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  • PhD Positions: Matrix Models, Eco-evolutionary..., U Amsterdam
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 34 - August 21, 2014

      Two PhD positions: Matrix population models, and Eco-evolutionary dynamics. Theoretical Ecology, University of Amsterdam

      One position is available in the research group of Prof. Andre de Roos, and one position is available in the research group of Prof. Hal Caswell.

      PhD position A: This position is part of the research program Eco-evolutionary dynamics of community self-organization through ontogenetic asymmetry, which is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant to Prof. dr. Andre de Roos.

      This research program focuses on the ecology and evolution of the complex life cycles that characterize the majority of animal species. In species with such life cycles juveniles and adults (or smaller and larger individuals) often differ in their energetic efficiency, as they feed on different resources. Recent research has shown that this so-called 'ontogenetic asymmetry in energetics' has counterintuitive consequences for population dynamics and may lead to self-organization in specific species interactions, but it is not yet known to what extent it also shapes the interaction networks in ecological communities in general. The main questions addressed in the ERC research project therefore are (1) under what conditions does ontogenetic asymmetry in energetics evolve as a driver of self-organization in ecological communities and (2) to what extent has ontogenetic asymmetry in energetics contributed to the diversity of life and the evolution of complex life cycles.

      The PhD project will aim at developing theory about the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of populations with complex life cycles using models that account for population size distributions and complex individual life histories. These models will be analyzed both analytically and numerically, for example, with numerical bifurcation programs and simulations. Model predictions will be confronted with experimental and empirical data from the literature or available through collaborations with other research groups.

      PhD position B: This position is part of a research program on Individual Stochasticity and Population Heterogeneity in Plant and Animal Populations, which is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant to Prof. Hal Caswell.

      Variation among individuals in reproduction, longevity, and other demographic traits, is universal. It has two potential sources: heterogeneity (biological differences among individuals in their properties) and individual stochasticity (random differences resulting from vital rates applied to identical individuals). The goal of this research program is to develop a comprehensive theory for incorporating individual stochasticity, other kinds of stochastic variation, and heterogeneity into demographic models for plants, animals, and humans.

      This Ph.D. project will develop theory and application of matrix population models to problems of stochasticity and heterogeneity in a wide range of populations. Applications may include questions of evolution, conservation, environmental effects, and health/disease status, involving plants, animals, and humans.

      Requirements:
      -A Master's degree or equivalent, with strong quantitative skills, in ecology, population biology, or theoretical biology.
      -Interest in developing new theory in population biology.
      -Good computer skills.
      -Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

      For additional information, please contact: Prof. dr. Andre de Roos at A.M.deRoos@uva.nl Prof. dr. Hal Caswell at h.caswell@uva.nl

      Both PhD projects start no later than January 1, 2015.

      Application instructions and information are available at http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/working-at-the-uva/vacancies/item/14-255.html

      Review of applications will begin September 30 2014.

  • MSc and PhD Positions: Math Biology, Memorial U of Newfoundland
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 33 - August 13, 2014

      M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions: Mathematical biology - Memorial University of Newfoundland

      I invite applicants for M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies in mathematical biology. Possible research topics include the ecology and evolution of infectious disease, animal movement models, and disease spread in changing environments.

      The salary for these positions is $20,000 per year with additional funding available for conference travel. Applicants should email Dr. Amy Hurford (ahurford@mun.ca). This email should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing your research interests and any relevant past experience, (ii) your CV, and (iii) transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies (if possible). I will consider applications as they are received. For full consideration applicants should indicate their interest before September 1, 2014. Applicants should be able to begin their studies in January, May or September, 2015.

      Interdisciplinary training in biology, mathematics and/or experience in computer programming is ideal, but only proficiency in one of these areas is necessary where there is an interest to develop further skills in the other areas.

      Memorial University is located in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada. The city offers many unique experiences with a vibrant arts community, stunning coastline, and proximity to a variety of outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, etc: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com).

  • PhD Position: Neural Fields & Movement Control, U Reading, UK
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 33 - August 13, 2014

      Frog in silico: Understanding hand-eye coordination
      Profs Ingo Bojak & William Harwin
      Systems Neuroscience Research Group, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK

      Hand-eye coordination has been extensively studied as paradigm for the neural control of movement. We wish to elucidate how movement patterns emerge from neural models coupled with biomechanics. In particular, spinal stimulation in bullfrogs leads to "force fields" at the limb, but it is unknown how the kinematics of the limb link with the spinal reflexes to generate these forces. Furthermore, higher centres must control these force fields to allow ballistic and repetitive motor plans. This project will combine neural models of cognitive control with models of the muscular-skeletal system to explain how brain and body dynamically interact to produce coordinated movement.

      Once we can reverse-engineer actual motion into the observed force fields, our research will turn to the neural control that assembles these building blocks. In particular, we will establish likely mechanisms for the required signal to arise and be maintained from visual stimuli. Different delays after a visual stimulus should result either in a singular motor pattern, such as a jump reflex, or in tracking motor patterns, such as the frog's pursuit of a mate.

      We will build classical robotic models of the frog using the biomechanics library Opensim and populate them with simplified actuators. Neural dynamics will be considered in terms of interconnecting patches of neural fields separated by fixed time delays. A simplified eye and retinal structure will be used to inject visual stimuli into the model and track possible pathways determining motor actions.

      This project will be a combination of theoretical studies and computer simulations based on biological models and experimental data. The ideal candidate has a good working knowledge of dynamical systems and numerical analysis, as well as consummate programming abilities. Prior understanding of the neural control of movement is highly desirable, but may be acquired during the project.

      Eligibility: Applicants should have a Bachelors (at least 2.1) or Masters degree in neuroscience, physics, engineering, computer science or a related discipline. Good analytical and programming skills are necessary; experience in neuroscience and/or movement studies is desirable.

      Funding Details: The studentship will cover UK/EU/International fees and pay the Research Council maintenance (2013-14 at 13,726 GBP p.a. tax free) for up to 3 years. It will begin in October 2014, though a delayed start is negotiable.

      How to apply: Please submit an application for a PhD in Cybernetics (full time) to the University at http://www.reading.ac.uk/Study/apply/pg-applicationform.aspx. Please quote the reference GS14-099 for funding and identify Prof Ingo Bojak as potential supervisor. Once you have submitted your application, you should receive an email to confirm receipt. Please forward this email, along with a covering letter, to Prof Ingo Bojak (i.bojak@reading.ac.uk) by the application deadline.

      Application Deadline: 01 September 2014, or until position filled.

      Further Enquiries: Please contact Prof Ingo Bojak (i.bojak@reading.ac.uk).

  • PhD Position: Inverse Problems for Cell Motility, U Sussex
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      PhD studentship on the development of inverse problems for cell motility; parameter fitting and optimisation

      The School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

      The project
      This is an exciting PhD position supported by the Leverhulme Trust to undertake cutting-edge research on the development, analysis and simulations of inverse problems for cell motility.

      The studentship is embedded in a larger research project that seeks to unravel a new theoretical and computational framework for 3D cell migration by coupling internal and cell-surface dynamics and modelling cell interaction with its environment. The student will develop, analyse and simulate inverse models associated with cell migration (e.g. cell tracking in 2 and 3 dimensions). There are a host of mathematical and computational issues associated with inverse problems such as their well-posedness, proving existence and uniqueness of solutions. There are computational challenges such as storage of time-evolution numerical data, stability, convergence and performance of the algorithms.

      The successful candidate will join a research team with world-leading expertise in partial differential equations and will interact closely with experimentalists and industrialists. They will benefit from interactions within a team of faculty mathematicians, postdocs and PhD students.

      Award amount
      3 years of maintenance bursary at 13863 GBP per year, and a waiver of UK/EU fees.

      Eligibility
      UK/EU students are eligible.

      Overseas (ex-EU) students may apply, but are required to pay higher fees - this is a UK Government requirement. Applicants must state how they would fund the remaining fees. We regret we have no means to fund the additional fees ourselves.

      Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, a UK Bachelor Honours degree at first class, or a Master's degree at Distinction. Equivalent non-UK qualifications will be accepted. Qualifications should be in the following disciplines: Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Applied Mathematics or related areas.

      Application procedure
      Apply through the Sussex on-line portal:
      http://www.sussex.ac.uk/pgapplication (2014 admission)

      State in the Other Information / Funding section that you are applying for the "Leverhulme studentship on the Development of Inverse Problems for Cell Motility with Dr Anotida Madzvamuse".

      Upload your CV, details of two referees, transcripts of marks from your degree(s), and a personal statement. The statement (750 words maximum) should outline your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the PhD, and your research experience.

      After you have completed your application, send an email to Dr Madzvamuse ( a.madzvamuse@sussex.ac.uk ) to confirm you have applied.

      Timetable
      The award will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate can be found.

      Last possible date for applications: 21 August 2014. Arrival and registration date at Sussex: 18 September 2014. Start date of the studentship (first payment): 01 October 2014.

      Further information
      This project will be supervised by Dr Anotida Madzvamuse, with additional supervision by Dr Vanessa Styles and Dr Chandrasekhar Venkataraman.

      Profiles:
      Dr Madzvamuse: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/136962
      Dr Styles: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/16495
      Dr Venkataraman: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/203407

      The successful applicant will be encouraged to take on a manageable quantity of teaching, with the agreement of the main supervisor. Separate payment will be made, and a short training course provided.

      Contact details
      All academic enquiries should be directed to Dr Madzvamuse (a.madzvamuse@sussex.ac.uk)
      Enquiries about the application and admissions process should be directed to the Research & Enterprise Coordinator (phd@maths.sussex.ac.uk)

  • PhD Position: PharMetrX: Pharmacometrics..., Berlin/Potsdam
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 29 - July 16, 2014

      PhD research fellowship: Pharmacometrics & Computational Disease Modelling

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

      The PhD program is designed as a 3-year research program including a structured research training curriculum of advanced academic and industrial modules and a competitive research fellowship.

      We are currently inviting applications to start the PharMetrX PhD program in March 2015. Deadline for applications: September 15th, 2014. For details see https://www.PharMetrX.de.

