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  • PhD Position: Applied Maths/Biophysics, U Surrey
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 32 - August 14, 2015

      PhD studentship in applied maths/biophysics: Integration of sub-cellular imaging and systems modelling to optimise breast cancer treatment.

      Project overview: A fully funded PhD studentship (for UK/EU students) to develop novel technologies to predict how drugs enter breast tumours. The overarching aim of the project is to build a robust mathematical model of drug movement through tumours, using novel imaging techniques and biological experiments to inform the model. The model will guide the design of optimal treatment regimens that ensure drugs penetrate tumours most effectively with the ultimate aim of increasing patient survival. The project will be based at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey and is a collaboration with the National Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Imaging at the National Physical Laboratory and the School of Biosciences and Medicine at the University of Surrey. More information about the project can be found at https://www.surrey.ac.uk/feps/files/npl/Integration%20of%20sub-cellular%20imaging%20and%20systems%20modelling%20to%20optimise%20breast%20cancer%20treatment.pdf

      Details about how to apply and about the NPL-Surrey graduate school and related projects can be found at https://www.surrey.ac.uk/feps/news/stories/2015/152271_studentships_avaliable_in_partnership_with_national_physical_laboratory.htm

      For informal enquiries about the PhD project, you are encouraged to contact Prof Gianne Derks (G.Derks@surrey.ac.uk). The application deadline is 31 August 2015.

  • PhD Position: Gene Network Evolution, U Helsinki
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 31 - August 5, 2015

      Graduate position for a PhD in evo-devo and systems biology: gene network evolution

      Job/ project description:
      The main objectives of the PhD project is to:

      a) Develop computational models of organ development (morphogenesis and pattern formation) and their evolution in mammalian teeth, hair or Drosophila wing.
      Or and
      b) Develop models about the evolution of gene networks and embryonic development in general.

      The research will take place in the Center of Excellence in Experimental and computational developmental biology of the Biotechnology Institute of the Helsinki University.

      The aim is to understand how these organs develop and how animal development works in general by learning from a number of examples in detail. This is how a simple organ primordia characterized by a specific distribution of cell types transforms, over time, into a complex and functional organ with many cells, cell types and a specific spatial distribution of those. This process involves the interaction of many genes and the interactions of those with cells mechanical properties. Computational models are important tools to understand the dynamics of those networks and how they lead to the observed development. The modeling will focus on gene network regulation, cell-cell communication, cell mechanical interactions and developmental mechanisms in general and, optionally, artificial in silico evolution.

      The biotechnology institute includes a range of experimental biologists working on several systems. The supervisor of the theoretical aspects will be Dr. Salazar-Ciudad but the PhD would include close collaboration with Jukka Jernvall group and other groups in the center of excellence. The PhD will also include collaboration with developmental biologists, bioinformaticians, paleontologists and other evolutionary and systems biologists in these groups. The work may also include, optionally, collaboration, and spending some time, in Barcelona.

      Requirements:
      The applicant must be a biologists preferably with a strong background in either evolutionary biology, developmental biology or theoretical biology. Some knowledge of ecology, zoology, cell and molecular biology are also desirable.
      Bioinformaticians, systems biologists or computer biologists that do not have a degree in biology or similar would not be considered (e.g. Computer scientists, physicists and engineers). Programming skills or a willingness to acquire them is required. The most important requirement is a strong interest and motivation on science, gene networks and evolution. A capacity for creative and critical thinking is also desirable.

      Description of the position:
      The fellowship will be for a period of up to 4 years (100% research work: no teaching involved).
      The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.
      Salary according to Finnish PhD student salaries.

      The application must include:
      -Application letter including a statement of interests
      -CV (summarizing degrees obtained, subjects included in degree and grades, average grade)
      -Application should be send to Isaac Salazar-Ciudad by email: isaac.salazar@helsinki.fi
      Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English (no official translation is required).

      Examples of recent publications by Isaac Salazar-Ciudad group.
      -Salazar-Ciudad I1, Marín-Riera M. Adaptive dynamics under development-based genotype-phenotype maps. Nature. 2013 May 16;497(7449):361-4.
      -Salazar-Ciudad I, Jernvall J. A computational model of teeth and the developmental origins of morphological variation. Nature. 2010 Mar 25;464(7288):583-6.

      Interested candidates should check our group webpage: http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/salazar/index.html Candidates will be selected as they come. Isaac Salazar-Ciudad: isaac.salazar@helsinki.fi

  • PhD Position: Mathbio/Epid&Ecol/Network..., RMIT U, Melbourne
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 28 - July 15, 2015

      We invite applications for a PhD fellowship in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, The applicants will have the opportunity to work on subjects that cross the interface of mathematical biology, theoretical epidemiology and ecology, network theory, and BigData. The Department has a vibrant group of active researchers in these areas, and intends to build this group further. Please contact Prof. Lewi Stone, in the first instance by emailing: lewistone2@gmail.com.

  • PhD Position: Gastrointestinal Electrophysiology..., U Auckland
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 26 - July 1, 2015

      PhD Positions: Gastrointestinal Electrophysiology/Motility, U Auckland, New Zealand

      The Gastrointestinal Motility group based at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand is recruiting PhD students.

      The research group seeks to apply mathematical and engineering techniques to improve the understanding of both normal and abnormal gut function. In particular, we target a number of functional motility disorders and seek to translate our techniques to improving human health. The group is well established with a strong track record with high-impact publications and international awards. The group maintain close links with surgeons/clinicians in Auckland and also have close collaborations and joint grants with universities in USA, Australia, Germany and Belgium.

      Ideal candidates are excellent, motivated students who are interested in translational research projects with an undergraduate degree in engineering, applied maths, physics, medicine or equivalent. Background knowledge of gastrointestinal physiology is not a pre-requisite, but some experiences with signal/image processing, mathematical modelling or instrumentation would be preferred.

      The Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) is a cross-faculty research institute funded primarily from national and international research grants. It hosts approximately 100 PhD and ME students. ABI staff are devoted to research and supervision of post-graduate projects.

      We have a variety of interesting projects including:
      -Image-based analysis and modelling of the pacemaker cells in the stomach and small intestine
      -Analysis of the repolarisation phase of gastric slow wave activity via novel signal processing techniques
      -Development of novel high-resolution electrode platforms for measuring electrical activity from the stomach/small intestine.

      More information is available at: http://www.abi.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/our-research/gi-system.html
      Please send expressions of interest via email to , stating the project/research area you are interested in. Please attach your CV, grades, and list of skills and research interests as a single pdf file.

  • PhD Position: Pharmacometrics & Comp. Disease Modelling, Berlin
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 26 - July 1, 2015

      The Graduate Research Training Program PharMetrX: Pharmacometrics & Computational Disease Modelling is an interdisciplinary PhD program bridging pharmacy and mathematics. PharMetrX provides its graduate students a unique opportunity to experience research in drug development and optimising drug therapy.

      PharMetrX offers:
      -a transdisciplinary research environment
      -a competitive three-year research fellowship
      -a structured research training curriculum of basic and advanced academic and industry modules
      -a joint supervision of the scientific progress by both program chairs
      -an individual research and development plan
      -an individual mentorship from one of the industry partners

      We are currently inviting applications to start the PharMetrX PhD program in March 2016. PharMetrX is open to candidates with a university degree in natural/life sciences or medicine. Deadline for applications: September 15th, 2015. For details see https://www.PharMetrX.de.

      PharMetrX is a joint program of the Freie UniversitC$t Berlin and the Universitat Potsdam, supported by several global research-driven pharmaceutical companies.

  • PhD Position: Biological Physics, Leiden U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 25 - June 24, 2015

      Leiden University is currently looking for a student for a joint PhD project between the groups of Daniela Kraft and Luca Giomi at the Casimir Research School at Leiden University. The project will investigate the interplay between curvature and the organisation of lipid domains in membranes supported by colloidal and micro-fabricated scaffolds. The student will use a combined experimental and computational approach to develop a fundamental framework and unravel the biologically relevant correlation between local geometry and membrane composition.

      The four year position is available immediately, with latest starting date in June 2016. Candidates should hold an MSc degree in physics, physical chemistry or material science, and should have affinity for experimental and computational work in soft matter.

      Applications consisting of a resume, a motivation letter, and two references should be sent to: giomi@lorentz.leidenuniv.nl and kraft@physics.leidenuniv.nl.

  • PhD Position: Deciphering Regulatory Interactions..., Utrecht U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 25 - June 24, 2015

      PhD: Deciphering regulatory interactions underlying repetitive lateral root formation (1,0 fte)

      Job description
      The root system of a plant is crucial for its survival and yield, as it ensures anchorage to the substrate as well as access to water and nutrients. Lateral root patterning, the positioning of lateral roots along the main root of a plant, is a major determinant of overall root system architecture. Due to the complexity of this developmental process, involving factors such as root growth mechanics, gene regulation and hormonal signalling that act at different spatial and temporal scales and interact in complex manners, lateral root patterning has thus far remained poorly understood.

      In the current project we aim to develop state-of-the art multi-scale models of plant root development to increase our understanding of lateral root patterning. For this we will intensively collaborate with experimental groups. The project is funded by a Vidi-grant awarded to Dr. K. ten Tusscher.

      The candidate will develop sophisticated multi-scale models incorporating root growth dynamics, genetic regulation and hormonal signalling. Goal is to unravel how these processes together give rise to the oscillation-type dynamics that underly the regular formation of lateral roots along the main root. In addition, the candidate will investigate the role of spatial, long range interactions between lateral roots at different positions along the main root in this patterning process.

      Qualifications
      For the above described project we are looking for a PhD candidate with a proven experience in multi-scale modeling and either a biological background or a keen interest in biology.

      Offer
      The candidate is offered a full-time PhD position for four years.

      The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project.

      The gross salary is in the range between 2.125 euros,- and maximum 2.717 euros,- per month.

      About the organisation
      Utrecht University has great ambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles which are centred around four themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues.

      The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 3500 students and nearly 2000 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.

      The candidate will be working in the Theoretical Biology Group at the Biology Department of Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The work will take place in the Computational Developmental and Evolutionary Biology subgroup of Dr. Kirsten ten Tusscher.

      About the Group
      The researchers of the Theoretical Biology Group use mathematical modeling and computer simulations to perform fundamental biological research in a variety of biological disciplines ranging from developmental biology and immunology to evolution.

      The Theoretical Biology group is part of the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB), which focuses on the interaction between experiments, theory and modeling to obtain a systems level understanding of complex dynamic biological processes and their evolution. The IBB is embedded in one of the largest Biology departments in the Netherlands (>200 new students per year), and collaborates with other departments of the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht.

      The Theoretical Biology Group teaches Systemsbiology to biology students at the bachelor and master level. PhD students in the group have diverse backgrounds ranging from biology, mathematics, physics to computer science, and typically half of them are from abroad.

      Additional information
      Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Dr. Kirsten ten Tusscher, email: k.h.w.j.tentusscher@uu.nl.

      As part of the selection procedure, candidates are expected to give an oral presentation of their prior research.

      Apply
      To apply please attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and (email) addresses of two referees. The application deadline is 31/08/2015.

  • Student/Post-doc Positions: Computation. Immunology, Bar-Ilan U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 25 - June 24, 2015

      Student and postdoc positions in Computational Immunology

      The Computational Immunology Lab of Prof. Ramit Mehr in Bar-Ilan University, Israel (http://immsilico2.lnx.biu.ac.il) is recruiting research Students at all levels (undergrad projects, MSc or PhD) and Post-Doctoral Trainees.

      Prof. Ramit Mehr is a leader in computational immunology. The work performed in her group has led to several discoveries, which have significantly advanced the field beyond the state of the art. The group applies modeling and simulation, bioinformatics and statistical analysis to immunological questions. Our main focus is the development, population dynamics and function of B, T and NK cell repertoires, in health, aging, autoimmune diseases and cancer.

      Prof. Mehr devotes much time to career training and has a good track record in terms of the careers of lab alumni. Over 50% of PhD alumni published several papers before submitting their theses, and most MSc students have published at least one. All of them presented their work in national (PhDs also in international) scientific meetings. As a result, over 50% of PhD alumni have gone on to post-doctoral training, and all PhD and most MSC alumni work in bioinformatics and related fields.

      We have several fascinating projects, including:
      -Lineage tree - based studies of mutations in antibody genes
      -Analysis of lymphocyte repertoires
      -Simulations of antibody gene rearrangement
      -Math modeling of lymphocyte population dynamics
      -Math modeling of immune cell recovery from stem cell transplantation
      -Analysis of stem cell transplantation patient data
      -Analysis of cell marker data from HIV patients

      More info: http://immsilico2.lnx.biu.ac.il/Open-Positions.html

      Candidates - please send email to ramit.mehr@biu.ac.il , stating the position you're interested in. Please attach your CV, grades and publications so far, and the names and contact information of two people who can recommend you.

  • PhD Position: Projecting Effects of Vaccination..., Dutch...
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 24 - June 17, 2015

      Project description
      In order to prevent serious illness and disease outbreaks, the Dutch government offers free vaccination against specific infectious diseases to all children through the National Immunization Programme. The most recent additions to this Programme are the vaccines against pneumococcus, associated amongst others with meningitis, and against papillomavirus, associated with various forms of cancer. Both pneumococcus and papillomavirus are characterized by the existence of various strains. The vaccines protect against a selected set of all strains that can cause disease, being so-called polyvalent vaccines. An anticipated effect of polyvalent vaccination is the elimination of vaccine-specific strains from the population. A possible unwanted effect is the take-over by other strains against which the vaccine is not protective, such that the health benefit partly disappears. This phenomenon is known as type-replacement and is caused by competition between pathogenic strains. This project aims to deliver a better assessment of type-replacement and its long-term consequences for the effectiveness of polyvalent vaccination. Partners in this project are the University Medical Centres of Utrecht (Paediatrics) and of Leiden (Medical Statistics).

