Adjunct Professor
Petrus van Heijster

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Faculty of Science,
School of Mathematical Sciences

Personal details


Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Science,
School of Mathematical Sciences


reaction-diffusion equations, singularly perturbed techniques, stability analyses, nonlinear pattern formation, defect systems, travelling waves, interaction of localised structures


Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Numerical and Computational Mathematics

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • Dr (University of Amsterdam)

Professional memberships and associations

Professional Memberships

  • SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)
  • SIAM activity group: Dynamical Systems (Advisory Board 1/1/16 - present)
  • SIAM activity group: Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures
  • AustMS (Australian Mathematical Society)
  • AustMS division: ANZIAM (Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics)


Dr van Heijster has taught undergraduate and postgraduate units at Brown University (USA), Boston university (USA) and QUT. After completing his ARC DECRA fellowship in 2017, Dr van Heijster re-commenced teaching QUT’s applied mathematics units:

  • 2017: Semester 2: Honours module on Singular Perturbation Methods
  • 2017: Semester 2: MXB106: Linear algebra and Differential Equations (Lecturer (50 %) & Unit Coordinator)
  • 2017: Semester 1: MXB102: Abstract Mathematical Reasoning (Lecturer & Unit coordinator)
  • 2014: Semester 2: MAB/MAN413: Differential Equations (Unit Coordinator only)
  • 2013: Semester 2: MAB/MAN413: Differential Equations (Lecturer & Unit Coordinator)
  • 2013: Semester 1: MAB121: Single Variable Calculus and Differential Equations (Lecturer)
  • 2012: Semester 2: MAB/MAN413: Differential Equations (Lecturer & Unit Coordinator)

Teaching awards and achievements

  • 2017: Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, QUT.
  • 2014: QUT School of Mathematical Sciences awardee of the Science and Engineering Faculty Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision.

Dr van Heijster has supervised 2 PhD students to completion and 1 honours student. Currently, he is supervising 4 PhD students.

Selected publications

QUT ePrints

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Research projects