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

      Charlotte Kloft & Wilhelm Huisinga
      Program Chairs

  • PhD Position: Computational Systems Biology, Uppsala U, Sweden
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 27 - July 3, 2014

      One PhD student position is available, to work in the group of Andreas Hellander, Division of Scientific Computing, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

      Description of the subject area:
      The overall objective of the project is to develop methods for efficient and flexible simulation of (spatial) stochastic models of biochemical reactions. The application area is molecular systems biology and the aim of the research is to develop methods to understand how e.g. gene regulation is controlled on a molecular level. The group (www.andreashellander.se) participates in national and international software projects (www.urdme.org, www.pyurdme.org, www.stochss.org) and in the computational systems biology project at the Division of Scientific Computing. (http://www.it.uu.se/research/project/csbio).

      Job assignment:
      To develop computational methods for simulation of molecular control systems, in particular methods that account for the multiscale properties of such models. To participate in the development of computational software based on the developed methods.

      For more information and for instructions for how to apply, see http://www.uu.se/en/join-us/jobs-detail-page/?positionId=40073

      The salary is approximately 24000 SEK/month.

      Application deadline: Aug 31, 2014.

      For more information, contact Andreas Hellander, andreas.hellander@it.uu.se

  • PhD Position: Saliva Secretion Multiscale Modeller, U Auckland
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      A PhD scholarship is available, to work in the group of James Sneyd, University of Auckland, New Zealand. This scholarship is funded by a grant from the NIH (NIDCR) and pays stipend and fees, at rates commensurate with other PhD students in New Zealand.

      The project is the construction and analysis of a multiscale model of saliva secretion, including the calcium dynamics of exocrine epithelial cells, water transport in parotid acinar and duct cells, and the use of Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods for data fitting. The research is in collaboration with the laboratory of David Yule (U. Rochester, New York).

      The successful applicant will have a high-quality degree in applied mathematics, engineering, bioengineering, physics, chemistry, or physiology, or some equivalent experience. Experience with computational methods is essential.

      For more information about Auckland, visit http://www.aucklandnz.com.

      To apply, email your cv and transcript, and a brief statement about your research interests and experience, to James Sneyd (j.sneyd@auckland.ac.nz).

  • PhD Position/Post-docs: Infectious/Foodborne Diseases, Cornell
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Two Post-doctoral and one PhD student positions available at Cornell University:

      Two of my post docs are moving to faculty positions and one to the Pharmaceutical industry; thus I am seeking two post docs and one PhD student to join my research group.

      My research focuses on mathematical, statistical and economic modeling of infectious and foodborne diseases. The goal of my research is to optimize intervention strategies (health and management) in food supply systems.

      Depending on the applicant's background and interest the postdoc/PhD student could focus on any particular area or combinations of the following: 1) mathematical modeling of infectious diseases (e.g., Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and M. bovis (bovine tuberculosis or bTB) transmission in agricultural systems); 2) system dynamic modeling of antimicrobial resistance in food animal systems; and 3) optimizing milk quality in dairy farms. Please see the most recent references to each of these projects: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/popmed/bios/grohn.cfm

      I would like to encourage individuals with a background in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and/or population biology/analytical epidemiology/economics to apply. Knowledge of Bayesian methods would be a plus. Computer and mathematical expertise and a strong interest in infectious diseases are required.

      Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and the names and contact information of two referees to Yrjo Grohn ytg1@cornell.edu

      Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions are available starting September 1st 2014.

  • PhD Position: Multi-scale Control..., Imperial College London
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      PhD Studentship in the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

      "Mathematical modelling of multi-scale control mechanisms for skin barrier homeostasis"

      We invite applications for a PhD studentship in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. A stipend and home/EU fees for 3 years will be awarded to the successful candidate. Overseas applicants can apply but have to show the evidence that the difference between the overseas fees and home/EU fees can be covered by other funding.

      This project aims to identify fundamental regulatory mechanisms of skin barrier homeostasis, which is the result of regulations across different spatio-temporal scales, including differentiation, cornification, protein interactions and gene regulation. The PhD student will develop mathematical tools and frameworks, based on deep understanding of biology behind combined with systems and control perspective, to provide a unified and practically applicable mechanistic model to elucidate how the deregulation of the mechanisms leads to skin disease such as atopic dermatitis. This is a collaborative project with RIKEN IMS Centre for Integrative Medical Sciences.

      More information on research activities in Dr Tanaka's group on biological control is found in http://www.bg.ic.ac.uk/research/r.tanaka.

      Applicants should have a high calibre Masters degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant area to undertake the mathematical modelling part of this project. Strong biological background is desired. Experience in modelling and analysis of biological systems and expertise in modelling with differential equations and numerical methods are preferable. We look for highly motivated applicants with excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and enthusiasm for exposure to a diversity of scientific projects. The PhD will involve close interactions with biological collaborators.

      For further details of the post contact Dr Reiko Tanaka (r.tanaka@imperial.ac.uk). Interested applicants should send a current curriculum vitae and research statement to Dr Tanaka by e-mail.

      Closing date: Applications are dealt on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

      Start date: As soon as possible or latest December 2014

  • PhD Position: Comp Biol, Hemholtz Centre for..., Germany
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 23 - June 3, 2014

      PhD Position in Computational Biology

      The group of Systems Biology for Infectious Diseases and Aging at Helmholtz Centre for infection Research Braunschweig, Germany (http://www.helmholtz-hzi.de/en/) invites applications for a full-time PhD position in the area of mathematical modelling and computational biology. The successful candidate will receive a stipendship for 3 years.

      Major duties:
      -Develop mathematical models describing viral infection using deterministic models, stochastic models, compartmental models, and agent-based models.
      -Develop novel control strategies to treat viral infections (i.e., optimal control and nonlinear control).
      -Publish research findings in scientific journals and present them at major scientific meetings.

      Qualifications:
      -A bachelor/MSc degree in a quantitatively-oriented field, such as control engineering, theoretical physics, computer science or applied mathematics.
      -Excellent command of English
      -Knowledge in analytical and quantitative methods, including deterministic differential equations, nonlinear dynamics, probability and stochastic processes.
      -Experience in Matlab, C or C++, and LaTex
      -Knowledge of immunology and infectious diseases, especially HIV and influenza is a plus.

      Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of application, outlining their interest in the position, along with their curriculum vitae which should include the names and contact details of three referees, to Esteban.Vargas@helmholtz-hzi.de

      Positions are open until filled. The planned start date is November 2014. Please note that, due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

  • PhD Position: Evolutionary Theory, Uppsala U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 22 - May 28, 2014

      A 4-year Ph.D. position in evolutionary theory is available in the research group of Dr. Claus Rueffler at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (http://www.ebc.uu.se/) in Uppsala, Sweden. Starting date 1st of September 2014, or as agreed upon.

      Deadline for applications: 2014-06-30

      Project:
      Potential projects include:
      (i) How do ecological and developmental factors affect the potential for division of labor among individuals within groups and among parts within an individual?
      (ii) How does organismal and environmental complexity affect the potential for the adaptive evolution of biological diversity? Detailed research plans will be developed in collaboration with the successful candidate, and tailored to match her/his individual interests and strengths.

      Qualification:
      Potential candidates have one of the following backgrounds: (a) a master degree (or your national equivalent) in evolutionary biology with a strong interest in theoretical approaches and a serious willingness to develop their mathematical skills, (b) a master degree in mathematics, theoretical physics or computer science with a serious interest in evolutionary biology.
      Proficiency in English is a requirement.

      Duties:
      The postgraduate training comprises four years of full time studies. The successful candidate will receive a PhD position, which entitles the holder to full social benefits. The position can be combined with up to 20% of teaching assistantship, which will then prolong the position accordingly.

      The environment:
      The Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC, http://www.ebc.uu.se/) is one of the world's leading research institutions in evolutionary biology. The working atmosphere is truly international with a regular recruitment of PhD students and post-docs from abroad. The EBC is part of Uppsala University - the oldest university in Scandinavia - which has approximately 40.000 students and has been top ranked among European Universities in the subject of biology (CHE European ranking). Our lab is part of the Department of Ecology and Genetics (http://www.ebc.uu.se/Research/IEG/) that excels in many aspects of ecology, genetics and evolution and offers an inspiring international atmosphere. Uppsala University also hosts the Center of Interdisciplinary Mathematics (http://www.math.uu.se/CIM) that supports research in several areas of biomathematics.
      The city of Uppsala is a vibrant college town less than an hour's train ride away from Stockholm (and even closer to the Arlanda international airport) with beautiful and easy accessible surroundings.

      How to apply:
      The application should include (1) a letter describing your research interests and motivation for PhD studies, (2) a short description of your education, research interests and research experience, (3) a CV and (4) the names and contact information (address, e-mail address, and phone number) of two reference persons. Furthermore, the application should include (5) an authorized copy of your MSc degree (if already available at time of application) and (6) relevant publications (including MSc thesis). The application must be written in English.

      Use the link below to access the application form: http://www.uu.se/en/jobs/jobs-detail-page/?positionId=38367

      Feel free to address informal inquiries to Claus Rueffler (claus.rueffler[at]ebc.uu.se).

Postdoctoral positions

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  • Post-doc: Neglected Tropical Disease Modeling, U Notre Dame
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 35 - August 26, 2014

      POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION in Neglected Tropical Disease modeling

      An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Global Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group led by Prof. Edwin Michael at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Eck Institute for Global Health, to model the global elimination of the vector-borne disease, lymphatic filariasis (LF), in partnership with The Task Force for Global Health, Inc, (TFGH), Georgia, USA. The successful candidate for the modeling position must be proficient in mathematical model construction and analysis and interested in the application of these methods to modeling the elimination of the complex mosquito-borne macroparasitic disease, LF, against which a global elimination program using mass drug administration (MDA) is in progress. The candidate will join us in executing a new project funded by TFGH in order to apply and extend our current modeling work using a multi-vector LF model in conjunction with sentinel site data from endemic regions in order to predict the prospects of LF elimination given observed MDA and vector coverage, and post MDA infection data. The aim of the project is to use the modeling results to identify areas where the MDA program is working as expected and where it is not, including making predictions of remedial measures required to address any identified deficiencies. This is a time bound project and so the successful candidate must be able to work to tight deadlines as well as have mathematical and programming skills to quickly understand, modify/extend and run existing or new models. Experience with data-model assimilation (DA) methods will be important as a key focus of the work is to apply models to sentinel data obtained from partners or sources across the world in order to gain a better understanding of site-specific LF control/extinction dynamics for delivery of appropriate results at both local and global settings to TFGH and other interested parties. The candidate will also work with our computation/software development partners, The Center for Research Computing, Notre Dame, to implement a user friendly front end to our DA-based modeling framework. Programming skills in Matlab and C are essential, and skills in R and parallel computing are an advantage.