      Your challenge
      Quantification of interactions between pathogenic strains requires diverse statistical techniques (graphical models, multi-state modelling, survival analysis) for a diversity of data structures. The question is which techniques and which data are informative for inferring competitive interactions, and which are sensitive for the occurrence of type-replacement. To this end, you will develop dynamic transmission models for multi-strain pathogens that can incorporate a variety of interactions between strains. You will use these models to simulate data for the joint occurrence of multiple strains in epidemiological studies. You will develop statistical techniques based on simulated data and apply these to available data on pneumococcus and papillomavirus. You will investigate indications for type-replacement and answer the question how type-replacement may alter the expected health benefit of vaccination. In the end, your research provides a consistent methodology for multi-strain modelling that can be used to describe the effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccination in an adequate way. You will publish your findings in scientific journals and present your findings on international conferences. After four years, your research is intended to result in an academic dissertation. An abroad stay as part of your PhD research belongs to the possibilities.

      Your profile
      We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic researcher with an MSc or comparable degree in (applied) mathematics, physics, biostatistics, theoretical biology or bioinformatics. Excellent verbal and written command of English is required, programming experience in C/C++ and R are welcome. We expect affinity with the promotion of public health through prevention of infectious diseases.

      Terms of employment
      You will be stationed at the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Appointment takes place based on 36 working hours a week for the initial term of one year. Your contract will be prolonged in case of good performance. Salary is in conformity with that of a PhD student (OIO) at a Dutch university. The closing date for applications is June 30th 2015.

      More information
      Dr. J.A. Bogaards, Project leader (hans.bogaards@rivm.nl, tel +3130-2744765)
      Dr. J. Wallinga, Head Dept. Infectious Disease Modelling (jacco.wallinga@rivm.nl, tel. +3130-2742553)

      Proclaimer RIVM http://www.rivm.nl/Proclaimer

  • PhD Positions: Mathbio/Epid&Ecol/Network..., RMIT U, Melbourne
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 24 - June 17, 2015

      We invite applications for two PhD studentships in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, The applicants will have the opportunity to work on subjects that cross the interface of mathematical biology, theoretical epidemiology and ecology, and network theory. The Department has a vibrant group of active researchers in these areas, and intends to build this group further. Please contact Prof. Lewi Stone, in the first instance by emailing: lewistone2@gmail.com

  • PhD Positions: Mathematics & Statistics, Barcelona Grad School
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 23 - June 10, 2015

      Below please find the call for 4 PhD scholarships within the BGSMath/Maria de Maeztu programme in different areas of Mathematics, including Mathematics and Statistics for Life and Social Sciences. Interested candidates within this area are encouraged to contact either of the researchers involved:
      -Tomas Alarcon, talarcon@crm.cat.
      Area of expertise: multi-scale modelling of tumour growth.
      -Angel Calsina, acalsina@mat.uab.es.
      Area of expertise: structured population dynamics, selection-mutation equations
      -Marta Casanellas, marta.casanellas@upc.edu.
      Area of expertise: algebraic and geometric tools in phylogenetics
      -Guadalupe Gomez, lupe.gomez@upc.edu.
      Area of expertise: survival analysis, statistical methods for omics data integration, statistical genetics, functional data analysis, bioinformatics
      -Pere Puig, ppuig@mat.uab.cat.
      Area of expertise: characterisation of distributions, count data modelling, count data time series, extreme value theory
      -Alex Roxin, aroxin@crm.cat.
      Area of expertise: computational neuroscience

      The program BGSMath/Maria de Maeztu will very soon call for applications for 4 PhD scholarships in mathematics in the areas
      -Algebra, Geometry and Topology
      -Analysis, PDEs and Probability
      -Mathematics and Statistics for Life and Social Sciences
      -Dynamical Systems

      The duration of the scholarships is four years and the gross salary is about 16.500 euros/year.

      These will be the first PhD contracts offered by the Barcelona Graduate School in Mathematics (http://www.bgsmath.cat), through the recently obtained grant "Maria de Maeztu". BGSMath students can choose to work with any of the research groups in mathematics in the Barcelona area, as well as participating in the activities offered by the three member universities and the CRM. For this particular call, the chosen research groups should be in the areas above, understood in a broad sense.

      The official call will appear about June 15th and the deadline will probably be June 30th, so time is short.
      These contracts come directly from the Ministry of Science, hence the regulation is the official one for these type of calls: The applicants will need to have their official transcripts translated to Spanish (English and French could be ok too) and must have been accepted in (or at least need to have sent an application to) a PhD program at one of the member universities (UB, UAB or UPC). As soon as the call is launched a link will be available at the bgsmath website http://www.bgsmath.cat

      Please let us know if you have a strong candidate and we will be glad to help her/him through the application process.

  • PhD Position: Projecting the..., Dutch National Institute of...
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 22 - June 3, 2015

      PhD student: Projecting the effects of vaccination against multi-strain pathogens, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Centre for Infectious Disease Control, Dept. Infectious Disease Modelling

      Project description: In order to prevent serious illness and disease outbreaks, the Dutch government offers free vaccination against specific infectious diseases to all children through the National Immunization Programme. The most recent additions to this Programme are the vaccines against pneumococcus, associated amongst others with meningitis, and against papillomavirus, associated with various forms of cancer. Both pneumococcus and papillomavirus are characterized by the existence of various strains. The vaccines protect against a selected set of all strains that can cause disease, being so-called polyvalent vaccines. An anticipated effect of polyvalent vaccination is the elimination of vaccine-specific strains from the population. A possible unwanted effect is the take-over by other strains against which the vaccine is not protective, such that the health benefit partly disappears. This phenomenon is known as type-replacement and is caused by competition between pathogenic strains. This project aims to deliver a better assessment of type-replacement and its long-term consequences for the effectiveness of polyvalent vaccination. Partners in this project are the University Medical Centres of Utrecht (Paediatrics) and of Leiden (Medical Statistics).

      Your challenge: 1. Quantification of interactions between pathogenic strains requires diverse statistical techniques (graphical models, multi-state modelling, survival analysis) for a diversity of data structures. The question is which techniques and which data are informative for inferring competitive interactions, and which are sensitive for the occurrence of type-replacement. To this end, you will develop dynamic transmission models for multi-strain pathogens that can incorporate a variety of interactions between strains. You will use these models to simulate data for the joint occurrence of multiple strains in epidemiological studies.
      2. You will develop statistical techniques based on simulated data and apply these to available data on pneumococcus and papillomavirus. You will investigate indications for type-replacement and answer the question how type-replacement may alter the expected health benefit of vaccination. In the end, your research provides a consistent methodology for multi-strain modelling that can be used to describe the effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccination in an adequate way.
      3. You will publish your findings in scientific journals and present your findings on international conferences. After four years, your research is intended to result in an academic dissertation. An abroad stay as part of your PhD research belongs to the possibilities.

      Your profile: We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic researcher with an MSc or comparable degree in (applied) mathematics, physics, biostatistics, theoretical biology or bioinformatics. Excellent verbal and written command of English is required, programming experience in C/C++ and R are welcome. We expect affinity with the promotion of public health through prevention of infectious diseases.

      Terms of employment: You will be stationed at the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Appointment takes place based on 36 working hours a week for the initial term of one year. Your contract will be prolonged in case of good performance. Salary is in conformity with that of a PhD student (OIO) at a Dutch university.

      More information: Dr. J.A. Bogaards, Project leader (hans.bogaards@rivm.nl, tel 030-2744765), Dr. J. Wallinga, Head Dept. Infectious Disease Modelling (jacco.wallinga@rivm.nl, tel. 030-2742553)

  • PhD Position: Computational Biology & Medicine, U Oslo
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 22 - June 3, 2015

      PhD fellowships available through the SUURPh international training programme

      The Simula Research Laboratory and University of Oslo (UiO) welcome applications for doctoral fellowships in computational biology and medicine funded through the SUURPh programme. SUURPh fellows will be enrolled through the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiO, and conduct their work with advisors located primarily at Simula or UiO. An important feature of these collaborative fellowships is that students will also be supported (and required) to complete a portion of their work at the University of California San Diego (USA). Typically this period will last from 6 months to 1 year depending on the project. We will accept applications from students of all backgrounds but recommend that applicants possess a strong foundation in computational and quantitative sciences. To be eligible, students must also have completed a Masters in an appropriate field by the end of summer of 2015.

      For more information and to submit your application, please visit the SUURPh home page: www.simula.no/education/suurph-collaboration

  • PhD Position: Monitoring of Invasive Pest..., U Leicester
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 21 - May 27, 2015

      A fully-funded PhD position is available in the Department of Mathematics, University of Leicester, UK, under supervision of Prof. Sergei Petrovskii.

      Project title: 'Monitoring of Invasive Pest Species Under the Climate Change: Mathematical Modelling Approach'

      For a description of the project, please visit http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/mathematics/postgraduate-study/phd/epsrc-dtp-projects-2015-16-climate-change

      The position is available from October 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. To apply, please visit
      http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/how-to-apply
      and follow the instructions there.

      Please note that only EU/UK citizens are eligible to apply.

      For inquiries and more details, please contact Prof. Sergei Petrovskii at sp237@le.ac.uk

Postdoctoral positions

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  • Post-doc: Ecological Modeling, U California, Santa Barbara
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 34 - August 26, 2015

      POSTDOCTORAL POSITION (ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE SPECIALIST) IN ECOLOGICAL MODELING

      University of California, Santa Barbara

      Applications are invited for a post-doctoral specialist to participate in systems-based research for evaluating ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals. The overarching aim is to use Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) models to inform ecological risk assessment by determining how the effects of exposure to chemical stressors are expressed across levels of biological organization. Specific projects include: (i) determining how genomic data on two model organisms (the waterflea Daphnia and the estuarine fish Fundulus) experiencing combined food and chemical stress relate to parameters in DEB models; (ii) predicting organismal and population "tipping points" caused by failure of physiological and population regulatory processes; (iii) developing individual and population models of adaptation to stress in chronically polluted environments. The person appointed would work on one or two of these projects.

      The research is part of a recently funded project led by Dr. Roger Nisbet (UCSB), working in collaboration with Dr. Erik Muller (UCSB) and Dr. Andrew Whitehead (UC Davis). UCSB is renowned for its quantitative ecological research and has a number of faculty involved in ecotoxicological research projects. There will be opportunity to interact and collaborate with researchers in the University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (www.cein.ucla.edu).

      Applicants must possess a PhD and have research experience in one or more of the following areas: theoretical ecology, environmental modeling, systems biology, or closely related disciplines. The position is grant funded for 2 years. Start date: 1 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

      Applicants should submit a CV, a short (1-2 page) statement of research experience and interests, and the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of three references to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00526

      Initial screening of applications will begin on 21 September 2016, but will remain open until filled.

      The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • Post-doc: Modelling Evolution of Disease-Associated..., France
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 34 - August 26, 2015

      A post-doctoral position on "Modelling evolution of disease-associated traits under local competition with conspecifics" is available at Inria Sophia Antipolis (France) for a duration of 20 months. This post-doctoral position is for an applied mathematician with interest in dynamic games theory or a theoretician in evolutionary biology. It will be funded by the ANR Funfit project (Funfit: A trait-based approach linking individual Fitness of Fungal plant pathogens to ecological strategies). The local contact is Dr. Frédéric Grognard (frederic.grognard@inria.fr).

      For more informations on the position see
      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4298200/PostDoc_2015_Funfit.pdf

      Details about the application can be found at
      http://www.inria.fr/en/institute/recruitment/offers/post-doctoral-research-fellowships/post-doctoral-research-fellowships/campaign-2015.

  • Post-doc: Education Research & Evaluation, NIMBioS, U Tennessee
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 34 - August 26, 2015

      Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Education Research and Evaluation

      The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) requests applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Evaluation, available immediately.

      This Fellow will assist in development and evaluation of a Quantitative Biology Concept Inventory (QBCI) to assess the impact of biological constructs and examples on student quantitative comprehension. The Fellow will have primary responsibility for all aspects of data collection, coordinating focus groups and obtaining professional review of QBCI. A successful applicant will have prior experience in evaluation of educational efforts in science, with a Ph.D. in Evaluation, Science Education, Mathematics Education, or a related field. Experience in interdisciplinary research, statistical methodology, or undergraduate teaching will also be considered as positive factors in evaluation of candidates.

      The Fellowship is for two years at an annual stipend of approximately $51,000. For a full description of the position, qualifications, and application process, please visit: http://www.nimbios.org/positions/.

      The position will remain open until filled, and is available to start immediately.

  • Post-doc: Toxic Metabolism & Cell Population Dynamics, U Idaho
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 34 - August 26, 2015

      Postdoctoral Fellow

      Location - Moscow
      Division/College - College of Science
      Department - Mathematics
      FLSA Status - Overtime Exempt
      Employee Category - Exempt
      Pay Range - $50,000 or higher depending on experience
      Salary Grade - EX
      Type of Appointment - Fiscal Year
      FTE - 1.0
      Full Time/Part Time - Full Time

      Funding - This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

      Position Summary - The Department of Mathematics is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with experience in mathematical biology to join a group researching toxin metabolism and associated cell population dynamics. With supervision by Dr. Chris Remien at the University of Idaho, the postdoctoral fellow will develop and analyze dynamic models of acetaminophen-induced liver injury and use statistical parameter estimation methods to investigate patient biomarker data. The postdoctoral fellow will pursue research at the intersection of mathematics and biology, work productively with experimentalists and medical doctors, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, present results at conferences, and interact productively with undergraduate and graduate students and the UI research community as a whole.

      Responsibilities

      Job Duty Function - Research
      Job Duties/Responsibilities - Develop and analyze dynamic models of toxin metabolism and associated cell population dynamics. Use statistical parameter estimation techniques to connect models with data.
      Job Duty Function - Teaching and advising
      Job Duties/Responsibilities - Provide mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students as assigned
      Job Duty Function - University Service and Leadership
      Job Duties/Responsibilities - Provide services to the university, Department of Mathematics, College of Science, and greater mathematics community.

      Position Qualifications

      Minimum Qualifications
      -Ph.D. in applied mathematics, mathematical biology, biomedical engineering, computer science, physics, statistics, or related field.
      -Strong background in mathematical modeling.
      -Good written and oral communication skills.

      Preferred Qualifications
      -Knowledge and interest in molecular, cell, and population biology.
      -Experience in mathematical biology.

