

David Wood is currently recruiting a 2-year postdoctoral researcher in structural graph theory. The application deadline is 14th April 2024.

Dominic Welsh

Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Graham Farr, Dillon Mayhew and James Oxley have published an intriguing article Dominic Welsh: his work and influence on The Matroid Union.

Jobs available at Monash

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024

We’re very excited to be advertising 5 permanent jobs at Monash. The positions can be in any area of mathematics, but discrete maths (including graph theory and combinatorics) is designated as a priority area. For the formal details see:

Please spread the word and/or apply yourself. We can appoint young or established researchers, singles or couples. Monash discrete maths group is internationally important and Melbourne regularly features highly in lists of the world’s most liveable cities. So come and join us!

For any enquiries, email

Nina wins the CMSA Prize!

Monday, December 11th, 2023

Congratulations to Nina Kamčev for winning the inaugural CMSA Prize for her work completed at Monash University that led to the following papers:

N. Kamčev, A. Liebenau and N. Morrison, Towards a characterisation of Sidorenko systems, The Quarterly Journal of Mathematics.

N. Kamčev, A. Liebenau and N. Morrison, On uncommon systems of equations, Israel Journal of Mathematics.

The prize was announced today at the 45th ACC in Perth, where Nina gave an invited talk on her work.

The Australian Research Magazine

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

The group once again featured in the Research Magazine of The Australian newspaper today.

Discrete Mathematics
Lead institution: Monash
Field leader: David Wood

Theoretical Computer Science
Lead institution: Monash
Field leader: Nick Wormald

Pure & Applied Mathematics
Lead institution: Monash
Field leader: David Wood

ARC Discovery Projects

Sunday, October 29th, 2023

Group members were successful in today’s announcement of ARC Discovery Projects:

Fractional decomposition of graphs and the Nash-Williams conjecture. Daniel Horsley, Darryn Bryant (U. Queensland), Barbara Maenhaut (U. Queensland), Peter Dukes (U. Vic.).

The Global Structure of Sparse Networks. David Wood, Vida Dujmović (U. Ottawa).

Abdul Basit

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Welcome to Abdul Basit, who is a new post-doctoral researcher in the Monash Discrete Mathematics Research Group, funded under Daniel Horsley’s ARC grant. Basit’s research interests include combinatorial geometry, extremal and probabilistic graph theory, and additive combinatorics.

Nick Wormald wins an academy award!

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

Well it wasn’t quite an Oscar, but Nick Wormald has won an award surely worthy of the red carpet.

It is the Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science in recognition for his outstanding achievements in mathematical research. The citation recognised that Nick is a world leader in his field: he has made major contributions in the areas of random graphs and processes, enumeration of graphs and maps, structural graph theory, theoretical computer science, and network optimisation. See

Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal

Melissa Lee

Monday, March 13th, 2023

Welcome to Dr Melissa Lee who has joined the School of Mathematics as Lecturer and DECRA Fellow. Melissa’s research interests include finite group theory, representation theory of almost simple groups, finite geometry and combinatorics.

Robert wins the student prize!

Thursday, December 15th, 2022

Today, in a significant honour, Robert Hickingbotham was awarded the CMSA Anne Penfold Street Student Prize. The prize was awarded to the best student talk at the 44th Australasian Combinatorics Conference. His talk was entitled “Product structure of graph classes with bounded treewidth” and arose out of work performed at a recent MATRIX workshop on Structural Graph Theory. It was judged on criteria including motivation, methods, organisation, substance, originality and rapport to be the best talk in a strong field.

Congratulations Robert on a great effort!