      The successful candidates for the position should:
      1) Have completed a PhD or equivalent degree
      2) Have demonstrated ability to work independently under supervision, as well as within a team environment with a strong commitment to team-based processes and outcomes
      3) Have strong time management skills
      4) Be willing to travel nationally and internationally
      5) Have strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to publish research results and make scientific presentations
      6) Be expected to contribute to and collaborate with faculty and students within the Departments of Biological Sciences, Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science and Engineering, and the Center for Research Computing

      Location: Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

      Tenure: The position is available immediately and has funding available for 1 year in the first instance, with the possibility of extension for 2 additional years.

      Salary: Based on NIH guidelines for postdoctoral fellow salaries

      ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME: The University of Notre Dame is committed to diversity (http://diversity.nd.edu/) in its staff, faculty, and student body. As such, we strongly encourage applications from members of minority groups, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who will enhance our community. The University of Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Information on the Eck Institute for Global Health may be found at http://globalhealth.nd.edu

      APPLICATION PROCESS: Qualified individuals should send in PDF format a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, and three letters of reference to the search committee chair, Dr. Edwin Michael at eigh@nd.edu. Files must be clearly named and identify the position you are applying for. There is no deadline and the review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit http://hr.nd.edu/employment/working_at_nd.shtml.

  • Post-doc: Agent-based Modelling of Vascular...,U Stuttgart
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 33 - August 13, 2014

      Post-doc position in Systems-Medicine: Agent-based Modelling of Vascular Tumour Growth and Comparison to Imaging Data

      A postdoctoral position is available at the Stuttgart Research Center Systems Biology (SRCSB). The successful candidate will work in the development and implementation of agent-based models of vascular tumour growth and their comparison to experimental imaging data from the medical hospital in Tubingen. Therefore, candidates from the fields of mathematical modelling and image analysis are welcome to apply. The fellowship is part of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funded e:Bio initiative and the salary will be in group TVoD 13.

      Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field. The candidate should have a strong knowledge in mathematical modelling, image analysis and C++/MatLab programming.

      Please send your motivation letter and CV to:
      Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Matthias Reuss / Dr. Holger Perfahl
      perfahl@ibvt.uni-stuttgart.de
      Stuttgart Research Center Systems Biology (SRCSB)
      University Stuttgart
      Nobelstr. 15
      70569 Stuttgart

  • Post-doc: Infectious Diseases, Weill Medical College, Qatar
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 33 - August 13, 2014

      Postdoctoral Position
      In a pioneering international initiative, Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College established the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) through a unique partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Located in Doha, Qatar, and entering its eleventh year of operation, WCMC-Q seeks candidates for a postdoctoral associate position in:

      Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases
      The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group (IDEG) at WCMC-Q invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of mathematical modelling of the transmission dynamics of sexually transmitted infections. The position is full-time and is available for up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

      IDEG is a renowned research group in quantitative methods of infectious diseases, and is at the forefront of infectious disease research internationally. IDEG research has been published in prestigious scientific journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLoS Medicine, Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Physical Review Letters, and Science Translations Medicine. A number of IDEG studies have had high impact in terms of understanding the epidemiology of diseases and assessing the impact of public health interventions. IDEG research work has been key in the formulation of public health policy at the national, regional, as well as international levels. Findings of IDEG research work have received global coverage in national, regional, and international mass and print media through numerous articles and news stories.

      Major duties:
      -Conduct project-related research on the biomedical and behavioural aspects of the population dynamics of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
      -Develop mathematical models describing HIV and other STI epidemiology and the impact of HIV and other STI interventions using deterministic models, stochastic compartmental models, and individual-based models.
      -Review and validate different approaches and existing models.
      -Publish research findings in scientific journals and present them at major medical/scientific meetings.

      Qualifications:
      -A Ph.D. degree in a quantitatively-oriented field, such as mathematical epidemiology, theoretical physics, or applied mathematics.
      -Robust research experience in mathematical modelling and building deterministic and individual-based models.
      -Experience in analytical and quantitative methods, including deterministic and stochastic differential equations, integral equations, nonlinear dynamics, probability theory, and stochastic processes.
      -Extensive experience in scientific computing involving programming, numerical analysis, symbolic and logical analysis, Monte Carlo simulations, and computer graphics.
      -Experience in Berkeley Madonna, Matlab, Mathematica, C or C++, Fortran, Microsoft Office, LaTex, and Windows.
      -Working knowledge of the biology and epidemiology of infectious diseases, especially HIV and other STIs.
      -Experience with statistical data analysis and related packages, such as SPSS and R.

      WCMC-Q is located in Education City among other American universities in Doha, which is a rapidly growing research hub. The WCMC-Q research program offers a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment, endowed with a comprehensive support infrastructure. Details regarding the WCMC-Q research program and facilities can be accessed at http://qatar-weill.cornell.edu/research/index.html.

      WCMC-Q postdoctoral associates are appointed by the academic departments at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Salary is commensurate with experience and is accompanied by an attractive foreign-service benefits package, including paid housing and a car allowance.

      Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of application, which should outline their interest in the position, along with their curriculum vitae including the names and contact details of three referees, to http://job.qatar-med.cornell.edu

      Positions are open until filled. Please note that, due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

      Applications may also be sent to Adona Canlas (apc2003@qatar-med.cornell.edu)

      Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

  • Post-doc: Computational Neuroscience, IUPUI & Purdue U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 33 - August 13, 2014

      Postdoctoral opening in computational neuroscience

      The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of mathematical and computational neuroscience. The position is with a collaborative group of scholars from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at IUPUI, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University and the Department of Neurosurgery of the Indiana University School of Medicine. The current research project is aimed at the development of adaptive deep brain stimulators for Parkinson's disease. Part of the duties may also include some teaching in the Mathematical Sciences. The position offers excellent interdisciplinary training possibilities in mathematical biology and computational neuroscience.

      Qualifications: Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science or other related field. Applicants should have strong quantitative skills in data analysis and modeling and a strong interest in neuroscience applications. Experience in nonlinear dynamics/control theory/ neurophysiology is a plus.

      How to apply: Send your CV with a list of publications, research statement, and arrange two-three recommendation letters to be sent to Dr. Leonid Rubchinsky via e-mail: leo@math.iupui.edu. Address all your inquiries to the same e-mail. Alternatively send your application by regular mail to: Dr. Leonid Rubchinsky, Department of Mathematical Sciences, IUPUI, 402 N. Blackford Street, LD 270, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Screening of applications will continue until position is filled.

      IUPUI is an EEO/AA Employer, M/F/D.

  • Research Associate: Spatiotemporal..., Imperial College London
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 33 - August 13, 2014

      Spatiotemporal Network Modeller - NS 2014 157 AB

      https://www4.ad.ic.ac.uk/OA_HTML/OA.jsp?page=/oracle/apps/irc/candidateSelfService/webui/VisVacDispPG&OAHP=IRC_EXT_SITE_VISITOR_APPL&OASF=IRC_VIS_VAC_DISPLAY&akRegionApplicationId=821&transactionid=1592972582&retainAM=Y&addBreadCrumb=RP&p_svid=44158&p_spid=1678198&oapc=10&oas=V_WMZk6xhv0RtdllueK54A

      We are seeking a computational modeller who has strong experience in spatiotemporal dynamical modelling of biological networks. The project will involve modelling the phenomena associated emergent gene expresion under a fitness selection pressure. Suggested reading: Mol Syst Biol. 2011 May 24;7:493. A second project will involve modeling reaction-diffusion genetic networks. Suggested reading: ACS Synth Biol. 2014 May 16;3(5):264-72.

  • Post-doc: Molecular/Computational Neuroscience, George Mason U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 32 - August 5, 2014

      George Mason University
      Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Molecular Neuroscience/Computational Neuroscience

      The George Mason University, Krasnow Institute seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to develop and use multiscale spatiotemporal models of cardiac mitochondria to understand how mitochondrial structure and function are related.

      Qualifications:
      The ideal candidate is expected to have expertise in biological modeling, computer programming, and related numerical methods. Programming on parallel architectures is also desirable, as is knowledge of mitochondrial modeling.

      This project involves close collaboration with experimental collaborators. The duration of the position is subject to available research funding.

      For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F9804z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a CV, a list of three references with contact information, and a description of research accomplishments. These three required documents will need to be uploaded to the Other Doc category as a single (multipaged) document. Questions may be addressed to sjafri@gmu.edu. AA/EOE

  • Post-doc: Systems Modeling & Simulation, Pfizer, MA, USA
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 32 - August 5, 2014

      Company: Pfizer
      Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow - Systems Modeling & Simulation
      Job ID#: 999952
      Locations: Cambridge, Massachusetts

      Role Description
      The Systems Biology Lab in Pfizer's Cardiovascular, Metabolic, and Endocrine Diseases (CVMED) Research Unit is responsible for developing insights to help advance CVMED clinical candidates and identifying and evaluating promising new therapeutic targets through physiologically-based modeling and simulation, and analysis and interpretation of preclinical and clinical data. We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to develop and analyze mechanistic, mathematical models to better understand the translation of obesity interventions from preclinical animal models to humans.

      The successful candidate will apply quantitative systems modeling and simulation methods to mathematically describe and investigate key pathways involved in energy metabolism and body weight regulation in C57BL/6 mice. The mechanistic insights gained from detailed analyses of the in silico mouse model, in comparison to a published in silico human model, will generate physiological hypotheses that may be tested experimentally and/or in the clinic. The expectation is that the resulting findings will lead to improved confidence in rationale for the pursuit of novel agents for the treatment of obesity.

      Responsibilities
      -Develop a validated model of key metabolic pathways underlying energy metabolism and body weight regulation in C57BL/6 mice; develop and implement numerical methods for parameter estimation and model simulation
      -Generate testable hypotheses regarding differential regulation of body weight and energy metabolism in mice and humans based on detailed analyses of model and simulation results
      -Collect and organize primary data sets for use in defining parameter values/ranges and for model calibration and validation; contribute to the design of in vitro and in vivo experiments to resolve key knowledge gaps in our understanding of the biology
      -Present novel results at Pfizer and externally at regional or national meetings
      -Publish model and simulation results in high-impact journals

      Qualifications
      Education and Experience:
      -Recent Ph.D. (0-3 years) in Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics or related discipline with strong numerical components focusing on mathematical modeling and simulation. Training and/or experience in mechanistic modeling of biological or physiological systems is preferred.