      Posting Information

      Posting Number - SP000653P
      Posting Date - 08/20/2015
      Open Until Filled - Yes
      To apply, please visit: http://apptrkr.com/660723

      Special Instructions to Applicants - First priority will be given to applications received before September 14, 2015.

      Background Check Statement - Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates may be required to pass a criminal background check.

      EEO Statement - The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

  • Post-doc: Statistics, Species Dist. Modeling, RMIT U, Melbourne
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 34 - August 26, 2015

      We are currently seeking to recruit a postdoctoral fellow to work on a statistically oriented project that deals with species distribution modelling. The project will continue for two-years. The applicant should have a good mathematics/statistics background as well as a strong interest in ecology/biology. Ideally the applicant should be well aware of the literature on species distribution models and state-of-the-art methods.

      The project is based at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia led by PIs Yan Wang, Lewi Stone, Ascelin Gordon
      External Principal Investigators: David Dowe, Monash University
      Robert Dorazio USGS, Andy Solow Woods Hole

      Applicants should send CV's plus the names of three potential referees to Prof. Lewi Stone lewistone2@gmail.com preferably before September 14, 2015. Enquiries are welcome.

  • Post-doc: Modeling Bone Homeostasis, McGill U, Canada
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 34 - August 26, 2015

      Post-doc: Modeling bone homeostasis, McGill U, Canada

      Looking for a self-directed scientist with an interest and experience in mathematical biology who is within 4 years of graduation with PhD. The project aims to develop mathematical models of bone homeostasis in relation to multiple functions of bone as mechanical, endocrine and hematopoietic organ. The support for postdoctoral fellowship applications, conference presentations, and career development in general will be provided. Laboratory is located within the Shriners Hospital for Children - Canada, which offers outstanding opportunities for conducting interdisciplinary research. The initial appointment will be for 6 months with an option for further extension.

      Qualifications and Skills: PhD in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or related disciplines; experience in mathematical modeling of biological systems; basic understanding of biological processes and an ability to search and read biomedical literature; experience is data analysis.

      To apply please submit a cover letter and CV with contact information for 3 professional references to Dr. Svetlana Komarova, McGill University by email: svetlana [dot] komarova [at] mcgill [dot] ca

  • Post-docs: Applied Statistics, Aarhus U, Denmark
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 34 - August 26, 2015

      Two post-doctoral research positions in applied statistics are available at the Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University, Denmark, in the Applied Statistics Laboratory. The positions are for two years with the possibility of one-year extension, starting 1 December, 2015 or as soon as possible hereafter. Deadline: All applications must be made online and received by 15 October, 2015.

      Job description:
      You will work at the Applied Statistics Laboratory at the Department of Mathematics with:
      -Development or improvement of new statistical methods directed at or inspired by concrete applications in life and environmental sciences
      -Statistical consultation and participation in research projects in several other departments of the Faculty of Science and Technology
      -Contribution to teaching statistics for non-statisticians
      -Co-supervision of non-statisticians in statistical matters.

      The candidates we are seeking at the Applied Statistics Laboratory are expected to provide statistical assistance and participate in a range of research projects (ideally in different research groups or involving different departments at the Faculty of Science and Technology), and, in parallel, to work in methodological/theoretical developments in statistical themes that are relevant to these research projects. The Applied Statistics Laboratory currently has lines of research in the following topics: extensions of generalized linear models of high complexity, highly complex graphical models, extensions of classical survival/event-history analysis, spatial statistics and incompletely observed data, but other research lines will certainly be relevant too. The Applied Statistical Laboratory is a new research group, supplementing the strong theoretical statistics and probability research groups at the Department of Mathematics; the two postdoc positions will also benefit from the rich academic environment in theoretical statistics and mathematical aspects of statistics.

      Required qualifications and selection criteria:
      -PhD in statistics or a related field
      -Strong background in statistics and mathematics (essential)
      -Fluency in spoken and written English


      You should have interest in applied statistics and research in statistical methodological developments inspired by applications in life and environmental sciences.

      Contact:
      For further information, please contact Rodrigo Labouriau, tel. +45 87155735 (e-mail rodrigo.labouriau at math.au.dk) or Niels O. Nygaard, tel +45 87155785 (e-mail niels.nygaard at math.au.dk).

      The official call, further details and a link for applying can be found at the following link:
      http://www.au.dk/en/about/vacant-positions/scientific-positions/stillinger/Vacancy/show/760035/5283

  • Post-doc: Comp. Biol., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 33 - August 19, 2015

      Postdoctoral Fellow or Senior Scientist-Computational Biology

      Description:
      The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City is seeking a talented, self-motivated individual to participate in cutting edge research as a member of the Bunyavanich Lab at the Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. The Institute is led by Dr. Eric Schadt. The successful applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Supinda Bunyavanich that applies computational analysis and bioinformatics to interpret multi-scale data generated from subjects with asthma and allergic diseases.

      Responsibilities:
      -Analyze next generation sequencing data, including whole genome, RNA-Seq, 16S rRNA, metagenome, and methylation data.
      -Develop and implement statistical methods and software to analyze next generation sequencing data for genetic risk, disease mechanism, and drug response. Projects will include network construction and mining.
      -Integrate and translate genetic, genomic, eQTL, structural, and clinical data into novel diagnostics, therapeutics and disease mechanisms.
      -Maintain complex next generation sequence and array datasets linked to clinical data.
      -Communicate progress with PI regularly and contribute to the success of the research team.
      -Develop and maintain productive collaborations within Mount Sinai and with outside researchers in academia and industry.
      -Publish and present novel research findings in academic journals and conferences.
      -Some supervision of trainees and technical staff may also be required.

      Requirements:
      -PhD in bioinformatics, computer science, computational biology, genomics, or a related field.
      -Outstanding programming skills in R, Perl, Python, Java, C++, and Unix shell scripting.
      -Excellent track record of analyzing next generation sequencing data. Experience in network analysis a plus.
      -Demonstrated knowledge of statistics, statistical genetics, bioinformatics concepts, methods and tools. Familiarity with genomic data tools, repositories, and databases.
      -Strong attention to detail and solid analytical skills.
      -Ability to work hard and independently while contributing to the team effort and adhering to deadlines.
      -Excellent oral and written communication skills with track record of productive collaborations.
      -Demonstrated ability to work concurrently on several projects, and good understanding of analytic complexities to do independent research as well as assist other researchers.


      Interested and qualified candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to Dr. Supinda Bunyavanich (Supinda.Bunyavanich at mssm.edu). Please visit the Bunyavanich lab for more information on our research group.

      The Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai seeks to comprehensively integrate the digital universe of information into research, training, and patient care and to develop programs that prepare students for careers in the future of healthcare and data science.

  • Post-docs: Optimal Control of PDEs, U Graz & Radon Inst., Linz
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 33 - August 19, 2015

      POSTDOC POSITIONS within the ERC-Advanced Grant

      "From Open to Closed Loop Optimal Control of PDEs"
      Institute of Mathematics and Scientific Computing
      University of Graz, and
      Radon Institute, Linz, Austrian Academy of Sciences

      About the project: While the project addresses a broad spectrum in optimal control of PDEs, it also focusses on some of the most pressing topics: Non-smooth, non-convex optimal control and computational techniques for feedback control. Applications include the bidomain equations, which are the established model to describe the electrical activity of the heart.

      Professional qualifications: Doctoral degree in a mathematical branch of study. Solid knowledge in applied mathematics, including PDEs, with specialization in either analytical or computations techniques. Specialization in optimal control, calculus of variations, or optimization is very welcome.

      Contact person and grant holder:
      Prof. Karl Kunisch, University of Graz and Radon Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences,
      E-mail: karl.kunisch@uni-graz.at

      Official starting date: January 1, 2016

      Applications with a detailed CV including a publication list and a compact statement of past achievements and research interests should be sent to: thomas.russold@uni-graz.at.

      Application Deadline: will be announced

  • Post-docs: Mathematical Biology, NIMBioS, U Tennessee
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 33 - August 19, 2015

      Deadline Approaching! Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications at NIMBioS -- Next Deadline: September 1, 2015

      The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), located at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and biology. Highest priority will be given to those with explicit plans to develop their ability to effectively carry on research across these fields. We are particularly interested in requests to support research that integrates diverse fields, requires synthesis at multiple scales, and/or makes use of or requires development of new mathematical/computational approaches. NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows are chosen based upon indications that the applicant's research plans are consistent with the mission of NIMBioS, the applicant has the demonstrated ability to carry out the proposed research, and the opportunities provided through NIMBioS will enhance the capacity for the research to be completed in an efficient and timely manner. Support: annual stipend of $51,000, full University of Tennessee employee fringe benefits, and an annual travel allowance of $3,000.

      How to apply: Complete the online application and submit a brief project description, references, and CV following the guidelines available at http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/

      Deadline: NIMBioS postdoctoral requests for support are reviewed two times per year, and the selected researchers are offered positions at NIMBioS where they conduct research that is mostly self-directed. The deadline for activities beginning in summer/fall 2016 is September 1, 2015 but applications for positions starting later in 2016 are also accepted at this time. All letters of recommendation must be submitted before the request deadline.

      The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Post-doc: Plant Ecophysiology & Biological..., INRA Avignon
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 31 - August 5, 2015

      Postdoctoral Position in Plant Ecophysiology and Biological Modelling, INRA, Avignon, France

      Keywords
      LED light, Functional-Structural Plant Model, Tomato, Lycopersicon x esculentum, Plant architecture, Source-sink relations, Ecophysiology

      Context
      Over the last decades, the use of assimilation lighting in greenhouse horticulture has increased by 10% per year to fulfill the demands of the market of year-round high quality products. The LED technology revolution creates a unique opportunity to realize LED based production systems which can reduce the carbon footprint by up to 45% compared to conventional High Pressure Sodium lamps. The commitment of the business partners and the strong partnership with leading knowledge institutes will lead to market adoption of superior LED based systems in greenhouse horticulture by providing a superior combination of breakthrough energy-efficient LED systems, new varieties, consultancy and knowledge transfer.
      The European Climate KIC (Knowledge Innovation Community) will be funding an innovation and pathfinder project entitled "Carbon-LED - Carbon footprint reduction via LED based production systems". This applied research project will be conducted by a consortium of three commercial (Philips Electronics, Bayer Crop Science, Start Life) and three academic (Wageningen UR, Wageningen University, National Institute of Agronomic Research) from two European countries (The Netherlands and France).
      Subject to a final decision of funding by Climate-KIC, INRA (the French National Institute of Agronomic Research) is looking for a postdoctoral scientist, for a duration of 18 months.

      Objectives and Missions
      Previously, a model of static architecture of adult tomato was created, as well as a virtual fruit model, parameterized for tomato fruit. With another model developed by INRA Avignon it became possible to simulate the allocation of assimilates from sources to sinks. In the frame of a precursor project, a model of spectral light emitted from Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lamps and its further fate in a greenhouse with static tomato plants and reflective surfaces was created and has been made available as a module within the modelling platform GroIMP. The postdoctoral scientist to be recruited will combine these previous modelling efforts to contribute to the development of a functional plant-fruit model of tomato with improved description of a photosynthesis module that is responsive to the light spectrum. In addition a module of fruit photosynthesis at the green stage will be included. The overarching objective of all modelling activities is the creation of a decision-support tool for growers and breeders, the principle of which will be demonstrated at the end of the second year of the project.
      The candidate will benefit from a strong scientific background of the host institution in plant sciences, in particular crop ecophysiology and possibly genetics. The campus in Avignon is characterized by a fruitful interaction between the various plant sciences, higher education, and a local horticultural industry that is rich in diversity. The candidate will work closely with the project partners in Angers (INRA) and Wageningen UR. This position is designed to serve in fostering the scientific career of researchers.

      Required Skills
      We are looking for a self-motivated individual with strong communication and organization skills, who will have (recently) completed a Ph.D. thesis in Plant Sciences, Information Sciences or Horticulture, with an application of modeling and a publication record. Knowledge of programming languages (Java, C++, Python) and modeling platforms (Matlab, GroIMP, OpenAlea) is essential, experience in statistical data analysis tools (R) will be an asset. Affinity for field or greenhouse work or previous experience with tomato (or other greenhouse vegetables) will be a distinct advantage. Ability to communicate in English both orally and in writing is essential; knowledge of French language will be a strong asset.

      Location
      Ecophysiology of Horticultural Plants (EPH) team, Research Unit 1115 Horticultural Plants and Cultures, INRA, Domaine Saint Paul, Site Agroparc, CS 40509, 84914 Avignon Cedex 9, France

      Remuneration
      Between 2300 and 2900 euros gross, depending on prior experience.

      Duration
      18 months (initially 6 months, extension of contract after revision of goals). The position will start as soon as possible. Open until filled.

      Contact
      For further information regarding this position, please contact: Dr. Michel Génard: michel.genard@avignon.inra.fr, (+33) - (0) 4 32 72 24 58 or Prof. Dr. Gerhard Buck-Sorlin: gerhard.buck-sorlin@agrocampus-ouest.fr, (+33) - (0)2 41 22 55 48 Your application should include a cover letter, with a brief description of your research interests, a CV, and a list of at least 2 references.

  • Post-doc: Medical Statistician, U Leicester
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 31 - August 5, 2015

      Post-doc: Medical Statistician, U Leicester

      Medical Statistician
      Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
      University of Leicester

      Ref: MBP01396
      Department: Cardiovascular Sciences
      Job Type: Research
      Specific Location: Glenfield Hospital


      Salary Grade 6 - £ 26,274 to £ 30,434 per annum
      Salary Grade 7 - £ 32,277 to £ 37,394 per annum

      Contract Type: Full Time Fixed Term Contract
      Fixed-term contract from 16 September 2015 to 31 March 2017

      Job Purpose
      College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology
      Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

      At Leicester we're going places. As a leading University in Britain our aim is to climb further. A commitment to high quality fused with an inclusive academic culture is our hallmark and led the Times Higher Education to describe us as "elite without being elitist".

      As Biomedical Statistician for the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease you will be joining a Unit and Department that is internationally recognised for its research and provides an excellent opportunity for an ambitious statistician to develop a strong career in medical statistics that will inform and improve healthcare.

      You will provide input into statistical aspects of research studies and undertake specialist statistical analysis of data from a range of studies including clinical, laboratory and genetic studies, within the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (LCBRU) and Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at Glenfield Hospital. This may involve working with national and international collaborators. You will provide statistical input in the preparation of scientific papers for publication and research grants. You will identify and establish novel analytical methods for the benefit of the LCBRU.

      The LCBRU aims to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The Unit provides state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and staff to assist researchers in their complex projects. LCBRU is one of 20 units around England funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a strategic research funding body within the NHS. LCBRU is a partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

      To be appointed at a grade 6 level you will have a higher degree in biostatistics, medical statistics or applied statistics or extensive relevant work experience working as a statistician in a HE, health-related or clinical setting, and knowledge in biomedical statistics and data analysis.

      To be appointed at a grade 7 level you will have a PhD in Biostatistics, medical physics or applied statistics and be able to provide evidence of independence in research and more experience in selection of optimal statistical methodologies. You will also have specialist knowledge in biomedical statistics and data analysis.

      Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Prof Nilesh J Samani on njs@le.ac.uk.

      APPLICATION DETAILS:
      http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/jobs/opportunities/jobsearch and reference MBP01396

      FURTHER DETAILS:
      http://www.le.ac.uk/jobs/external/MBP01396_Job_Summary.pdf

      CLOSING DATE: Midnight on 27 August 2015

  • Post-docs: Biomedical Informatics Department, Harvard Medical
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 31 - August 5, 2015

      Areas of Interest: Single-Cell Genomics, Epigenetics, Intratumoral Heterogeneity, Nucleosome Organization, Computational Biology.

      Job Description: A laboratory at the newly-formed Department of Biomedical Informatics at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) is looking to recruit several postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing one or more of the following topics in computational biology:
      I. Single-Cell Genomics. The fellow will be charged with developing novel statistical approaches to analysis of single-cell genomic data, mathematical modeling of cellular processes, as well as applications of such techniques to studies healthy and diseased tissues. Strong background in statistics, modeling of stochastic processes and multicellular systems is desired.
      II. Computational analysis of epigenetic mechanisms disrupted in cancer and other disease-disrupted tissues. The fellow will be responsible for developing and applying computational methods for integrative analysis of genome-wide epigenetic, transcriptional and proteomic data, aiming to identify specific factors and molecular mechanisms underlying misregulation of the epigenetic states in several types of human cancer. The ideal candidate should have strong quantitative background, ample experience with analysis of sequencing assays, and strong interest in cancer biology.
      III. Computational analysis of nucleosome organization. The fellow will be part of the central analysis group for the extensive 4D-nucleus consortium project funded by the NIH. The efforts will be focused on development of analysis techniques for the next generation of experimental methods for measuring organization and dynamics of the eukaryotic nucleus that are being developed by the members of the consortia. Experience with analysis of Hi-C and relevant imaging data is strongly preferred.

      All of the projects are being conducted in close cooperation with the expert bench-side laboratories, providing an excellent opportunity for collaborative research. The Harvard Medical School and the Department also provides rich scientific environment, with a number of relevant seminar series, invited speakers, and many neighboring laboratories working on related projects. Please see http://pklab.med.harvard.edu/ for additional information about the laboratory.

      PhD in Computational Biology, Statistics, Physics or other related discipline is required. A strong record of publications in the field is desired.

      How to apply: Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for at least two references to Dr. Peter Kharchenko at peter_kharchenko@hms.harvard.edu. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Please specify which project you are interested in.

      Employer: Department of Biomedical Informatics has been recently formed at the Harvard Medical School to lead development of computational and informatics techniques to address pertinent challenges in modern biological sciences and medicine. The Department's faculty conduct research at the intersection of biomedicine and information sciences, including bioinformatics, functional genomics, translational medicine, and clinical knowledge management. The Department also hosts the Bioinformatics & Integrative Genomics PhD program (sponsored by NHGRI) and the Biomedical Informatics Masters program.

      Harvard Medical School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Postdoc: Information Processing within Wound Healing Signaling Networks
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 30 - July 29, 2015

      Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Wollman Lab (http://wollmanlab.ucsd.edu). The Wollman lab is part of the San Diego Center for Systems Biology, the qBio program, and the Departments of Cell and Developmental Biology and Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California San Diego. The lab is highly interdisciplinary and combines quantitative microscopy, computational image analysis and mathematical modeling to investigate information processing within mammalian signaling networks.

      The project aims at understanding how initial wound response signal transduction networks function in the presence of biological "noise". The following paper is an example of the project:

      Accurate information transmission through dynamic biochemical signaling networks. Selimkhanov J, Taylor B, Yao J, Pilko A, Albeck J, Hoffmann A, Tsimring L, Wollman R. Science. 2014

      The successful applicant should: 1. Believe that science is fun and exciting. 2. Be fascinated by the ability of signal transduction networks to allow cells to respond to a changing environment. 3. Have a recent PhD degree in cell biology, bioengineering, computational biology, biophysics, or a related field. And 4. Demonstrate expertize in at least a subset of the following: mammalian cell culture, mathematical modeling, microscopy, and computational image analysis.

      Self-motivated individuals are encouraged to send their CV, a brief (1-2 paragraphs) statement of interest and contact information of two references to Roy Wollman, rwollman@ucsd.edu.

  • Postdoc Position: Theoretical Ecology/laboratory microcosms, UC Davis
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 30 - July 29, 2015

      Post-doctoral position in Theoretical Ecology/laboratory microcosms (species interactions in a dynamic spatial context)

      A three-year post-doctoral position (3 years of support from an NSF grant with possible extension from other funds) is available with Alan Hastings at UC Davis in the Department of Environmental as part of a collaborative project with Brett Melbourne at the University of Colorado. The post-doc will work with an experimental laboratory system using Tribolium species and on associated theoretical aspects to look at species interactions across space and time in highly replicated laboratory systems.

      Familiarity with Tribolium would be useful, but not required. Strong background in theoretical ecology, mathematical approaches to spatial models, statistical approaches and experimental design, and programming experience important.

      The post-doc will be expected to help design and co-ordinate experiments in consultation with the PIs, direct a team of undergraduate assistants, develop mathematical and statistical approaches for understanding stochastic and deterministic approaches to species interactions in space, and write up results for publication in a timely fashion.

      UC Davis houses a world class program in Ecology; post-doc can participate in seminars, and will receive professional mentoring on job applications, interview strategies, CV preparation, and additional professional development.

      Start date is flexible, between October 1 2015 and July 1, 2016. Salary commensurate with experience, starting at approximately $42,840 with generous benefits. All requirements for the PhD must be completed before starting.

      Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, a short (1-2 page) description of research accomplishments, copies of publications, and email addresses and phone numbers of three references to Alan Hastings at amhastings@ucdavis.edu

      Review of applicants will begin upon receipt.

      The University of California at Davis is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff. UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014.

  • Post-doc: Quant. Biol. of Virus-Host interactions, U Wisconsin
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 29 - July 12, 2015

      Post-doctoral Opening
      Quantitative Biology of Virus-Host Interactions

      A position is available immediately for a highly motivated individual to develop methods that advance our mechanistic and systems-level understanding of virus and host processes during virus infections. Our approach combines single-cell measures of viral and cellular processes, within-cell readouts of viral and anti-viral intermediates, use of established and novel culture systems, mathematical modeling, and quantitative imaging of infection spread. Our studies focus on RNA viruses relevant to human health and technology development, including human rhinovirus and vesicular stomatitis virus. This NIH-supported work involves close collaboration among biological and physical scientists, including molecular biologists, engineers and clinicians. Applicants with a strong background in data-driven mathematical modeling, computer simulation, microscopy, quantitative imaging, microbiology, immunology, are especially encouraged to apply.

      We pursue our research at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a major public- and private-sponsored initiative, housed in an award-winning facility, that promotes cross-disciplinary training and research, as well as public outreach, for societal benefit (see discovery.wisc.edu). Madison is an attractive and affordable city surrounded by beautiful lakes. Among U.S. cities, Madison routinely ranks among "best places to live," and residents thrive on its diversity of educational, cultural and outdoor opportunities.

      Interested candidates should submit by email a single PDF that includes a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references to:
      Professor John Yin
      Systems Biology Theme, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Chemical and Biological Engineering Department University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Madison, WI 53715, USA

      Email with a subject line that states "Postdoc Application" to: john.yin@wisc.edu

  • Post-doc: Comp. Structured Population Models, UL Lafayette
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 29 - July 12, 2015

      Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate
      Affiliated Dept: Ray P. Authement College of Sciences
      Effective Date: August 19, 2015, or as soon as selected candidate is available.

      Qualifications: Ph.D. degree required. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics with substantial knowledge of statistics and experience in developing and analyzing discrete and continuous structured population models and in developing and implementing numerical methods for solving such models. Also, experience in writing and publishing papers is required and a history of presentations at professional meetings is desired.

      Duties: The selected candidate will be a member of the consortium "Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center - Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling (LADC-GEMM)" working closely with Dr. Ackleh and his graduate students and the rest of the UL Lafayette LADC-GEMM Team. Current research projects focus on modeling and monitoring marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. For more details go to the following site: http://www.ladcgemm.org/ and click on "Research".

      Applications: We will review applications as they are received and continue until the position is filled. Send letters of application with vitae and a list of three (3) references to: graceb@louisiana.edu

  • Post-docs: Biophysics & Computational Biology, U Notre Dame
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 29 - July 12, 2015

      Postdoctoral Fellow Positions: Interdisciplinary Projects between University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania and Argonne National Laboratory

      Applications are invited for two NIH and NSF funded postdoctoral research positions to participate in two interdisciplinary projects in Prof. Mark Alber's group at the University of Notre Dame. This work will be carried out in close collaboration with computational modelers and experimentalists from the University of Pennsylvania and Argonne National Laboratory. The group's work spans fields ranging from biophysics and computational biology to high-performance computing and image processing.

      We are seeking highly motivated, driven and curious applicants with a strong background in computational methods and modeling, strong communication skills, and an ability to work independently and collaborate effectively. Experience with computational implementation of numerical algorithms for solving partial differential equations or Monte Carlo models, programming with C or C++, and parallelizing simulation code using MPI or GPUs is desirable.

      The goal of the first project is to develop multi-scale computational models to study blood clot formation and mechanical properties of fibrin networks that will be calibrated using specific experiments. The second project will combine computer simulations with new biophysical methods, live imaging, and advanced organ culture techniques to investigate intercellular signaling in intact epithelial organs within a controlled microenvironment. Success in this project will lead to a better understanding of how exogenous factors impact the endogenous regulation of organ growth and differentiation.

      We are offering a highly interactive and exciting interdisciplinary research environment with strong mentoring and career development support. Positions will involve regular visits to the University of Pennsylvania and Argonne National Laboratory. We will also provide support for participation in conferences. The University of Notre Dame is located 1.5 hours from downtown Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

      Recent selected publications:
      Anyan et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA vol. 111, no. 50, 18013-18018(2014),
      Kim et al., Biomaterials 35, 6739-6749 (2014),
      Wu et al., Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 372: 20130380 (2014),
      Gupta et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2013 Dec 17;110(51): 20449-54(2013),
      Kim et al., Computational Biology 9 (6), e1003095 (2013).

      Positions are for 1 year with possible extension for up to two more years. To apply, please send CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to malber@nd.edu. Also, arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. The evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

  • Post-docs: Systems Biology of Human Microbiome, Korea
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 29 - July 12, 2015

      Postdoctoral Positions in Systems Biology of Human Microbiome (Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics)

      The Junior Research Group (JRG), "Emergent Dynamics of Complex Living Systems" led by Dr. Pan-Jun Kim at the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP, http://apctp.org) in Korea, invites applications for postdoctoral positions in the area of computational and systems biology. JRGs at the APCTP are supported by the Korean government and POSTECH.

      The research will focus on the computational study of biological networks of microbial communities inside the human gut. The ideal candidates are expected to have experience/interest in the areas of systems biology, bioinformatics, data analysis, and/or complex networks. Previous experience with nonlinear dynamics, and/or computer simulation would be a plus.

      Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, please e-mail curriculum vitae along with a brief statement of your research interests to Pan-Jun Kim at pjkim@apctp.org and arrange to have three letters of recommendation e-mailed to the same address.

  • Post-doc: Computational Systems Biology, U Lille, France
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 28 - July 15, 2015

      A Postdoctoral Position in Computational Systems Biology at the University of Lille, France

      Topic: Computational modeling of stress response in normal and cancer cells

      Our team combines experimental and computational modeling techniques to study the response of mammalian cells to various stresses such as oxidative, thermal and metabolic stresses. The goal of this project is to characterize the main differences between non-cancerous and cancerous cells in their sensitivity (survival/death rates) to stress signals, with the long-term objective to develop novel anti-cancer therapeutic strategies. The fact that cancer cells typically show aberrant metabolism and proliferation and our experimental ability to induce various types, intensities and durations of stresses motivate the study of several related issues: What are the relevant timescales involved in stress responses? Are there non-trivial effects in combining stress signals? How do cells coordinate stress response, metabolism and cell cycle?

      The postdoctoral position is dedicated to working on the computational modeling aspect of this stress response project. Models will be useful to provide both quantitative and qualitative insights into the dynamics of stress-response factors and of cell fate decisions under various stress conditions. Modeling work will mainly consist in (i) identifying the known cellular pathways involved in stress-specific responses, (ii) translating these signaling, regulatory and metabolic networks into ordinary differential equation models, (iii) simulating and analyzing the model behavior under various settings, and (iv) comparing with experimental data.

      CANDIDATE PROFILE
      The candidate should have: (i) a strong background in applied mathematics or physics, especially computational and theoretical skills in working with systems of differential equations; (ii) basic notions of cell biology and biophysics gained from previous research experience; (iii) ability to work within a team environment.