      Technical Skills Requirements:
      -Understanding of theory, principles, and statistical aspects of mathematical modeling and simulation, including parameter estimation techniques
      -In-depth understanding of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and how these can be applied in the development of complex models of biological pathways and systems
      -In-depth, hands-on knowledge of modeling and simulation software (MATLAB and SimBiology strongly preferred)
      -Keen interest in learning new areas of biology and building on a solid foundation of quantitative and computational skills
      -Self-directed with ability to work independently
      -Team player
      -Excellent communication and writing skills
      -Primary authorship on relevant publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

      Physical Position Requirements:
      Office-based position with minimal travel

      To be considered for this role, please apply directly at www.pfizercareers.com and search for job opening 999952.

      If you need any further information, please email me.

      Thank you,
      Christene

  • Post-doc: Modeling Growth & Nutrition, NIDDK, NIH, MD, USA
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 31 - July 28, 2014

      NIH & Gates Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship: Mathematical Modeling of Growth and Malnutrition

      A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Laboratory of Biological Modeling at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health located in Bethesda, Maryland. The successful candidate will develop mathematical models of human growth and metabolism, with an emphasis on understanding malnutrition and its treatment across the lifecycle. The fellowship is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Healthy Birth, Growth and Development initiative.

      Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Biochemistry, Physiology, Nutrition, or a related field. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative and mathematical abilities and an interest in studying the regulation of metabolism in humans. Salary will be commensurate with experience according to NIH guidelines.

      Please send your CV and a list of 3 references to:
      Kevin Hall, Ph. D.
      Laboratory of Biological Modeling
      National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
      National Institutes of Health
      12A South Drive, Room 4007
      Bethesda, MD 20892-5621
      Email: kevinh@niddk.nih.gov

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

  • Post-doc: Modeling Food Intake, Food..., NIDDK, NIH, MD, USA
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 31 - July 28, 2014

      NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship: Mathematical Modeling of Food Intake, Food Reward and Habit Formation

      A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Laboratory of Biological Modeling at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health located in Bethesda, Maryland. The successful candidate will develop mathematical models of the neurobiology underlying the regulation of food intake, food reward and habit formation. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Computational Neuroscience, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, or a related field. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative and mathematical abilities and an interest in studying the regulation of food intake, with a specific emphasis on food reward and habit formation. Salary will be commensurate with experience according to NIH guidelines.

      Please send your CV and a list of 3 references to:
      Kevin Hall, Ph. D.
      Laboratory of Biological Modeling
      National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
      National Institutes of Health
      12A South Drive, Room 4007
      Bethesda, MD 20892-5621
      Email: kevinh@niddk.nih.gov

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

  • Post-doc: Interdisciplinary Research, INRIA, Lyon, France
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 31 - July 28, 2014

      One postdoc opportunity at Inria in Lyon, France, to start no later than November 1st, 2014

      In the context of a FP7 KBBE European Project, BacHBerry ("BACterial Hosts for production of Bioactive phenolics from bERRY fruits"), we are seeking for one postdoc candidate, for one year renewable for up to two years.

      The BacHBerry project is interested in the generation of bacterial platforms for sustainable bio-based production of phenolic compounds found in berry fruits. Phenolics are recognised for their antioxydant health-promoting and functional properties, and applied across applications as diverse as aromas, colours, nutraceuticals, and medicines. The platform may involve a single bacterial species, or a community of different bacteria in interaction. Both approaches will be explored.

      Ideally, the candidate should have a strong background in at least one of: biochemistry, systems biology of bacterial communities, metabolic bioengineering; together with an interest and some expertise in the use and development of mathematical models and algorithmic methods. The person should have a strong taste for inter-disciplinary research, and very good interpersonal skills.

      The candidate will work in the BAMBOO team at the Inria-UCBL in Lyon, France (http://team.inria.fr/bamboo/), in interaction with the partners of BacHBerry, in particular the CSI team at the IDMEC-IST in Lisbon, Portugal (http://www.idmec.ist.utl.pt/).

      Applications should include a motivation letter, a CV, and the address of three references.

      The applications should be sent to:
      Marie-France Sagot, marie-france.sagot@inria.fr
      putting also in copy the partner in Lisbon:
      Susana Vinga, susanavinga@gmail.com
      ideally before August 31, 2014.

  • Post-doc: Bulk-surface PDEs for Cell Motility, U Sussex
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      Research Fellow in Mathematics (Fixed Term) Ref 737
      School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
      Department of Mathematics
      Fixed term for 3 years, full time
      Salary range: starting at 30,728 GBP and rising to 36,661 GBP per annum. It is normal to appoint at the first point of the salary scale.
      Closing date for applications: 21 August 2014
      Expected start date: 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter

      Description
      Development, analysis and simulation of bulk-surface PDEs for cell motility

      We seek to hire a highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Fellow within our research group on a fixed term 3 years full time position starting September 2014. This is a highly desirable position supported by the Leverhulme Trust research project grant (RPG-2014-149: Unravelling new mathematics for 3D cell migration) to undertake cutting-edge research on the development, analysis and simulations of bulk-surface partial differential equations for cell motility. Modelling 3D cell motility is an emerging open-frontier research problem spanning several disciplines such as mathematics, numerical analysis, scientific computing, image analysis, cell biology, plant biology, developmental biology and biophysics. Hence the aim of this fellowship is to unravel new 3D whole-cell mathematical and computational models for cell migration through coupling of internal cell dynamics (in the bulk) to cell-surface dynamics as well as modelling how cells interact with their environment. Key to this development is the understanding of the geometric quantities describing 3D cell shape and movement as well as the molecular biology underpinning cell movement and deformation.

      The fellowship provides full support that includes salary and support for research activities. The successful candidate will benefit from interactions with leading applied mathematicians within the Department of Mathematics. The prospective candidate will also interact closely with experimentalists and industrialists as well as eminent mathematicians with expertise in coupling geometric partial differential equations for cell motility, morphology and pattern formation. The candidate will pursue independent research in a fast emerging critical field of research and will acquire advanced mathematical and computational techniques in areas such as differential geometry, biophysics, cell motility, developmental biology, numerical analysis and scientific computing and algorithm development.

      Prospective candidates should hold a PhD in Numerical Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Computational Biology and/or other related disciplines.
      Candidates should include with their application the following:
      Academic CV
      Official academic transcripts
      Contact details for two suitable referees
      A personal statement (500 words maximum) outlining their suitability for the position and research experience to date relevant to the project. Application form
      Enquiries: All enquiries should be directed to Dr Anotida Madzvamuse (a.madzvamuse@sussex.ac.uk) and/or Dr Vanessa Styles (v.styles@sussex.ac.uk).

      Further details can be found at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/737

      Application
      Please send completed application form by email to: mpsrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

      When emailing your application please use the following format in the 'subject' line: (post reference number / post title / your name). If you are applying for more than one post advertised by the University, please send a separate email and application form for each post. Please attach your completed application form and any other documents directly to the email rather than using a web-based upload / weblink service (e.g. SkyDrive) otherwise we may not receive your application due to incompatibility with our email software.

      Or post to: Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

      Applications should be received by midnight on the closing date.

  • Post-docs: Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, U Munster
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      The Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence (CiM) is offering Postdoctoral Fellowships in any research area represented in CiM for the development and implementation of individual research projects. The fellowship covers a TV L 13-position for 2 years (extendable to a third year) plus 12.000 EUR per year to cover consumables and travel costs. Research projects should be developed together with the host laboratory; see www.cells-in-motion.com for research areas and associated PIs.

      Research fields relevant to the CiM-cluster include biophysical aspects of cell dynamics, cell-cell and/or cell-matrix interactions, cell migration and /or differentiation, mathematical modelling of biological systems, protein and/or lipid biochemistry and biophysics, intracellular dynamics, and high resolution optical and non-optical imaging to study cell biology.

      Excellent researchers with not more than 2 years postdoctoral experience and a capacity for teamwork are invited to submit their CV, list of publications and the completed application form to cim.careers@uni-muenster.de by 30 September 2014. Only applications using the template provided on our website (download here) will be considered, each applicant can submit only one application. A letter of support written by the head of the host CiM lab is mandatory. We encourage interested researchers to contact their favored host labs as soon as possible for detailed discussion of the research project.

      The Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence uniquely merges existing excellence at the University of Munster in cell biology and molecular imaging and integrates internationally visible interdisciplinary networks between the medical, natural sciences and mathematical faculties as well as the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine.

      The University of Munster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferably considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

      The University of Munster has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Foundation. The University is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.

      The University of Munster offers a Dual Career Service. Information can be obtained from http://www.uni-muenster.de/en/research/dualcareer.html.

      For more information about the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence please visit our website at www.cells-in-motion.com. Contact: Careers in Motion Centre, Dr. Julia Meskauskas, cim.careers@uni-muenster.de.

  • Post-doc: Microbial Ecology, France
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 29 - July 16, 2014

      A post-doctoral position is available for two years, on the following project, "Dynamics of yeasts and lactic acid bacteria interactions in sourdoughs ecosystems". The postdoctoral researcher will work in collaboration with two research groups, one located in Montpellier, the other in Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

      Project
      The community dynamics of an ecological niche is driven both by selection and by complementation interaction between organisms. These interactions have been studied extensively for social organisms, or host-parasites interactions. Microbial species interactions in food-processing systems have drawn less attention. Sourdough, which includes less than ten species according to published studies, appears as a relatively simple model for studying positive and negative interactions. In sourdoughs, Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) and yeasts are always found together suggesting ecological facilitation between these prokayotes and eukaryotes. By contrast, within LAB and within yeasts, we observe a dominant species suggesting that competition drives the dynamics of the species diversity. The post-doctoral fellow will conduct experimental and mathematical modeling studies to understand: i) how yeast species and LAB species interact during the fermentation process; and ii) whether yeasts and LAB associations enhance the resilience of the sourdough community to the colonization by the commercial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The dynamics of sourdough ecosystems and its resilience to commercial yeast will be analysed both experimentally by microbial community monitoring and mathematically by modelling population dynamics in sourdough microbial community.

      Requirements
      The successful candidate will have a PhD in ecology or microbiology and will demonstrate interest and abilities for both experimental and theoretical work. Ideally, the candidate will have skills in microbiology, mathematical modeling of systems dynamics, statistical analysis and R programming. He/she will also show enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and ability to communicate effectively with other scientists at the interface of empirical and theoretical studies.