      POSITION AND APPLICATION DETAILS
      The position is for one year renewable, and would start between October 2015 and January 2016. Net annual salary is about 28000 euros and includes a benefits package (health insurance, retirement and unemployment benefits). The laboratory (http://www.phlam.univ-lille1.fr/) is located on the Villeneuve d'Ascq campus of the University of Lille. Lille is a lively city connected by highspeed train to Brussel (30mn), Paris (1h) and London (1h30). Applicants should send a letter of motivation, a CV including a complete list of publication and at least 2 letters of recommendation to: quentin.thommen@univ-lille1.fr and Benjamin.pfeuty@univ-lille1.fr

      For more informations: http://www.phlam.univ-lille1.fr/spip.php?article1066

  • Post-doc: Antibody Formulations, Pfizer, St. Louis
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 28 - July 15, 2015

      Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow, Antibody Formulations
      Job Id: 1014595
      Target Openings: 1
      Locations: United States-Missouri-Saint Louis

      Responsibilities
      A postdoctoral researcher is sought to conduct fundamental computational research towards understanding solution behavior of highly concentrated antibody formulations. The research shall involve an inter-disciplinary mix of multi-scale molecular modeling and dynamics simulations, and high performance computing to advance our understanding of inter-molecular interactions (protein:protein and protein: cosolutes) in highly concentrated biologic drug solutions. The researcher will be expected to discover/design novel viscosity reducing excipients, and contribute toward development of novel approaches focused at early detection of develop-ability challenged therapeutic candidates.
      Other duties as assigned time to time by research supervisor.
      The successful candidate shall be highly motivated, hardworking, and intellectually productive team player. He/she shall be expected to publish in high impact scientific journals and contribute towards Pfizer's expertise on biopharmaceutical drug development. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Good inter-personal and communication skills are required.

      Qualifications
      EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Ph.D. in Computational Molecular Biophysics, Chemical Engineering or related fields
      DESIRABLE: One or two years of postdoctoral research experience. Record of first class scientific research productivity as demonstrated by publications in high impact journals
      WORK EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: Advanced understanding of antibody structure-function, Protein: Protein interactions, and viscosity issues in highly concentrated antibody solutions is essential. Expertise in computer programming, molecular modeling, coarse-grained and all atom MD simulations of large macromolecules is required. Expertise with MOE, Discovery Studio, Schrodinger, VMD, MATLAB and modern programming languages is required.

      Equal Employment Opportunity
      Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

  • Post-doc: Systems Pharmacology, Bridgewater, NJ, USA
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 28 - July 15, 2015

      Job Description:
      This is a postdoctoral position in the area of systems pharmacology. The individual will be based in the Department of Clinical and Exploratory Pharmacology in Bridgewater NJ, and will be a member of the Interdisciplinary Program in Pharmacometrics which links pharmacometric experts across the Scientific Core Platforms. The individual will primarily be involved with the development of systems pharmacology models, working as part of a modeling team. The models will aim to quantitatively integrate pathway biology, physiology and clinical pharmacology, i.e. systems pharmacology.
      -Major Duties & Responsibilities: Develop computational systems models working with internal and external collaborators, Communicate with clarity the results of modeling in presentations to key stakeholders.

      Qualifications
      -Formal Education And Experience Required: PhD with a track record of productivity in the areas of systems pharmacology, computational biology or related field, as manifested in publications and presentations.
      -Basic experience in Pharmacometrics or Clinical Pharmacology. Knowledge And Skills: Extensive knowledge of biological pathways relevant to disease. Superb skill in communicating both highly technical material as well as the distilled take-home messages. Knowledge And Skills Desirable: Expert knowledge in at least one area (e.g. rare diseases, cardiovascular) highly desirable.
      -Modeling and computational experience, Excellent scientific computing and programming skills in a variety of computational tools such as MATLAB, Monolix, NONMEM, Mathematica, R and excellent working knowledge of Linux and Windows environments

      Please email karim.azer@sanofi.com to inquire about the position.

  • Evolutionary Dynamics in Cancer..., Moffitt, Tampa
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 27 - July 8, 2015

      Our group is part of the Integrated Mathematical Oncology department at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research institute in Tampa, FL. We are looking for candidates for a postdoctoral position modeling the evolutionary dynamics in cancer metastasis. The successful candidate will have a doctorate in mathematics, physics, computer science or a related discipline. University of Pittsburgh, USA to develop new methods to combine multimodal neuroimaging data to understand brain networks.

      The aim of the project is to understand how the interactions between metastatic tumor cells and normal bone cells shape the selection in bone cancer. Given the nature of the work, we are looking for a candidate able to work at the intersection between biology and mathematics. Interpersonal skills and willingness to work closely with our experimental partners will be key.

      The successful candidate will attend lab meetings with our experimental collaborator, the lab run by Dr. Conner Lynch, as well as meetings with other mathematical modelers at IMO, they will present work at cancer research and mathematical meetings and publish in cancer and computational biology journals.

      To apply, please complete send curriculum vitae and three (3) letters of reference to: david [at] cancerEvo [dot] org

  • Post-doc: Neuroimaging Data/Brain Networks, CMU/U Pittsburgh
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 26 - July 1, 2015

      Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to support a collaboration between researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, USA to develop new methods to combine multimodal neuroimaging data to understand brain networks.

      The research will focus on the development of new tools to combine high dimensional MEG (magnetoencephalography), fMRI, and structural MRI data to discover brain network structure. This will include developing algorithms to understand similarities between data types (neurovascular relationships, structure-function relationships, etc.) as well as discovering what unique information each modality provides. These tools will be developed with the purpose of uncovering how brain networks are disturbed in existing multimodal data from individuals with autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Furthermore, these tools will be developed with aim of applying it to large pubic neuroimaging datasets, such as those being released as part of the Human Connectome Project.

      Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering or a related field. Advanced skills in multivariate statistics, missing data problems, graph theory, dimensionality reduction, network analysis, machine learning and/or computational neuroscience are required. Experience with analysis of human neuroimaging data is desirable. Applicants should have a strong track record of publication.

      The position is fully funded. The initial period is 1 year with additional years depending on fit and progress. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a CV, and the names and contact information for 3 researchers who can provide a recommendation. For further information or to submit an application, please contact Avniel Ghuman, Ph.D. at ghumana@upmc.edu or Aarti Singh at aarti@cs.cmu.edu .

      The position is available immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

  • Student/Post-doc Positions: Computation. Immunology, Bar-Ilan U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 25 - June 24, 2015

      Student and postdoc positions in Computational Immunology

      The Computational Immunology Lab of Prof. Ramit Mehr in Bar-Ilan University, Israel (http://immsilico2.lnx.biu.ac.il) is recruiting research Students at all levels (undergrad projects, MSc or PhD) and Post-Doctoral Trainees.

      Prof. Ramit Mehr is a leader in computational immunology. The work performed in her group has led to several discoveries, which have significantly advanced the field beyond the state of the art. The group applies modeling and simulation, bioinformatics and statistical analysis to immunological questions. Our main focus is the development, population dynamics and function of B, T and NK cell repertoires, in health, aging, autoimmune diseases and cancer.

      Prof. Mehr devotes much time to career training and has a good track record in terms of the careers of lab alumni. Over 50% of PhD alumni published several papers before submitting their theses, and most MSc students have published at least one. All of them presented their work in national (PhDs also in international) scientific meetings. As a result, over 50% of PhD alumni have gone on to post-doctoral training, and all PhD and most MSC alumni work in bioinformatics and related fields.

      We have several fascinating projects, including:
      -Lineage tree - based studies of mutations in antibody genes
      -Analysis of lymphocyte repertoires
      -Simulations of antibody gene rearrangement
      -Math modeling of lymphocyte population dynamics
      -Math modeling of immune cell recovery from stem cell transplantation
      -Analysis of stem cell transplantation patient data
      -Analysis of cell marker data from HIV patients

      More info: http://immsilico2.lnx.biu.ac.il/Open-Positions.html

      Candidates - please send email to ramit.mehr@biu.ac.il , stating the position you're interested in. Please attach your CV, grades and publications so far, and the names and contact information of two people who can recommend you.

  • Post-doc: Cell Cycle Modeling, Virginia Tech
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 25 - June 24, 2015

      Postdoc: Cell Cycle Modeling, Virginia Tech

      Seeking a postdoctoral associate with experience in mathematical modeling to join a team exploring the molecular basis of cell cycle checkpoints in budding yeast. The research will be supervised Drs. John Tyson, Jean Peccoud and Neil Adames on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

      Responsibilities and Expertise: construct, analyze, simulate and optimize stochastic models of the spindle assembly checkpoint and the DNA damage checkpoint in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. cell cycle checkpoints. Will require close attention to experimental data from our lab and the literature, expertise in building realistic models using chemical rate equations, familiarity with nonlinear dynamical systems theory and stochastic simulations (Gillespie's stochastic simulation algorithm), and facility using software tools for bifurcation analysis and parameter estimation.

      Expectations: participate in lab meetings, interact productively with graduate and undergraduate students, make presentations at professional meetings, publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and participate in grant proposal preparation.

      Qualifications: a Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics, biophysical chemistry, biomedical engineering or other relevant discipline; a strong background in mathematical modeling; good team-working and communication skills. A genuine interest in computational cell biology is necessary.

      To Apply: submit a curriculum vitae and statement of interest online at: www.jobs.vt.edu (Posting #SR0150080). Three letters of recommendation should be sent via email to Dr. John Tyson, Department of Biological Sciences, MC 0406, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24061 USA or as a pdf attachment to: tyson@vt.edu. Review of applications will begin July 15, 2015.

      Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

  • Post-doc: Computational Epigenomics, NIH, Baltimore
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 25 - June 24, 2015

      Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity in Computational Epigenomics at National Institutes of Health, USA

      A postdoctoral fellowship is available, pending administrative approval, at the National Institute on Aging, NIH, for developing computational methods to analyze high-throughput sequencing-based chromatin assays. The successful applicant will work in the laboratory of Dr. Myong-Hee Sung at the Bayview campus, Baltimore, Maryland, beginning in September, 2015. We are seeking highly motivated recent Ph.D. scientists who are interested in investigating outstanding questions in epigenomics using statistical and computational tools. Relevant publications for future projects include Sung et al. Mol Cell 2014 (PMID: 25242143); Kwon et al. Cell 2013 (PMID: 24360274); Hakim et al. Genome Res 2013 (PMID: 23212947); Sung and Hager, Nat Gen 2011 (PMID: 22030604). An ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in mathematics, physics, engineering, or a related quantitative discipline, and has some knowledge in molecular biology or genomics methods. Interested individuals must send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to: sungm@mail.nih.gov

      About training at NIH: Postdoctoral training in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI. Trainees pursue basic, translational, and clinical research free from the demands of obtaining grants and teaching, although opportunities to do both are available. At the NIH, postdocs work in a highly collaborative research environment with leading scientists and clinicians. The postdoctoral community at the NIH is large (approximately 4,000 strong) and vibrant. Trainees come from across the U.S. and around the world. Support for international postdocs is provided by the NIH Division of International Services.

      Eligibility: To be eligible for postdoctoral training in the NIH IRP, individuals must hold a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DDS, or the equivalent) and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are appointed to Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Awards (IRTAs); citizens of other nations are appointed as Visiting Fellows.

      Stipend and Benefits: The stipends for postdoctoral trainees at the NIH are adjusted yearly; with supplements for prior experience, multiple degrees, and expertise in areas of current interest to the NIH such as mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and bioinformatics. Note that stipends for Postdoc IRTAs and Visiting Fellows are identical. Benefits include health insurance for the trainee and his/her family, and support for coursework related to the trainee's research and travel to meetings is often available. In addition, the NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom) and the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) sponsor a wide range of career development and social activities. The OITE includes an Office of Postdoctoral Services, a Career Services Center and Career Library.

      The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

  • Post-doc: Pharmacometrics, U Cape Town
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 25 - June 24, 2015

      The Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) is looking for highly a motivated science/engineering PhD graduate to join the pharmacometrics group as a post-doctoral fellow.

      Pharmacometrics is an emerging discipline that applies mathematical modelling and simulation to pharmacology, aiding the interpretation of data from clinical trials, helping decision making, and improving study design. This fellowship is a great opportunity for a scientist in quantitative sciences to apply their expertise within the framework of biomedical research, and pharmacometrics is a highly-sought set of professional skills both in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry.

      Our division has established clinical and pharmacokinetic/ pharmacodynamic expertise in the area of tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria. The pharmacometrics group within the division is active internationally and supported by on-going collaborations with some of the most renowned modelling groups worldwide.

      What you need:
      A PhD in engineering, physics, mathematics or (bio-)statistics obtained within the past 5 years. OR a PhD in biological sciences AND evidence of keen interest and proficiency towards the quantitative side of the subject. Experience with computer programming (e.g. R, Matlab, C++) and data analysis. Previous experience in pharmacometrics (e.g. NONMEM, Monolix) would be advantageous, but not essential. A good command of English, passion about scientific research, and the ability to work within a team.

      What we offer:
      Mentorship and guidance to learn pharmacometrics (although the candidate is expected to be able to learn independently). A range of research projects, mainly in the area of PK/PD of TB/HIV, and malaria. A generous scholarship renewable for up to 3 years.

      For more details (please take notice of all the conditions of the award): http://www.clinpharm.uct.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Postdoc-Announcement-2015-UCT-pharmacometrics-website.pdf

      To apply, please email paolo.denti@uct.ac.za with your CV and a letter of motivation.

  • Post-doc: Mechanics of Plant Root Growth & Bending, Utrecht U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 25 - June 24, 2015

      Postdoc: mechanics of plant root growth and bending (1,0 fte)

      Job description
      The root system of a plant is crucial for its survival and yield, as it ensures anchorage to the substrate as well as access to water and nutrients. Lateral root patterning, the positioning of lateral roots along the main root of a plant, is a major determinant of overall root system architecture. Due to the complexity of this developmental process, involving factors such as root growth mechanics, gene regulation and hormonal signalling that act at different spatial and temporal scales and interact in complex manners, lateral root patterning has thus far remained poorly understood.

      In the current project we aim to develop state-of-the art multi-scale models of plant root development to increase our understanding of lateral root patterning. For this we will intensively collaborate with experimental groups. The project is funded by a Vidi-grant awarded to Dr. K. ten Tusscher.

      The candidate will be developing a model for the mechanics of root growth, incorporating processes such as cell growth, division and expansion, asymmetric growth leading to root bending and root waving, as well as emergence of lateral roots from the main plant root. His/her challenge will be to develop a model that is biologically realistic, yet computationally efficient.

      Qualifications
      For the above described project we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a firm knowledge and established experience in the computational modelling of mechanical processes and a genuine interest in (plant) biology.

      Offer
      The candidate is offered a full-time position for two years.

      The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project.

      The gross salary is in the range between 2.977 euros,- and maximum 3.908 euros,- per month.

      About the organisation
      Utrecht University has great ambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles which are centred around four themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues.

      The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 3500 students and nearly 2000 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.

      The candidate will be working in the Theoretical Biology Group at the Biology Department of Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The work will take place in the Computational Developmental and Evolutionary Biology subgroup of Dr. Kirsten ten Tusscher.

      About the Group
      The researchers of the Theoretical Biology Group use mathematical modeling and computer simulations to perform fundamental biological research in a variety of biological disciplines ranging from developmental biology and immunology to evolution.

      The Theoretical Biology group is part of the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB), which focuses on the interaction between experiments, theory and modeling to obtain a systems level understanding of complex dynamic biological processes and their evolution. The IBB is embedded in one of the largest Biology departments in the Netherlands (>200 new students per year), and collaborates with other departments of the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht.

      The Theoretical Biology Group teaches Systemsbiology to biology students at the bachelor and master level. PhD students in the group have diverse backgrounds ranging from biology, mathematics, physics to computer science, and typically half of them are from abroad.

      Additional information
      Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Dr. Kirsten ten Tusscher, email: k.h.w.j.tentusscher@uu.nl. As part of the selection procedure, candidates are expected to give an oral presentation of their prior research.

      Apply
      To apply please attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and (email) addresses of two referees. The application deadline is 31/08/2015.

  • Post-doc: Math/Biostats/Epidemiology, Norwegian U Life Sciences
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 24 - June 17, 2015

      For information about the post-doctoral position, see http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/114975/post-doctoral-research-fellow-in-mathematics-biostatistics-epidemiology-refnr-15-02198

  • Post-doc: Model Schistosomiasis..., Case Western Reserve U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 23 - June 10, 2015

      Postdoctoral opportunity: Modeling ecology, transmission, control of schistosomiasis in complex environments.

      Applications are being accepted for a 2-4 year postdoctoral position to join a multi-institutional team (CWRU, Yale University, Erasmus MC, Netherlands).

      The overarching goal of this project is to model schistosomiasis transmission in complex environments and realistic host demographics, and apply such systems for prediction and control analysis. The models will range in scope from individual-based in-host biology, to population-based distributed human-snail systems. Different intervention strategies will be explored combining drug therapies with snail control.

      New methodologies and computers tools will be developed for such systems, and applied to multiple data sets collected in several countries. Sub-projects include: developing new epidemiological approaches to human infection, snail population biology, case studies, statistical methods and algorithms, and software codes and tools.

      Qualified applicants will have a PhD in applied mathematics, quantitative ecology, epidemiology, biostatistics, physical sciences, computational statistics or related quantitative discipline. Computer skills and experience with data analysis are important, in particular familiarity with Wolfram Mathematica.

      Successful applicants will be based at the Case Western Reserve University (Drs D. Gurarie, C. King), but they will collaborate with Yale group (Dr. A. Galvani), and Erasmus MC (Dr. S. DeVlas). To apply, send CV and covering letter to dxg5@case.edu. The letter should include a description of research interests, contact information for three references, and any preferences for location of employment. Also describe any relevant skills and prior research experience.

      Review of applications will begin on 1 June 2015 and continue until position is filled.

  • Post-doc: Data Analyst: Environment & Human Health, Harvard U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 23 - June 10, 2015

      Job Advertisement: Data Analyst: Environment and Human Health

      Search: We are looking to hire a post-doctoral researcher with a strong quantitative, (bio)statistical, and/or epidemiological background to integrate several databases for complex systems analysis.

      Project Description: We have recently received a 2-3 year research grant to study the intersection of global fisheries declines and the destabilization of local to global food security, leading to drastic changes in human nutrition. Our research will answer the following four questions: 1) what is the current role of seafood in maintaining macro and micro-nutrient nutrition for populations around the world; 2) how will projected changes in global fish stocks affect human nutrition; 3) which populations have the greatest nutritional vulnerability to changes in the status of fisheries; and 4) which marine conservation and fisheries management strategies would pay the largest health dividends at a variety of scales from local to global? One of the centerpiece products of this effort will be an analytic framework and architecture that will allow decision-makers to calculate the health implications of different marine management strategies at a variety of scales from local to global. To perform this work, we have assembled a group of specialists whose expertise ranges across several disciplines from climate modeling and fisheries ecology to resource/development economics and nutritional epidemiology. By modeling shifts in diets based on changes in access to fisheries, we can estimate per capita changes in fish consumption and calculate changes in the prevalence of risk for a variety of micronutrient deficiencies (i.e. iron, zinc, vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids). Using this modeling approach, we can estimate shifts in burdens of disease for particular populations associated with either increased or decreased access to seafood in the diet. Such estimates will allow decision makers to calculate, for the first time, the public health implications of their management decisions, creating policy tools that have the potential to revolutionize how we think about fisheries management, how we internalize health costs into marine management, and how we improve food insecurity in the Global South.

      The post-doctoral researcher will be based at the Harvard School of Public Health and/or the Harvard University Center for the Environment and work closely with Dr. Chris Golden (PI) and Dr. Sam Myers (co-PI). The post-doc will lead the health modeling of this working group and will liaise with experts from UBC, UCSB, and UW (and their post-doc) who will do the environmental and economic modeling. This research fellowship will last for 1 year and be renewable for a second year. Salary will be $74K per year of which $18K is designated for benefits (take-home salary roughly $56K). At Harvard, we have a rich community of researchers investigating the interrelationship of ecosystem transformation and human health and we believe the post-doc will find the community of scholars an inspiring one.

      Skills/Background Experience:
      -Strong statistical and quantitative analysis background required. Preference for working in Stata or R
      -Preference for training in epidemiology, biostatistics, complex systems analysis, quantitative methods, or related fields
      -Preference for experience working with large datasets and integrating multiple kinds of data in an analytic framework.

      To apply: Please submit a CV and brief cover letter detailing relevant experience and reason for interest in the project to Dr. Chris Golden (golden@hsph.harvard.edu). Please also send the names of three references. Interviewing and hiring will take place prior to July 30th. Position will start around September 1, 2015.

  • Post-doc: Yeast Systems Biology, U North Carolina
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 22 - June 3, 2015

      Postdoctoral position in yeast systems biology - University of North Carolina

      We are seeking one or more postdoctoral fellows to develop computational models and/or conduct live cell imaging analysis. The goal of the project is to study the role of noise in cellular signal transduction pathways (via G protein coupled receptors and MAPKs) and cell fate transitions. This NIH-funded project is a collaborative effort between the labs of Drs. Timothy Elston, Henrik Dohlman and Beverly Errede. The successful candidate will have a PhD in computational biology, biophysics, physics, applied mathematics, biochemistry, cell biology, or a related field, a proven track record of research productivity, and enjoy participating in interdisciplinary team science.

      Project details: All intracellular processes are subject to large amounts of molecular-level fluctuations. In certain contexts, this "noise" may serve as a bet-hedging mechanism to diversify the response of a population of otherwise identical cells, whereas in other contexts noise suppression may be required to properly coordinate response pathways when cells are faced with multiple competing stimuli. The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the premier model system for studying mechanisms of noise regulation. Planned investigations will combine microfluidic devices and fluorescent imaging to follow single cells in well controlled environments, quantitative image analysis to characterize fluctuations in signaling and gene expression, and stochastic modeling to suggest and test noise regulation mechanisms.

      Lab websites:
      http://www.med.unc.edu/~hdohlman/research.html
      http://www.med.unc.edu/pharm/elstonlab/index.html
      http://www.med.unc.edu/biochem/errede

      Please email letter of interest, CV, and the names of three references to Prof. Tim Elston at telston@med.unc.edu.

  • Post-doc: Cell Metabolism of Cancer Cells, U Southern Cal.
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 22 - June 3, 2015

      The Computational Systems Biology Laboratory (CSBL) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow interested in understanding the cellular metabolism of cancer cells. The fellow will work to develop an experiment-based, validated computational model of metabolism in pancreatic cancer and apply the model to identify therapies that inhibit tumor metabolism. Ultimately, the goal of this work is to impact the development of therapeutics for treating pancreatic cancer by providing a more in-depth understanding of the dynamics of altered metabolism and how the metabolic pathways can be exploited to impede cancer progression. The fellow will interact with experimental collaborators and clinical consultants.

      Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Research experience in computational modeling of biochemical or metabolic reactions as evidenced by publication record; Proficient knowledge of MATLAB; Desire to identify and tackle new problems in cancer metabolism; Desire to work in a multi-disciplinary research environment; Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with faculty, students, and staff; Experience with any of the following techniques is particularly desirable: kinetic modeling of metabolic pathways, parameter fitting, and stochastic simulations.

      Minimum Education: Doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, or related field, from an accredited institution.

      Work Environment: The CSBL is located on the University Park campus of the University of Southern California (USC). The position will involve interactions with faculty, postdocs, and students both within and outside of USC.

      Salary: Commensurate with experience

      Interested individuals should contact Professor Stacey Finley via email (sfinley@usc.edu) and provide a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references that can affirm the applicant's qualifications for this position.

  • Post-doc: Computational Neuroscience, Louisiana State U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 22 - June 3, 2015

      Postdoctoral Researcher
      Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

      A two (2) year Postdoctoral Researcher position is available in the lab of Carmen Canavier in the School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. The focus of the lab is computational neuroscience. The main project is to model bursting and tonic firing in midbrain dopamine neurons, in close collaboration with experimentalists. Additional projects focus on oscillations and synchrony in cortical and basal ganglia networks. The primary duties will involve linear and non-linear analyses, writing code, calibrating single neuron models, and generating predictions that lead to additional experiments.

      Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Engineering, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Computer Science or a related field of study. Familiarity with nonlinear dynamics, writing code, running the simulation package NEURON, and modeling single neurons is preferred.

      Qualified candidates may submit resume along with cover letter and contact information for three references electronically to: SOM-recruits@lsuhsc.edu; reference 00049561. This appointment is a two (2) year assigned only. Applications should be received before July 1 to ensure consideration for the position. LSUHSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer for females, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

  • Post-doc: Modelling in Synthetic Biology, U Nottingham
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 21 - May 27, 2015

      Vacancy Mathematical/Computational Modelling in Synthetic Biology at the University of Nottingham.

      See:
      Research Associate/Fellow - Mathematical/Computational Modelling in Synthetic Biology
      http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/MED284314X2

      Closing date 18 June 2015. Informal enquiries to john.king@nottingham.ac.uk

  • Post-doc: Infectious Disease Modeling, St. Jude Children's...
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 21 - May 27, 2015

      Postdoctoral Research Associate in Infectious Disease Modeling

      Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

      Job Description:
      The Department of Infectious Diseases is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow interested in mathematical/computational modeling of viral infections, bacterial infections, and host immune responses in the laboratory of Amber Smith. The candidate will develop and analyze dynamical models and use parameter estimation to investigate experimental kinetic data, help develop new experiments, and generate new hypotheses about the biology of influenza infections and coinfections. The individual will pursue interdisciplinary research at the boundary of mathematics and biology, with activities that include directly working with experimentalists within the laboratory and the department, publishing results in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting results at conferences.

      Job Qualifications:
      Candidates should have a PhD in applied mathematics, mathematical biology, computer or computational science, physics (or other related field) with some knowledge of biology and experience in modeling and analyzing biological data. Candidates should have strong mathematical and statistical skills, and an interest in viral dynamics, bacterial dynamics, and/or immunology. Preference will be given to candidates with previous research experience in these areas, good programming skills (e.g. MatLab, R, Python) and excellent written and oral English.

      Salary & Benefits:
      Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and offered according to St. Jude and NIH guidelines. St. Jude offers an above-average benefits package to postdoctoral fellows including health and dental insurance; group life insurance; liability insurance; workers compensation; accidental death and dismemberment eligibility; short term/long term disability eligibility; a professional development account; paid holidays; paid vacation plus two personal days per year; and paid sick leave.

      Applications:
      The position is available immediately (start date negotiable) and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted directly to Amber Smith at amber.smith@stjude.org

      For more information, contact Amber Smith (email: amber.smith@stjude.org) or visit www.stjude.org/academic-programs

  • Post-docs: Mathematical Biology, NIMBioS, U Tennessee
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 21 - May 27, 2015

      Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications at NIMBioS
      Next Deadline: September 1, 2015

      The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), located at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and biology. Highest priority will be given to those with explicit plans to develop their ability to effectively carry on research across these fields. We are particularly interested in requests to support research that integrates diverse fields, requires synthesis at multiple scales, and/or makes use of or requires development of new mathematical/computational approaches. NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows are chosen based upon indications that the applicant's research plans are consistent with the mission of NIMBioS, the applicant has the demonstrated ability to carry out the proposed research, and the opportunities provided through NIMBioS will enhance the capacity for the research to be completed in an efficient and timely manner. Support: annual stipend of $51,000, full University of Tennessee employee fringe benefits, and an annual travel allowance of $3,000.

      How to apply: Complete the online application and submit a brief project description, references, and CV following the guidelines available at http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/

      Deadline: NIMBioS postdoctoral requests for support are reviewed two times per year, and the selected researchers are offered positions at NIMBioS where they conduct research that is mostly self-directed. The deadline for activities beginning in summer/fall 2016 is September 1, 2015 but applications for positions starting later in 2016 are also accepted at this time. All letters of recommendation must be submitted before the request deadline.

      The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Faculty and other positions

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  • Tenure-Tracks: Medical & Biomedical Physics, U British Columbia
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 33 - August 19, 2015

      University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (Job ID 19808).