      Research environment
      The position is funded by a French interdisciplinary project untitled "Diversity and interactions in a low-input 'Wheat/Human/Sourdough' agro-food ecosystem: toward a better understanding of bakery sustainability" (Project ANR BAKERY, 2014-2018). This project includes eight academic partners with complementary skills (bio-mathematics, plant genetics, microbiology, sociology, centre for genetic resources managements) as well as bakers and farmers/bakers. The experimental part of the post-doctoral project will be carried out in the research group "Yeasts diversity and adaptation to anthropic environment" on the Supagro campus in Montpellier (http://www6.montpellier.inra.fr/spo_eng/Presentation) and the modeling part will be done in the research group "Fundamental Quantitative Genetics" in Gif-sur-Yvette (http://moulon.inra.fr/index.php/en/team/genetique-quantitative-fondamentale). The candidate will share his/her time between both locations according to personal convenience and scientific queries.

      Terms Full time contract for 24 months. The salary varies depending on the candidate experience. Starting date: from October 2014

      Application and Contacts
      For application, please send a short CV including a description of past and present research activities, a motivation letter and the contact details of at least two referees. Application and informal enquiries should be sent to Delphine Sicard (sicard@supagro.inra.fr) and Judith Legrand (judith.legrand@moulon.inra.fr).

  • Post-doc: Modeling...Mosquito-vectored Diseases, NC State U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 29 - July 16, 2014

      Postdoc: Modeling Population Dynamics and Genetics of Mosquito-vectored diseases
      North Carolina State University, with Fred Gould and Alun Lloyd

      PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Dengue is a mosquito-vectored disease that affects over 100 million people each year. With funding from the NIH and Gates Foundation, we have developed a set of mathematical models ranging from simple to complex, aimed at assisting the design and deployment of novel approaches for suppressing transmission of dengue by its major mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti. We are especially interested in evaluating the potential utility of, as well as risks associated with, using genetically engineered, selfish genetic elements to drive genes into mosquito populations that render them incapable of transmitting dengue fever. Our work also extends to models relevant to suppressing malaria.

      Our most detailed model simulates the population dynamics and population genetics of Ae. aegypti in a city on the Amazon river, Iquitos, for which there are rich data sets on both mosquito dynamics and dengue epidemiology. An accompanying epidemiological model is currently under development. Both are coded in C++.

      We are just completing a large-scale experiment in Iquitos to both test the model and collect data that can be used to improve the parameterization of all Ae. aegypti models. In the experiment, the mosquito population in one area of the city is suppressed and then allowed to return to normal densities. Although our population dynamics model and many others have been tested to determine if they predict equilibrium dynamics, a much more stringent test is to determine if they can predict response to a perturbation. Following a transition period interfacing with our current postdoc, the new postdoc will assume responsibility for leading the analysis of these data and will further develop the model to examine the dynamic behavior and efficacy of a set of novel transgenic and non-transgenic approaches for manipulating the mosquito population. These innovative technologies and strategies are being developed by our colleagues, so empirical data on small field tests will be available. We are also building simple spatial and non-spatial, deterministic models as heuristic tools for better understanding basic principles.

      In addition to working on model development and analysis, and on comparisons between model and data, the person in this position will collaborate in an interdisciplinary research group composed of mosquito ecologists, disease epidemiologists, molecular biologists, biomathematicians, ethicists, and scientists from disease-endemic countries, in efforts to develop novel transgenic strategies for disease reduction. The person in this position will have the opportunity to spend time in Iquitos to better understand the system being modeled. Desirable skills include the ability to program in C++ or knowledge of a related programming language, statistical experience, particularly in parameter estimation and evaluation of performance of mechanistic models.

      For more details on the project see the following publications:

      Magori, K., M. Legros, M. Puente, D. A. Focks, T. W. Scott, A. Lloyd, F. Gould. 2009. Skeeter Buster: a stochastic, spatially-explicit modeling tool for studying Aedes aegypti population replacement and population suppression strategies. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 3(9): e508.
      doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000508

      Gould, F., Huang, Y., Legros, M., Lloyd, A. L. 2008. A killer-rescue system for self-limiting gene drive of anti-pathogen constructs. Proc. Royal. Soc. Lond. B. 275:2823-2829.

      Xu, C., Legros, M., Gould, F, Lloyd, A. L. 2010. Understanding Uncertainties in Model-Based Predictions of Aedes aegypti Population Dynamics. PLoS Negl. Trop. Dis. 4(9): e830.
      doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000830

      Huang, Y., Lloyd, A.L., Legros, M., Gould, F. 2010. Gene-drive into insect populations with age and spatial structure: a theoretical assessment. Evol. Appl. ISSN 1752-4571.

      Okamoto K. W., M. A. Robert, A. L. Lloyd, F. Gould. 2013. A reduce and replace strategy for suppressing vector-borne diseases: Insights from a stochastic, spatial model. PLoS ONE 8(12): e81860.
      doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081860

      To apply: email a cover letter and CV to Fred_Gould@ncsu.edu and Alun_Lloyd@ncsu.edu

  • Post-doc: Statistical Analysis, Ancient DNA Data, U Copenhagen
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 28 - July 9, 2014

      Postdoctoral Fellowships in Statistical Analysis of Ancient DNA Data
      Two-year postdoctoral fellowships are available jointly at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and the Bioinformatics Centre, Department of Biology. The positions are open until filled and will be available from Nov 1, 2014, or as soon after.

      Background: The Genomic History of Denmark
      The positions are part of the University of Copenhagen's dedicated 2016-program in the genomic history of Denmark. The aim of the project is to map the country's evolutionary, demographic and health history -- from the earliest settlers to modern times -- mainly through high-throughput next generation sequencing data. The project is highly interdisciplinary and involves researchers from many departments. The positions are in the groups of Professor Carsten Wiuf at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Associate professor Anders Albrechtsen at the Bioinformatics Center. The candidate will also be affiliated the GeoGenetics Center at the university, where the data will be produced.

      Job Specification and Qualifications
      The candidate will work with development and application of statistical techniques for the analysis of mainly fossil DNA sequence data. In particular, the candidate is expected to be familiar with multivariate analysis and some of the statistical tools for analysing sequence data, for example, Markov chains, the coalescent and diffusion processes. Some experience in handling large data sets, in particular sequencing data, and in programming would be essential.
      The candidate is expected to be able to work independently, and share knowledge and results in a team. Depending on the skills and interests of the candidate, some flexibility in the tasks is possible.

      Requirements
      The candidate should hold a PhD in statistics, mathematics, bioinformatics or similarly field of study. The candidate should have a proven publication record in internationally recognised journals.

      Information and Application
      For enquiries, contact Carsten Wiuf (wiuf@math.ku.dk, http://www.math.ku.dk/~wiuf) or Anders Albrechtsen (albrecht@binf.ku.dk). For information about the GeoGenetics Center, see http://geogenetics.ku.dk/.
      To apply, send an email to Carsten Wiuf or Anders Albretchsen with a cover letter about your reasons to apply, CV and publication list. In addition you should provide 2-3 names of agreed references.

  • Post-doc: Theoretical Evolutionary Biology, Western U, Canada
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 27 - July 3, 2014

      POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW IN THEORETICAL EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

      Department of Applied Mathematics

      Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

      Start date: September 2014 (flexible/negotiable)

      Term: 2 years (subject to satisfactory progress)

      Salary: 45,000 to 50,000 CAD p.a.

      DESCRIPTION
      Research in theoretical evolutionary biology at Western tackles problems in both experimental evolution and sociobiology (see www.apmaths.uwo.ca/~lwahl and www.apmaths.uwo.ca/~gwild for greater detail). We are hiring a post-doctoral fellow interested in modeling evolution as it occurs in both laboratory experiments, and field settings.

      The successful candidate will be expected to carry out both independent and collaborative research, and will mentor graduate students in the group. The successful candidate may also apply for sessional teaching positions (one term per year) in order to supplement his/her income and gain teaching experience, if so desired (subject to departmental approval).

  • Post-doc: Biophysics/Computational Systems Biology, Rice U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 27 - July 3, 2014

      A Postdoctoral Positions in Computational Systems Biology are available in the laboratory of Prof. Igoshin in the Dept of Bioengineering at Rice University. We are looking for motivated postdoctoral fellows to work on several projects in the group. Our group specializes in computational systems biology with emphasis in evolutionary design principles and the characterization of biochemical networks, pattern formation in bacterial biofilms, and genetic networks in bacterial and stem cell development. Current funding comes from both NIH and NSF. Two current projects available in the group are briefly described below however motivated postdoctoral fellows may be able to pick their own direction as long as its aligns with groups research interests. Please visit http://igoshin.rice.edu/ or contact Prof. Igoshin for more information.

      PROJECTS:
      1) A key property of living cells is their ability to react to internal or external stimuli with specific biochemical responses. Bacteria have evolved to sense and rapidly adapt to environmental stimuli by changes in gene expression. Many molecular details of stress response networks regulating these responses have been uncovered for many model bacteria. However, we still lack network-level knowledge of these responses across species, which is necessary to obtain a deeper understanding of cellular functions and to best apply results obtained with model bacteria to bacterial species that are poorly characterized or cannot be cultured in a laboratory. In this project we are focusing on two of the common basic building blocks of bacterial stress-response network to explore how network organization affects the physiologically relevant dynamical properties.
      2) In recent years the ubiquity of microbial communities in nature has become apparent: for instance, most bacteria related to human diseases are associated with biofilms. However, it is still not clear how individual cells self-organize in these communities and how community as a whole responds to environmental cues. This project aims to discover the mechanisms of self-organization in dynamic single-species biofilms (swarms). In these swarms, bacteria display collective surface motility, cooperatively sense the environment, execute collective developmental programs and often differentiate into distinct cell types performing specialized functions. This research focuses on developmental aggregation in biofilms formed by Myxococcus xanthus - an important model organism for studying microbial cooperation, development, and collective motility. Research will involve statistical image analysis/quantification, data analysis and agent-based modeling based on available biological data of our collaborators.

      QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
      PhD in science or engineering and research experience in computational biology is required for this position. Candidates with publications in the field of mathematical/computational biology related to systems biology modeling are strongly preferred. Previous experience in image analysis, bioinformatics and/or modeling bacterial networks is a plus. Strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and English proficiency are also expected. Some of the research will be conducted in tight collaboration with experimental colleagues and the main results are at least partially expected to be published in biological journals.