      PHYSICS - Two Assistant Professors (tenure-track) - Medical and Biomedical Physics

      The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, invites applications for two tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin as early as July 1, 2016. The positions will be held in Unit 5 in the Barber School (http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/ikbarberschool/welcome.html).

      UBC is consistently ranked among the world's top 40 universities, and the UBC system comprises two distinct and autonomous campuses in the province of British Columbia - one in Vancouver and the other in Kelowna. Situated in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of the province, Kelowna is experiencing rapid growth and is considered one of the most desirable regions to live in Canada.

      The physics department at UBC Okanagan is part of a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary unit of more than 25 faculty members in the areas of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics. The successful candidates will each have a PhD in Physics, a strong research record, and demonstrated excellence in and commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Preference will be given to candidates specializing in any broad areas relating to (i) radiation oncology or imaging medical physics; (ii) molecular imaging and biomedical physics with potential applications to radiation oncology; or (iii) computational biomedical physics. The Unit is developing a medical physics graduate program under a joint collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency - Centre for the Southern Interior (BCCA-CSI). This process will include application to CAMPEP (www.campep.org) for accreditation of the program. The department has active research in radiation oncology physics, medical imaging, biological applications, and data science, and offers a suite of related graduate courses. Contribution to the research mandate of the department, including the continued development of the medical physics graduate program is expected. The ability to integrate your scholarship into ongoing research activities at the BCCA-CSI and/or within UBCO Faculties, and to enhance existing research strengths in Physics, Data Science, and Engineering, is strongly desired.

      Further information can be found at http://medicalphysics.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html, http://physics.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html, http://engineering.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html.

  • Faculty Position: Mathematical Biology, Virginia Tech
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 32 - August 14, 2015

      Virginia Tech Department of Mathematics Faculty Position in Mathematical Biology

      The Virginia Tech Department of Mathematics anticipates a tenure-track opening in Mathematical Biology with a start date of August 10, 2016, at our Blacksburg, VA, campus. The successful candidate will have a strong background in mathematical biology. Possible specialties include, but are not limited to, infectious diseases (host dynamics, population dynamics), ecology and evolutionary biology, molecular dynamics, and systems biology. Appointment as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics is anticipated, but exceptional senior candidates will be considered for positions of Associate Professor of Mathematics or Professor of Mathematics. This search is related to broad initiatives, undertaken by the College of Science in support of the university's strategic plan, to expand research in directions, such as Infectious Diseases, that cut across department lines and to introduce interdisciplinary majors, such as Systems Biology. (For further information, visit www.science.vt.edu and look under Academy of Integrated Science and Research Clusters).

      Job requirements include a Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a distinguished research program and to provide effective instruction and advising to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students. Other responsibilities include: continuing development of professional capabilities and scholarly activities, including travel to professional conferences; curriculum development; participation in department, college, and university governance; and professional service.

      An online application is required. To complete the online application, go to http://www.hr.vt.edu, choose Jobs, then Job Seekers, then Current Job Openings, then Search Jobs, and choose the Mathematics Department or choose posting number TR0150089. Please include a cover letter, a CV, a research statement, and a teaching statement as part of the online application. Each applicant should follow the instructions in the online application system to request that four references submit letters of recommendation, or letters can be emailed to mathbio15@math.vt.edu. Additional information about position requirements and responsibilities can be found at http://www.hr.vt.edu or https://www.math.vt.edu. The faculty handbook (available at http://www.provost.vt.edu) gives a complete description of faculty responsibilities. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must pass a criminal background check. Questions about the search may be addressed to mathbio15@math.vt.edu.

      Applications received by October 2, 2015, will receive full consideration. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Institution. Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Ms. Debbie Williams (dbritts@math.vt.edu, 540-231-6536) or call TTY 1-800-828-1120 by the application deadline. Virginia Tech is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.

  • Tenure-Tracks: Applied Mathematics, Amherst College
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 31 - August 5, 2015

      Amherst College has two tenure-track Assistant Professor Mathematics positions, one with a preference for applied mathematics. We seek applicants who can teach and encourage students of diverse backgrounds, including first-generation students, international students, and students with varying mathematical preparation. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester and supervising undergraduate theses. Requirements: Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field, strong commitment to research, passion for teaching. Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement, teaching statement, and at least three letters of recommendation, at least one specifically addressing teaching, to MathJobs.Org. Applications accepted until the positions are filled; those received by December 1, 2015, will be guaranteed consideration.

  • Faculty Positions: Statistics, Notre Dame U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 31 - August 5, 2015

      University of Notre Dame, College of Science, Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics

      Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Statistics (ACMS)

      Location: Notre Dame, IN
      Closes: Dec 1, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time (GMT-4 hours)

      The Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) in The University of Notre Dame has three statistics positions at both the junior and senior level to fill this year. Our preference would be two statisticians at a senior (tenured) level and the remaining position at a junior (tenure-track) level. The statisticians should be in any areas of research that build on our existing activities. Preference will be given to applicants whose research includes multi-disciplinary collaborations.

      ACMS includes research groups in applied mathematics, statistics and computational science. The current fourteen faculty members have research interests in Bayesian statistics, statistical bioinformatics and high-dimensional data, statistics in networks, and Big Data, multiscale modeling of blood clotting and biofilms, mathematical modeling in cell biology and tumor growth, MEMS, numerical and computational algorithms, and computational neuroscience. ACMS offers a Bachelor of Science, a doctoral degree, a research master's degree, and a professional master's degree. ACMS is a member of the College of Science.

      The teaching load in ACMS is three courses per year, and the positions begin in August 2016.

      QUALIFICATIONS
      The successful statistics applicants must have a doctorate in statistics, biostatistics, or a closely related field, and a record of success in both research and teaching.

      APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
      Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statements, should be uploaded at http://apptrkr.com/644634. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the Interfolio system. These letters should address the applicant's research accomplishments and supply evidence that the applicant has the ability to communicate articulately and teach effectively.

      Senior faculty are invited to contact the Department Chair, Andrew Sommese, at sommese@nd.edu, at any time.

      We will begin reviewing completed applications received by November 1 or earlier, but will also review those submitted by December 1.

      The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

  • NIH: Selected Intramural Research & Other Openings, Aug 2015
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 31 - August 5, 2015

      NIH-Wide Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator Search (deadline: September 30)

      The National Institutes of Health, the U.S. government's premier biomedical and behavioral research enterprise and a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce its seventh annual call for "NIH Earl Stadtman Investigators," a broad recruitment of tenure-track investigators (assistant professor equivalent) for the NIH intramural research program.

      Come join the team whose hallmarks are stable funding, intellectual freedom, shared resources, and access to a wide range of scientific expertise. A fantastic array of scientists already has been hired through the "Stadtman" recruitment in the last six years.

      A variety of basic and translational/clinical positions are available, with areas of active recruitment including (but not limited to): Behavioral Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Biostatistics, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Cell Metabolism, Chemical Biology, Chromosome Biology, Circadian Biology, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics (including natural language processing and text mining), Developmental Biology, Epidemiology, Genetics, Genomics, Health Disparities, Hearing & Balance, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Molecular Pharmacology, Neurodevelopment, Neurosciences, Sensory Biology, Social Sciences, Structural Biology, Systems Biology, Toxicology, Translational and Clinical Research, and Virology.

      Who we are: Among our approximately 1,100 principal investigators and 5,000 trainees in the NIH intramural research program are world-renowned experts in basic, translational, population-based, and clinical research. Similar to academia, we offer our scientists the opportunity to mentor outstanding trainees at all levels (e.g., graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) in a research setting.

      Whom we seek: We seek a diverse cadre of creative thinkers eager to take on innovative, high-impact research.

      Qualifications/eligibility: Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S./D.M.D., D.V.M., D.O., R.N./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree and have an outstanding record of research accomplishments as evidenced by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants should be non-tenured scientists. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-authorization visa.

      How to apply: Applicants must submit four items: (1) a CV, which should include mentoring and leadership activities; (2) a three-page proposal titled Research Goals, i.e., the research you hope to perform at the NIH; (3) a one-page statement titled Long-term Research Vision and Impact, i.e., what you hope to achieve for yourself, your field, and society; and (4) contact information for three professional references. Submit these through our online application system at http://tenuretrack.nih.gov/apply between August 1 and September 30, 2015 (11:59 p.m. EDT). You will be asked to designate a primary and secondary scientific area of expertise to aid in assigning your application to the appropriate review committee. Requests for letters of recommendation will be sent to your references when you submit your application. Reference letters will be accepted via upload to the website until October 7, 2015 (11:59 p.m. EDT). We cannot accept paper applications.

      What to expect: Search committees, composed of experts in various fields, will review and evaluate applicants based on criteria which include publication record, mentoring experience, scientific vision, potential scientific impact of current and proposed research, awards, and references. Select applicants will be invited to the NIH for interviews and will be considered candidates. These candidates will also present seminars open to the public. Some applicants not selected as Earl Stadtman Investigator candidates may be considered for other open NIH research positions. Please find answers to frequently asked questions at http://tenuretrack.nih.gov/apply/faq/stadtman.html .

      More information about our program is at http://irp.nih.gov . The inspiring story of Earl and Thressa Stadtman's research at the NIH is at http://history.nih.gov/exhibits/stadtman . Specific questions regarding this recruitment effort may be directed to Dr. Roland Owens, Assistant Director, NIH Office of Intramural Research, at owensrol@mail.nih.gov . DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

      THE NIH IS DEDICATED TO BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE AND DIVERSE COMMUNITY IN ITS TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

      Chief
      Biostatistics Branch, NCI-DCEG
      (Review of Applications Begins: October 1)

      The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute is recruiting an accomplished, senior scientist to serve as Chief of its Biostatistics Branch (BB). DCEG scientists carry out a comprehensive program of research on the environmental and genetic causes of cancer, with a strong emphasis on molecular epidemiology. BB scientists play an integral role in the design, analysis and interpretation of DCEG studies, conduct independent statistical and computational research on methods for such studies, conduct selected epidemiologic studies, improve methods for gathering and analyzing epidemiologic, clinical and laboratory data, and train pre- and post-doctoral fellows and others in biostatistics and descriptive epidemiology.

      The Branch Chief directs an intramural research program, provides leadership and facilitates research activities of Branch scientists, and plans and directs independent statistical and computational research. In addition to overseeing the administrative management of the Branch, responsibilities include supervising staff members, mentoring tenure track investigators and post doctoral fellows, and ensuring the scientific quality of the Branch research portfolio. The Chief also plays a major role in ensuring the epidemiologic and methodologic rigor of research across DCEG. BB currently has a staff of 24 scientists, including 11 tenured or tenure track independent investigators, and additional recruitments are anticipated. Resources available to BB include contract support for computer programming and for epidemiologic field studies and access to large general population and specialized occupational and environmental cohort studies as well as extensive molecular epidemiology data.

      The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree in biostatistics, statistics or a related field. He or she must demonstrate knowledge of epidemiologic and statistical methods and ability to: (1) conduct high-quality original research using mathematical and biostatistical approaches; (2) publish such work in peer-reviewed scientific or medical journals and present it at scientific meetings; and (3) have evidence of national/international recognition for research contributions. The candidate must also demonstrate administrative experience, including supervision and scientific management.

      The Chief, Biostatistics Branch, will be eligible for a tenured appointment at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) will be provided. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and bibliography, a brief summary of research interests and accomplishments, scientific administrative experience, copies of up to five publications or preprints, and the names and addresses of three references to: Ms. Catherine McClave; Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute; 9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 7E-440; Bethesda, MD 20892-9774; e-mail: mcclavec@mail.nih.gov. Applications received by October 1, 2015, will be considered for a first round of interviews, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

      The NIH Intramural Research Program
      http://irp.nih.gov/
      http://irp.nih.gov/careers/tenured-and-tenure-track-scientific-careers

      Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows
      https://www.training.nih.gov/
      https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services/jobs

      Link to NIH Jobs
      http://www.jobs.nih.gov/

  • Faculty Position in Systems Genomics, University of Melbourne
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 30 - July 29, 2015

      Lecturer in Systems Genomics (tenure-track) faculty position available at the University of Melbourne, Australia

      The School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne is seeking to recruit an excellent researcher with a commitment to research and teaching in the area of systems genomics. Systems genomics is defined broadly to include any area of computational, mathematical or statistics-based research on aspects of the processes which lead from genotype to phenotype.

      The successful applicant will have the opportunity to be a member of the University's new Centre for Systems Genomics http://sysgenmelb.org/

      Closing date Aug 12, 2015

      Further details are available from http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/886164/lecturer-in-systems-genomics

      For more information contact Professor David Balding (School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne) dbalding@unimelb.edu.au

  • Positions in Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 30 - July 29, 2015

      The Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics is recruiting for two positions for the upcoming year. For further information please see

      http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/applied-math/job-opportunities.html

  • Research Scientist: Metabolic Network Modeling (209456)
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 30 - July 29, 2015

      The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is looking for junior and senior scientists to join the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute (BHSAI) [www.BHSAI.org]. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to the BHSAI.

      This opening is for a dynamic scientist with interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment with a focus on the development and application of computational solutions to biomedical problems, including toxicology, drug resistance, and infectious disease.

      Responsibilities:

      1. Use computational modeling to integrate transcriptomic and metabolomic data with metabolic networks to understand malaria host/pathogen responses to different physiological stressors, including drug treatment.
      2. Perform both basic and applied research in close collaboration with experimental laboratories.
      3. Simultaneously work on multiple projects, involving a diverse and interdisciplinary team of scientists across multiple laboratories.

      The candidate should have a Ph.D. in a related discipline and a strong publication record. Experience in high-performance computing, biostatistics or population genomics, mathematical modeling, and biological network analysis is a plus. Expertise in at least one of C, C++, Java, Python or Perl is a must. PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU HAVE PROVEN COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY EXPERIENCE.

      Foreign nationals are welcome to apply. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is not required. This position is located in Frederick, Maryland.

      Please apply on-line at careers.hjf.org click "Advanced Search" and enter job number 209456 in the Job Opening ID box.