      ABOUT RICE AND HOUSTON:
      Rice is consistently ranked as one of the nation?s best teaching and research universities.
      It is a member institution of the world largest Medical Center (TMC). Rice is committed to cutting edge interdisciplinary biological research. It is a home to Center of Theoretical Biological Physics (ctbp.rice.edu) and PhD Program in Systems, Synthetic and physical Biology (sspb.rice.edu).
      The Department of Bioengineering is consistently ranked among the nation's top 10 bioengineering graduate programs. Rice is situated in the Museum district of Houston, TX ? the fourth largest city in the US.

      CONDITIONS:
      Rice University is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and offers competitive postdoctoral salary and benefits. The position is open from August 1, 2014 until filled. The initial appointment is for 1 year with possible continuation upon satisfactory performance.

      APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
      Applicants should submit their CV and research statement letter justifying their interests in the group to igoshin@rice.edu.

  • PhD Position/Post-docs: Infectious/Foodborne Diseases, Cornell
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Two Post-doctoral and one PhD student positions available at Cornell University:

      Two of my post docs are moving to faculty positions and one to the Pharmaceutical industry; thus I am seeking two post docs and one PhD student to join my research group.

      My research focuses on mathematical, statistical and economic modeling of infectious and foodborne diseases. The goal of my research is to optimize intervention strategies (health and management) in food supply systems.

      Depending on the applicant's background and interest the postdoc/PhD student could focus on any particular area or combinations of the following: 1) mathematical modeling of infectious diseases (e.g., Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and M. bovis (bovine tuberculosis or bTB) transmission in agricultural systems); 2) system dynamic modeling of antimicrobial resistance in food animal systems; and 3) optimizing milk quality in dairy farms. Please see the most recent references to each of these projects: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/popmed/bios/grohn.cfm

      I would like to encourage individuals with a background in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and/or population biology/analytical epidemiology/economics to apply. Knowledge of Bayesian methods would be a plus. Computer and mathematical expertise and a strong interest in infectious diseases are required.

      Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and the names and contact information of two referees to Yrjo Grohn ytg1@cornell.edu

      Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions are available starting September 1st 2014.

  • Post-doc: Infectious Disease Modeller, U Oxford
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Job: Infectious Disease Modeller, Oxford NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance - University of Oxford and Public Health England

      University of Oxford and Public Health England are accepting applications for an Infectious Disease Modeller, as part of the newly formed Oxford NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance.

      The HPRU is working at the forefront of research into translating next generation pathogen sequencing into routine clinical and public health practice, and developing informatics infrastructures to deliver local, regional and national surveillance to better understand pathogens and recognise infection threats.

      The Modeller will develop mathematical models of the dynamics of spread of healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in hospitals and the community, and will work in close collaboration with modellers in PHE, Colindale and the established vigorous multi-disciplinary Oxford group.

      The successful applicant will have strong modelling skills, together with a keen interest in clinical medicine, an enquiring and flexible attitude and will be highly motivated and enthusiastic about working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines.

      The role will be based at either the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford or Public Health England, Colindale (candidates choice).

      Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 9 July 2014 can be considered.

      For more information and application, please visit: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIY844/infectious-diseases-modeller/

  • Post-docs: BAMBOO team, INRIA-UCBL, Lyon, France
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Two postdoc opportunities at Inria in Lyon, France

      In the context of a FP7 KBBE European Project, BacHBerry ("BACterial Hosts for production of Bioactive phenolics from bERRY fruits"), we are seeking two postdoc candidates, each for one year, renewable for up to two years.

      The candidates will work in the BAMBOO team at the Inria-UCBL in Lyon, France (http://team.inria.fr/bamboo/), in interaction with the partners of BacHBerry, in particular the CSI team at the IDMEC-IST in Lisbon, Portugal (http://www.idmec.ist.utl.pt/).

      Both BAMBOO and CSI are methodological teams with an expertise in computational and systems biology.

      This project aims at tapping the potential of living organisms or systems to develop or make natural chemical compounds that are believed to be useful for medicine, agriculture, bioremediation, biodegradation, or etc. Most often, the compound is already produced by the organism but in small quantity, and one needs then to manipulate it in order for the production to be increased. Other situations require transplanting part of the chemical factory of an organism into another, in general a bacterium, for better efficiency. In some cases, the transplant might better be split among a community of different bacteria in interaction.

      BacHBerry is more specifically interested in the generation of bacterial platforms for sustainable bio-based production of phenolic compounds found in berry fruits. Phenolics are recognised for their antioxydant health-promoting and functional properties, and applied across applications as diverse as aromas, colours, nutraceuticals, and medicines.

      More specifically, we are looking for candidates with a PhD in one of the following areas: computer science, mathematics, statistics, computational biology, metabolic engineering, regulation, or related, with a strong taste for inter-disciplinary research, and with very good interpersonal skills.

      Ideally, the person will have a long experience with graph algorithms, discrete combinatorics and/or optimisation techniques.

      Unsual CVs are welcome. Knowledge of the portuguese language would also be a plus :-)

      Applications should include a motivation letter, a CV, and the address of three references.

      The applications should be sent to:
      Marie-France Sagot, marie-france.sagot@inria.fr
      putting also in copy the partner in Lisbon:
      Susana Vinga, susanavinga@gmail.com
      ideally before July 31, 2014.

  • Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow: Imperial College London
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Research Assistant, Associate or Fellow in Organisation Change, Sustainability and Evaluation
      NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, at Imperial College London
      Fixed term for up to 3 years.
      Salary range:
      Research Assistant: 28,770 - 31,880 GBP per annum
      Research Associate: 32,750 - 41,540 GBP per annum
      Research Fellow: 38,330 - 43,820 GBP per annum

      closing date is 7th July.

      See link below for more details and to apply

      https://www4.ad.ic.ac.uk/OA_HTML/OA.jsp?page=/oracle/apps/irc/candidateSelfService/webui/VisVacDispPG&akRegionApplicationId=821&transactionid=96728708&retainAM=Y&addBreadCrumb=S&p_svid=43748&p_spid=1668144&oapc=7&oas=Q6FGZxpPTcXlOUu_Af312A

  • Post-docs: U President's Fellowship Program, U Michigan
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      Applications are being accepted through Friday, November 1, 2014, at 11:59pm Pacific Time for the University of Michigan President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

      The fellowship supports exceptional scholars in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, economics and political science who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education and have the potential to become faculty members at University of Michigan.

      The University of Michigan President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program awards approximately 9 postdoctoral fellowships annually in all fields for research conducted under faculty sponsorship. The annual award provides a salary of $50-60,000, depending on the field and level of experience, and $10,000 for research and professional development. The award also includes enrollment in health plan for fellow and dependent(s), group life insurance, three weeks of sick leave, and one month (non-accrual) of vacation.

      President's Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to (1) establish residence and participate in academic life at the campus of their postdoctoral appointment, (2) focus full-time on research and avoid other commitments such as teaching or additional employment, (3) meet regularly with their faculty mentor, and (4) attend the professional development programs in campus.

      For information and application to this program, please visit http://sitemaker.umich.edu/um-postdocs/home

  • Post-doc: Stochastic Models, System/Synthetic Biol, OIST, Japan
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist to work in interdisciplinary projects aimed at developing novel stochastic/multiscaled methods, analysis tools and simulation algorithms, and applying them to build predictable models of gene expression and cell biology. The ideal candidates should have a strong background in Applied Mathematics (numerical analysis and probability) or Computer Science, and a PhD in a related field, as well as experience or a strong interest to collaborate with experimental biologists and theoreticians.

      Strong programming skills in Matlab is mandatory, while additional experience in C/C++ and Python is desirable. Additionally, experience with dynamical systems (ODEs, PDEs) is expected, but evidenced experience in biological/chemical reaction modelling and stochastic simulation (temporal and spatio-temporal) will be considered a plus.

      Specific projects will entail constant feedback and cooperation with our home-based wet lab, and experimental and theoretical groups both inside and outside Japan. Thus, the postdoc is expected to travel and be able to work in groups, have excellent personal and communication skills, and a willingness to communicate research results to interdisciplinary audiences. Knowledge of Japanese is not required (albeit language courses will be provided to those interested), but English proficiency is mandatory. Appointment will be done at the postdoctoral level, and will have a remuneration package according to qualifications.

      The successful candidate will join the Integrative Systems Biology Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), and will work under the supervision of Prof. Tatiana T. Marquez-Lago. OIST's language of instruction is English, and a large segment of the faculty and student population is international. Details of our lab can be found in (https://groups.oist.jp/isbu).

      Further details of the position can be found in http://www.oist.jp/careers/postdoctoral-scholar-integrative-systems-biology-unit

  • Post-doc: Bioinformatics/Biomedical Inform, UC Santa Barbara
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      Postdoc: Bioinformatics and biomedical informatics, Santa Barbara, USA

      The Computational Science and Engineering group at University of California Santa Barbara, led by Professor Linda Petzold, is searching for a postdoc with research background in bioinformatics or biomedical informatics and machine learning. The successful candidate will develop and apply cutting-edge computational techniques to the analysis of biological and clinical data in the study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and of Coagulopathy in Trauma. The position is for one year, with a potential for renewal to two years, and is available immediately. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

      To apply, please send a cover letter and CV that provides details about research interests, education, employment history and skills, to Linda Petzold, petzold@cs.ucsb.edu.

      Closing date is September 1, 2014.

      The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

  • Post-doc: Theoretical Community Ecology, Potsdam U, Germany
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      Post-Doc Position in Theoretical Community Ecology at Potsdam, Germany

      Pending final approval of funding we offer a full time position for 3 years with a potential second funding period of 3 more years at the department of Ecology/Ecosystem Modelling at Potsdam University (German salary scale E 13, 100%). The position is available within the recently established Priority Programme "Flexibility matters: Interplay between trait diversity and ecological dynamics using aquatic communities as model systems" (www.DynaTrait.de) funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). We are seeking a highly motivated and productive scientist who is interested and capable of contributing to a modelling team closely interacting with experimentalists conducting laboratory food web experiments. She/he should have strong research interests in community and trait-based ecology (e.g. dynamics of predator-prey and multi-trophic systems), and in the role of adaptability for system dynamics in particular (e.g. via eco-evolutionary dynamics). The work includes developing and analyzing predator-prey and food web models which account for ongoing mutual adaptations of trait values among interacting organisms related to corresponding experiments.