      The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

  • Research Scientist: Computational Bioinformatics/Systems Biology (209457)
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 30 - July 29, 2015

      The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is looking for junior and senior scientists to join the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute (BHSAI) [www.BHSAI.org]. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to the BHSAI.

      This opening is for dynamic scientists interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment.

      Responsibilities:

      1. Develop and apply computational solutions to biomedical problems involving computational bioinformatics and systems biology approaches.
      2. Analyze and model protein networks relevant to infectious diseases and human disorders, cell signaling, and gene regulatory networks using, among others, ordinary/partial differential equations and stochastic simulation algorithms.
      3. Work simultaneously on multiple projects, involving a diverse and interdisciplinary team of scientists across multiple laboratories.

      The candidate should have a Ph.D. in a related discipline, extensive computational experience, and a strong publication record. PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU HAVE PROVEN COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY EXPERIENCE.

      Foreign nationals are welcome to apply. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is not required. This position is located in Frederick, Maryland.

      Please apply on-line at careers.hjf.org click "Advanced Search" and enter job number 209457 in the Job Opening ID box.

      The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

  • Chair and Professor: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, TTU
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 30 - July 29, 2015

      Texas Tech University
      Department of Mathematics and Statistics
      Chair and Professor


      The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University invites applications for the position of Department Chair and Professor beginning fall 2016. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

      Candidates must have demonstrated outstanding vision, leadership, and scholarship, possess strong commitments to interdisciplinary research and educational activities, and be a collegial motivator and advocate for faculty. A Ph.D. in mathematics or statistics is required. The successful candidate is expected to work with the faculty to develop the department under a strategic vision, foster excellence in research and teaching, and provide appropriate service to the college, university, and profession.

      The department currently has 45 full-time faculty members with active research groups in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Six degrees are offered: B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mathematics and M.S. in Statistics, as well as several interdisciplinary and combined undergraduate and graduate degrees. For further information regarding the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, please refer to the department.s website: http://www.math.ttu.edu. Texas Tech University, located in west Texas in the city of Lubbock, was founded in 1923. The student population is 35,000 and is anticipated to grow to 40,000. Texas Tech is a state- designated national research university. Its strategic plan charts a course for becoming a great public research university by 2020. The university has the characteristics of a Carnegie-classified doctoral granting university with very high research productivity.

      Applicants should apply at http://www.texastech.edu/careers/ using Requisition 4369BR. Applicants should submit a detailed letter of application along with a current resumC) including externally-funded research, teaching, administrative experience, publications. and four letters of professional reference. Questions about the position and/or the application process can be directed to mathchairsearch@ttu.edu

      Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with those received prior to October 1, 2015, assured full consideration.

      As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

  • Tenure-Tracks: ...Lab. of Experimental Mathematics, Hokkaido U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 29 - July 22, 2015

      Hokkaido University invites applications for Six Tenure-Track positions at the Assistant Professor level, beginning in January, 2016. We seek accomplished young individuals who can enhance the research capabilities of the university and display extraordinary leadership as new generation of leaders.The tenure-track selection process evaluates not only research skills, but also comprehensive abilities as leaders (administration, motivation, planning skills, analytical skills and internationality).

      One of six positions is in Research Center of Mathematics for Social Creativity/Laboratory of Experimental Mathematics. Please see the details NO. 27-1 in the following web site: http://tenure-track.cris.hokudai.ac.jp/en/opencall/fy2015-international-open-call-for-tenure-track-positions/

  • Faculty Positions: Applied Mathematics, U Bath
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 29 - July 22, 2015

      Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, UK

      Faculty Positions in Applied Mathematics

      The Department wishes to make two appointments in Applied Mathematics. Applications are welcome in any area of Applied Mathematics which complements and enhances existing activity at Bath, which includes Mathematical Biology.

      Appointments may be made at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader level, equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor.

      Further information is available from https://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=FY3282

  • NIH: Selected Intramural Research & Other Openings, July 2015
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 27 - July 8, 2015

      Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigator
      Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, NCI-DCEG
      (Review of Applications Begins: July 1)

      The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a major component of the NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services, is recruiting a descriptive epidemiologist for a tenure-track or tenure-eligible position available in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). Descriptive epidemiology is used in its broad definition, including but not restricted to cancer surveillance research, population-based cancer incidence and mortality registry studies to test existing or generate new etiologic and survival hypotheses, and leveraging data on molecular heterogeneity, gender, ethnicity, age, secular trends and geography (including cancer mapping and other geospatial studies). These would include studies within relatively small geographic areas, countries, and internationally, and would utilize the opportunities afforded by new technologies including record-linkage studies that supplement aggregate-level data with individual-level information. The scope could also encompass development of novel biostatistical methods to supplement standard descriptive techniques, particularly in the emerging opportunities in tumor heterogeneity and application of new technologies. A candidate for this position need not have experience in all aspects of descriptive epidemiology, but should be familiar with them and be experienced in several.

      The mission of DCEG is to conduct broad-based, high quality, high impact research to uncover the causes of cancer and the means of its prevention. DCEG maintains a national and international perspective, giving priority to emergent issues identified through epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory observations, as well as to public health concerns identified by the NCI, Congress, regulatory agencies, and other appropriate bodies. The Division develops research resources and strategic partnerships in epidemiology and related disciplines across NCI, NIH, and the global research community. The Division holds as its top priority the training and development of the next generation of scientists in cancer epidemiology and related fields.

      Applicants must have a doctorate in epidemiology, medicine, biostatistics or equivalent doctoral level qualifications, relevant experience after the doctorate in chronic disease epidemiology including significant experience in descriptive epidemiology, and excellent computational skills. A strong record of high quality publications demonstrating an ability to collaborate effectively and to lead independent research is required. The candidates will be evaluated on evidence of specific accomplishments; creativity and novelty of scientific vision; sound analytic knowledge and skills; collaborative teamwork, especially across disciplines; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and complete projects in a timely fashion; productivity; evidence of effective and efficient leadership of new projects; and skill at effective oral and written scientific communication. Applicants at the tenure-eligible level will be leading experts in descriptive epidemiology. Experience working in studies with molecular and genetic components would be advantageous.

      Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments, and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan) is available. Interested individuals should send a complete application to Tricia C. Wilkerson at wilkersont@mail.nih.gov. The application should include: cover letter; curriculum vitae; summary of experience and research accomplishments; statement of research interests; copies of up to five publications or reprints; and three letters of reference, including at least one reference from a collaborator in epidemiology. Reference letters must be sent directly from the referee to the email address listed above. Any questions can also be directed to the e-mail address above. Review of applications will begin on or about July 1, 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. More information about this job announcement and about research programs in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics are available at http://dceg.cancer.gov/.

      The NIH Intramural Research Program
      http://irp.nih.gov/
      http://irp.nih.gov/careers/tenured-and-tenure-track-scientific-careers

      Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows
      https://www.training.nih.gov/
      https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services/jobs

  • Tenure-Track: Life Sciences, Centrum Wiskunde &..., Netherlands
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 24 - June 17, 2015

      Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) invites excellent postdoctoral researchers to apply for a tenure-track position in Life Sciences.

      The young and lively Life Sciences group at CWI performs fundamental research on algorithms, theory, models and simulations on topics from the Life Sciences. The core themes of the group are biomodeling and biosystems analysis, combinatorial algorithms for computational biology, computational genomics, medical informatics, neuroinformatics and scientific computing for systems biology.

      As a researcher at CWI Amsterdam you are expected to perform fundamental and application-oriented research, to supervise Ph.D. students, to participate in or lead research projects together with other academic institutes or industry, and to acquire external funding. You are able to work as an independent researcher who can set his/her own research agenda, as demonstrated by previous post-doctoral work experience. You can connect to current research at CWI while at the same time bringing in substantial new expertise.

      Requirements:
      We are looking for a candidate who is demonstrably an expert in the field of mathematics/computer science/computational science for the Life Sciences. The candidate is willing to cooperate within the Life Sciences group and CWI and to build up interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in the Life Sciences, e.g., with experimental biologists. A preference will be given to candidates who convincingly show how they strengthen existing core themes of the group or build bridges between them.

      The candidate has the ambition and potential to acquire personal research grants such as VENI/VIDI/VICI (NWO) or ERC grants (EU), as well as to acquire external funding for applied research (e.g. from NWO, STW, EU or industry). Moreover, she/he should have post-doctoral experience, and excellent communication skills.

      For more information, see http://www.cwi.nl/jobs/tenure-track-position-in-life-sciences.

  • Lecturer: Applied Mathematics, U Liverpool
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 23 - June 10, 2015

      Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Applied Mathematics.

      University of Liverpool, UK

      The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Liverpool is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in the area of Applied Mathematics. Individuals with a record of success in interdisciplinary modelling projects in areas such as mathematical biology, mathematical imaging, homogenisation and multi-scale modelling are particularly encouraged to apply. Further details can be found here: https://www.liv.ac.uk/working/jobvacancies/currentvacancies/academic/a-588061/

      Closing date: 3rd July 2015

  • NIH: Selected NIH Intramural Research & Other Openings
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 23 - June 10, 2015

      Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigator
      Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, NCI-DCEG
      (deadline: July 1)

      The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a major component of the NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services, is recruiting a descriptive epidemiologist for a tenure-track or tenure-eligible position available in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). Descriptive epidemiology is used in its broad definition, including but not restricted to cancer surveillance research, population-based cancer incidence and mortality registry studies to test existing or generate new etiologic and survival hypotheses, and leveraging data on molecular heterogeneity, gender, ethnicity, age, secular trends and geography (including cancer mapping and other geospatial studies). These would include studies within relatively small geographic areas, countries, and internationally, and would utilize the opportunities afforded by new technologies including record-linkage studies that supplement aggregate-level data with individual-level information. The scope could also encompass development of novel biostatistical methods to supplement standard descriptive techniques, particularly in the emerging opportunities in tumor heterogeneity and application of new technologies. A candidate for this position need not have experience in all aspects of descriptive epidemiology, but should be familiar with them and be experienced in several.

      The mission of DCEG is to conduct broad-based, high quality, high impact research to uncover the causes of cancer and the means of its prevention. DCEG maintains a national and international perspective, giving priority to emergent issues identified through epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory observations, as well as to public health concerns identified by the NCI, Congress, regulatory agencies, and other appropriate bodies. The Division develops research resources and strategic partnerships in epidemiology and related disciplines across NCI, NIH, and the global research community. The Division holds as its top priority the training and development of the next generation of scientists in cancer epidemiology and related fields.

      Applicants must have a doctorate in epidemiology, medicine, biostatistics or equivalent doctoral level qualifications, relevant experience after the doctorate in chronic disease epidemiology including significant experience in descriptive epidemiology, and excellent computational skills. A strong record of high quality publications demonstrating an ability to collaborate effectively and to lead independent research is required. The candidates will be evaluated on evidence of specific accomplishments; creativity and novelty of scientific vision; sound analytic knowledge and skills; collaborative teamwork, especially across disciplines; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and complete projects in a timely fashion; productivity; evidence of effective and efficient leadership of new projects; and skill at effective oral and written scientific communication. Applicants at the tenure-eligible level will be leading experts in descriptive epidemiology. Experience working in studies with molecular and genetic components would be advantageous.

      Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments, and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan) is available. Interested individuals should send a complete application to Tricia C. Wilkerson at wilkersont@mail.nih.gov. The application should include: cover letter; curriculum vitae; summary of experience and research accomplishments; statement of research interests; copies of up to five publications or reprints; and three letters of reference, including at least one reference from a collaborator in epidemiology. Reference letters must be sent directly from the referee to the email address listed above. Any questions can also be directed to the e-mail address above. Review of applications will begin on or about July 1, 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. More information about this job announcement and about research programs in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics are available at http://dceg.cancer.gov/.

      The NIH Intramural Research Program
      http://irp.nih.gov/
      http://irp.nih.gov/careers/tenured-and-tenure-track-scientific-careers

      Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows
      https://www.training.nih.gov/
      https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services/jobs

      Link to NIH Jobs
      http://www.jobs.nih.gov/

  • Lecturer: Applied Mathematics, U Manchester, UK
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 22 - June 3, 2015

      Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
      University of Manchester, UK

      The School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester seeks a new Lecturer in Applied Mathematics. Applications are welcome from researchers whose interests complement and extend existing activity within the School. Researchers with interests addressing data-driven or interdisciplinary applications (for example in industry, medicine, biology or geophysics) are particularly encouraged to apply. For further details, see https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/universityofmanchesterinternal/displayjob.aspx?jobid=9845

      Closing date: 31/07/2015

  • Position: Computational Biologist, ARA, Arlington, VA, US
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 22 - June 3, 2015

      Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is seeking a scientist to help develop mathematical models of the biological and physiological effects of hazardous materials and the environments due to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons.

      The candidate should have a background in computational biology or other life science, and well-developed skills in mathematical modeling and computer programming. The candidate should have an understanding of the physiological effects associated with acute injuries (burns and trauma) and exposure to radiation, hazardous materials and infectious organisms. The individual must have good research, analysis, and model development skills. The successful candidate will help develop and implement physiologically-based mathematical models of human response to hazardous exposures in support of consequence assessment and medical planning for emergency response. The candidate will work in a team environment and will assist in cultivating marketing opportunities.

      Required Skills: The candidate must have a B.S. in computational biology or a related science discipline, be proficient with mathematical or statistical modeling, and have an understanding of human response from the level of molecular biology to clinical presentation. The candidate must have well-developed oral and written communication skills and be able to work with little supervision, including setting and achieving interim milestones that support higher task objectives. The candidate must be able to obtain a U.S. government security clearance, which includes U.S. citizenship.

      Required Experience: Position requires two to four years of experience in a relevant scientific discipline.

      Desired Qualifications: A candidate with an advanced degree (Masters or PhD) is preferred. Proficiency in programming languages such as Python or MATLAB is highly desired; experience with Java or C++ is considered a plus. Candidate should have strong research and analytical skills.

      Application Instructions: Please apply at www.careers.ara.com for the Computational Biologist, (AD-2015-03) position. ARA is an EEO/AA employer.

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