      The ideal candidate holds a Ph.D., has an excellent publication record in the field of theoretical ecology and ecological modelling and comprehensive skills in working with systems of differential equations. Prior Post-Doc experience, skills in time-series analysis and interest in co-supervising students is highly welcome. The modelling team, consisting of Post-Docs, Ph.D. and Master students, is supervised by Prof. Dr. Ursula Gaedke and Prof. Dr. Horst Malchow (Univ. Osnabrück) and provides a very stimulating research environment for promoting theoretical ecology by modelling and empirical studies. The position may be suitable to strive for a Habilitation. Fluency in English is essential but gaining some control of the German language is expected. Potsdam (near Berlin, Germany) is an attractive town of about 170,000 inhabitants. It is an UNESCO world heritage and due to its close vicinity to Berlin covers a broad spectrum of all kinds of cultural activities.

      For further information please visit http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/ibb/researchgroups/fullprofessors/ecology-and-ecosystem-modelling.html or contact U. Gaedke (gaedke@uni-potsdam. de). Applications should include a statement of motivation, a detailed CV with the list of publications, contact details of academic referees and degree certificates. Please send them electronically, if possible as a single file, to U. Gaedke. The position is open until it gets filled. The "12-years-rule" does not apply for this position.

  • Post-docs: NIMBioS, U Tennessee
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 24 - June 9, 2014

      Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications at NIMBioS -- Next
      Deadline: September 1, 2014

      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 $2,000.

      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 2015 is September 1, 2014 but applications for positions starting later in 2015 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, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Post-doc: Modeling Rapid Response to Invasive..., U Alberta
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 24 - June 9, 2014

      Postdoctoral Fellow position, University of Alberta

      The Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network is looking for a postdoctoral researcher on a project for rapid response and decision support models for aquatic invasive species.

      Project description: The successful candidate would work collaboratively with networker investigators and students to develop a comprehensive model for rapid response to invasive species. The model will employ existing datasets coupled to methods from statistics, machine learning and dynamical systems, and it will also be linked to other existing models.

      Skills: Ability to work well in a collaborative setting is crucial. Mathematical and statistical training as well as ability to program efficiently is required. Familiarity with machine learning is an asset.

      Details: The position is under the supervision of Prof Mark Lewis, University of Alberta, and will also involve interactions with network researchers across Canada. The position is available immediately until it is filled. Please send a statement of interest, a sample of written work, a CV, and names of two references that can be contacted to Mark Lewis, mark.lewis@ualberta.ca. Further details and a full description of the position are available on request.

  • Post-doc: Disease Ecology, Veterinary..., U Minnesota
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 23 - June 3, 2014

      POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN DISEASE ECOLOGY
      Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

      A postdoctoral position is available to investigate infectious disease dynamics in wild and domestic animal populations. Meggan Craft's research group uses mathematical and statistical models fit to empirical data from field systems in order to study the spread and control of disease (http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vpm/faculty/meggancraft/home.html). Current modeling projects on already-collected data could include swine influenza dynamics or large felid retroviral dynamics, as well as new projects as opportunities arise. Through the University of Minnesota's Ecosystem Health Initiative, the position provides an opportunity to interact with a diverse community of epidemiologists, veterinarians, wildlife managers, ecologists, and public health practitioners.

      The successful applicant will have a PhD in ecology, statistics, applied mathematics or a related field, with a strong background in infectious disease modeling and quantitative analysis, a track record of publication, and the ability to work independently as part of a multidisciplinary team. Initial appointment will be for one year, with opportunities for renewal. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

      Apply online at: employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=120624 Applications should include (1) a cover letter explicitly describing the fit with this position and a possible start date, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a statement of research interests and experience (attach as Additional Document 1). PDF attachments of published or in press papers are encouraged but not required. In addition to applying online, please have two letters of recommendation sent via email (preferable as PDF files) to Dr. Meggan Craft at craft@umn.edu.

      The Ecosystem Health Initiative of the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine is working with an international consortium of partners to improve understanding of the relationship among the environment, biodiversity, and the health of humans, livestock and wildlife. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

  • Post-doc: Math Modelling of Drug-Resistance in..., U Exeter
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 23 - June 3, 2014

      Postdoctoral position: Mathematical modelling of drug-resistance in microorganisms and cancers, University of Exeter

      We are recruiting a Research Fellow to participate in an exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between a mathematical modelling groups of Dr Ivana Gudelj and Prof Robert Beardmore, University of Exeter, UK and Computational Biology and Oncology Departments at AstraZeneca, Cambridge. This position is available from 1st July 2014 for the period of 2 years. The successful applicant will contribute towards research that uses concepts from ecology and Darwinian evolution applied to micro-organisms, to understand the strength of natural selection in cancer cells.

      The successful applicant will be working on the development and analysis of mathematica models in Dr Gudelj and Prof Beardmore's labs at the University of Exeter in close collaborations with colleagues at AstraZeneca, Cambridge. Applicants will posses a PhD in a quantitative discipline (mathematics, physics, engineering or computer science) and be familiar with ordinary differential equations, their use in modelling, analysis (Dynamical Systems techniques) and simulation. The successful candidate should be able to communicate effectively with individuals from a wide range of disciplines.

      More information about the project and how to apply can be found at: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIU198/associate-research-fellow/

Faculty and other positions

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  • Lectureship: Mathematical Biology, U Stirling
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 35 - August 26, 2014

      The Division of Computing Science and Mathematics, within the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling is offering a lectureship in Mathematical biology. The closing date is 26th September 2014. Details can be found at http://www.stir.ac.uk/about/jobs/list/. The job reference number is SCH00366. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Adam Kleczkowski (ak@cs.stir.ac.uk) or Prof Rachel Norman (ran@cs.stir.ac.uk).

  • Tenure-Track: Computational Biology, U Colorado BioFrontiers...
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 34 - August 21, 2014

      Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Computational Biology at the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute

      BioFrontiers integrates faculty from nine departments to address significant problems in biology and medicine at the interface of the biological sciences with the physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, and/or engineering (see http://BioFrontiers.colorado.edu/about). While a successful candidate could be rostered in any of our participating departments, this search will focus on candidates seeking to develop an internationally recognized research program in computational biology, with additional emphases on genomics, the microbiome, and/or network science. Successful candidates must demonstrate a strong focus on innovative computation in their research plan. The tenure-track position is at the Assistant Professor level, although more senior candidates will also be considered. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and a demonstrated commitment to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will hold the Marvin H. Caruthers Endowed Chair for Early Career Faculty for a period of four years, after which the Chair will be recycled to another early career faculty member.

      Application materials are accepted electronically at http://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/86204 . Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, the University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment and sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples.

  • Tenure-Track: Applied Mathematics, U Colorado Boulder
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 34 - August 21, 2014

      The Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin August 2015. This position is in the area of mathematical modeling: physical/bio mathematics. However, exceptional candidates in all fields of Applied Mathematics may be considered. The candidate is expected to take an active role in undergraduate and graduate teaching; conduct an active, externally funded research program; and advise graduate students. A PhD. in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, or other related discipline is required.

      Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

      The Applied Mathematics Department has significant research efforts in computational mathematics, mathematical biology, physical applied mathematics, probability, statistics, and nonlinear mathematics including nonlinear dynamics and waves. For more information, see http://amath.colorado.edu/.

      The University of Colorado Boulder offers a rich research environment with numerous interdisciplinary initiatives in the physical and life sciences.

      The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this posting can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.

      Applications are accepted electronically at https://www.jobsatcu.com, posting # F01636.

  • Tier II Canada Research Chair: Dept Applied Math., U Waterloo
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 34 - August 21, 2014

      Tier II Canada Research Chair

      University of Waterloo
      Department of Applied Mathematics

      The Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. This position is at the level of a tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate Professor. The priority areas for this position are Control Theory and Differential Equations. Exceptional candidates in other areas of research excellence in the department may be considered.

      The successful candidate will have an outstanding research program with the potential to become a leader in their field. We are looking for applicants with an enthusiasm for teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and for the supervision of graduate students.

      The Department of Applied Mathematics has 22 regular faculty and two lecturers. Research interests include scientific computing, control theory, differential equations and dynamical systems, fluid dynamics, mathematical biology and medicine, and mathematical physics. The department has a substantial graduate program with over 80 graduate students pursuing Masters or PhD degrees, and strong undergraduate programs in applied mathematics and mathematical physics. More information about the department can be found at http://math.uwaterloo.ca/applied-mathematics/.

      Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent in Applied Mathematics, or a related field, normally obtained in the last ten years. The salary range for this position is Can$100K-Can$150K. Rank and salary of the appointment will be commensurate with qualifications, experience and research record. This appointment is expected to commence during the 2015 calendar year.

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader: Applied Mathematics, U Glasgow
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 32 - August 5, 2014

      Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in Applied Mathematics
      University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
      Closes: 15 September 2014.
      Apply online at www.gla.ac.uk/about/jobs/vacancies/ using reference number 009113.
      Salary: Grade 7/8/9; 33,242 - 37,394 GBP / 40,847 - 47,328 GBP / 48,743 - 59,914 GBP per annum

      The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, is a member of the UK's Russell Group of leading universities. The University is committed to enhancing its position as one of the world's great broad-based research-intensive universities. Central to our strategic development plan, 'Glasgow 2020: A Global Vision', the School of Mathematics and Statistics will make a key appointment to a Lectureship, Senior Lectureship or Readership in Applied Mathematics. The successful applicant will pursue internationally leading research that complements our research activity in Solid Mechanics, Mathematical Biology and MHD & Fluid Mechanics, and he or she will teach at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels. While applications are encouraged in all these areas, preference may be given to the fields of Magnetohydrodynamics or Fluid Mechanics.

      For appointment to a Readership you will be an outstanding, internationally recognised researcher, taking on national and international leadership roles where appropriate, with a record of applying for and securing of research funding and a track record of high impact publications in internationally recognised publications.

      Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Nicholas Hill (0141 330 4258, Nicholas.Hill@glasgow.ac.uk) or to the Head of School, Professor Adrian Bowman (0141 330 2975, hos@maths-stats.gla.ac.uk).

      Information about the School and all its research groups is available from the School website at www.gla.ac.uk/schools/mathematicsstatistics/

  • Tenure-Track: Math. Biol./Math. Sciences, Shizuoka U, Japan
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 32 - August 5, 2014

      Mathematical Biology, or broadly Mathematical Sciences

      Tenure track Position at the Department of Mathematical and Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Shizuoka University, Japan

      Department of Mathematical and Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Shizuoka University is inviting applications for five year tenure track assistant professor position with financial support for research. Aimed at development of innovative mathematical and systems engineering, the Department of Mathematical and Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering is seeking a tenure track assistant professor for researching in the area of mathematical sciences including modeling, simulations, and optimization, but not limited to those areas. The deadline for the application is due on 29 August, 2014 (recept).

      The candidate will join the laboratory of Jin Yoshimura. For details, see the websites below:
      https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekJorDetail?fn=0&ln=1&id=D114061257&ln_jor=1
      In Japanese:
      https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekJorDetail?fn=0&id=D114061257&ln_jor=0

  • Select NIH Intramural Research & Other Positions - Aug Update
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 32 - August 5, 2014

      Director
      National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
      (deadline: September 15)

      THE POSITION: The National Institutes of Health is seeking a first-rate scientific leader for the position of Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The incumbent will have superb research credentials in minority health and health disparities in order to engage the community in fulfilling a new vision for NIMHD. He/she provides leadership and direction to the Institute and advises the NIH Director and Institute and Center (IC) Directors on the development of NIH-wide policy issues related to minority health disparities research, research on other health disparities, and related research training and serves as principal liaison with other agencies of the DHHS and Federal Government. The mission of the NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities, to accomplish this, the Director will work collaboratively with his/her peers to develop, articulate, and implement a shared vision for minority health research. The NIMHD Director also plans, reviews, coordinates, and evaluates all minority health and health disparities research and activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); conducts and supports research in minority health and health disparities; promotes and supports the training of a diverse research workforce; translates and disseminates research information; and fosters innovative collaborations and partnerships. To carry out its mission, the NIMHD has a staff of approximately 56 employees and an annual budget of approximately $200 million.

      REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The NIMHD seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in the biomedical sciences and have senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs in minority health and health disparities. In addition to senior-level research experience, applicants must have senior-level administrative and interpersonal skills to meet the demands of leading a complex organization. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership in collaborating and dealing with different stakeholder groups within the research community, planning and assessing programs, developing plans to resolve operational problems and issues, and managing financial and human resources. Applicants must also have experience serving as a spokesperson; addressing Congress, the press, scientific organizations, and advocacy and community groups. Applicants should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, and as individuals of outstanding scientific competence.

      SALARY/BENEFITS: The Director, NIMHD, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided. This position is subject to public financial disclosure requirements. STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at http://ethics.od.nih.gov/default.htm. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

      FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

      REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

      EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

      HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, copy of doctoral degree, and the full contact details of three to five references to Lynnita Jacobs at SeniorRe@od.Nih.gov (301-402-4077). In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements, a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to 2 pages each). All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials of NIH.

      APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY Monday, September 15, 2014, at 11:59 p.m., ET.

      Tenure-Track or Tenure-Eligible Position
      Radiation Epidemiology Branch, NCI-DCEG
      (deadline: September 15)

      The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a major component of the NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services, is recruiting an environmental and/or occupational epidemiologist for a tenure-track or tenure-eligible position available in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG).

      The Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) has a broad-based research program to identify, understand, and quantify the risk of cancer in populations exposed to medical, occupational, or environmental sources of ionizing and non-ionizing (e.g., ultraviolet, radio-frequency, or extremely low-frequency) radiation. Overall, the REB mission is threefold: to characterize and quantify the carcinogenic effects of radiation; to improve our understanding of molecular mechanisms of radiation carcinogenesis; and to address issues of public concern about radiation exposure. Investigations of environmental radiation exposures conducted by REB focus on populations exposed to ionizing radiation from accidents at nuclear plants and fallout, and to non-ionizing ultraviolet solar radiation. Radiation-exposed worker populations studied include medical radiation and nuclear workers. REB studies are a major source of data used to develop recommendations or regulations for radiation protection by national and international committees or government agencies, respectively. REB researchers provide advice on radiation-related cancer risks, public health issues and radiologic terrorism to government agencies, professional organizations, and academic institutions.

      Applicants must have a doctorate in epidemiology, environmental or occupational health or equivalent qualifications, relevant experience after the doctorate in cancer and/or radiation epidemiology and excellent computational skills. A strong record of publications demonstrating an ability to collaborate effectively and to lead independent research is required. The caliber of scientific journals in which the applicant has published will also be carefully considered. 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, as measured by an upward career trajectory of the number of first-author publications; evidence of effective and efficient leadership of new projects; and skill at effective oral and written scientific communication. 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 ncidcegeorereb@mail.nih.gov. The application should include:
      1. Cover letter
      2. Curriculum vitae
      3. Summary of experience and research accomplishments
      4. Statement of research interests
      5. Copies of up to five publications or reprints.
      6. Three letters of reference, including at least one reference from a collaborator in epidemiology, environmental or occupational health or radiation research studies in related disciplines. Reference letters must be sent directly from the individual writing the letter to the email address listed above. Any questions can also be directed to the email address above. The closing date for applications is September 15, 2014. More information about this job announcement and about research programs in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and the Radiation Epidemiology Branch are available at http://dceg.cancer.gov.

      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, is pleased to announce its sixth annual call for 'NIH Earl Stadtman Investigators,' a broad recruitment of tenure-track investigators (assistant professor equivalent) for all NIH intramural programs. Scientific discoveries from our intramural laboratories, with their extensive infrastructure and critical mass of expertise, have a crucial role in both maintaining America's research excellence and advancing medical treatments and cures.

      Come join the team whose hallmarks are stable funding, intellectual freedom, shared resources, and access to a wide range of scientific expertise. We seek creative, independent thinkers eager to take on high-risk, high-impact research. A fantastic array of scientists already has been hired through the 'Stadtman' recruitment in the last five 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 are world-renowned experts in basic, translational, and clinical research. Our strength is our diversity in pursuit of a common goal, to alleviate human suffering from disease. 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: For this broad, trans-NIH recruitment effort, we seek talented scientists with a clear and creative research vision who wish to contribute to the nation's health.

      Qualifications/eligibility: Candidates 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 publications in major 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, 2014 (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, 2014 (11:59 p.m. EDT). We cannot accept paper applications.

      What to expect: Search committees of subject-matter experts will review and evaluate applicants based on publication record, scientific vision and potential scientific impact of current and proposed research, demonstrated independence, awards, and references. The committees will identify the most highly qualified candidates to invite to the NIH for a lecture in December 2014, open to the NIH scientific staff, and for subsequent interviews with the search committees. Search committee chairs and NIH Scientific Directors, who lead our intramural programs, will identify finalists for possible recruitment as Earl Stadtman Investigators. Candidates not selected as finalists can be considered for other open NIH research positions. The entire process from application review to job offer may take several months, depending on the volume of applications.

      Please find answers to frequently asked questions at http://tenuretrack.nih.gov/apply/faq/stadtman.html.

      We call upon individuals who will open our eyes to possibilities we haven't yet envisioned, complement our scientific mission, and enhance our research efforts. 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 positions@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

      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/

  • Lead Scientist Po.: Allen Institute for Brain Science, WA, USA
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 31 - July 28, 2014

      Our mission at the Allen Institute for Brain Science is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using a big science approach, we generate useful public resources, drive technological and analytical advances, and discover fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory.

      The Assistant Investigator will act as a lead scientist in developing a machine learning program for classification and comparative analysis of the Allen Institutes neuroscience programs data. This work will include both problems of cell type classification including diverse data modalities such as transcriptome and synaptome, electro- and optical physiology, and light and electron microscopy morphological and connectivity data. By combining data from mouse, human, and developing and human embryonic stem cell approaches, we wish to use robust modern quantitative clustering tools to understand the spectrum from components to circuits to cognition, and ultimately what makes humans human.

      Job Responsibilities:
      -Establish a group and key facility in the development and application of modern machine learning techniques to the understanding of neurobiological data.
      -Develop the methodology and techniques for the quantitative exploration of cell type characterization and classification.
      -Advise a group of scientists in developing these methods.
      -Work with experimentalists to understand their data and to suggest new experiments.
      -Compare model against electrophysiological and imaging data from in-house observator.
      -Seek and evaluate new cutting-edge technologies in related areas.
      -Publish/present findings in peer-reviewed journals/scientific conferences.
      -Present a periodic summary of progress to the research community within the organization.
      -Communicate effectively and appropriately with others inside and outside the organization.

      Basic Qualifications:
      -Ph.D. in a physics, engineering, or computational discipline
      -5+ years of postdoctoral working experience in computational neuroscience and machine learning
      -Extensive experience and technical knowledge of computational neuroscience, modeling and machine learning, including modeling networks of spiking neurons, deep learning, algorithms, hierarchical clustering
      -Strong knowledge of systems, cellular and molecular neuroscience

      Location: Seattle, WA
      Relocation Assistance Available
      Application Link:
      https://alleninstitute.csod.com/ats/careersite/jobdetails.aspx?site=1&c=alleninstitute&id=36

  • Lecturer: Infectious Disease Modeller, U Bristol
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      LECTURER POSITION
      SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
      CLOSING DATE: 4 AUGUST 2014

      This post offers an excellent opportunity for an experienced Lecturer to join an expanding research team based in the School of Social and Community Medicine. The post is for 48 months supported by a grant from the National Institute of Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) on Evaluation of Interventions, and is intended to provide an opportunity for the researcher to apply for additional funding and/or a personal development research fellowship award and with the option of becoming a permanent post. The post will undertake modelling on a number of policy relevant projects in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE). This will involve the development of infectious disease models on the transmission of a range of diseases, including viral hepatitis (Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Hepatitis B virus (HBV)), childhood infections (such as Meningitis, Pertussis, and Rotavirus) and sexually transmitted infections (such as Chlamydia and HIV), and the use of these models to project the impact of various interventions including treatment, vaccination and other prevention strategies depending on the disease in question. The modeller will also work actively with economists in the group to enable their models to account for the economic costs and benefits of different interventions, and with other researchers in Public Health England and in this and other HPRUs in other institutions. As part of these projects you will be involved in leading the technical aspect of the modelling, and will collaborate with other modellers, economists and epidemiologists involved in this and other projects. It is also hoped that the modeller will play a role in supervising other modellers, and will start to develop their own research direction and team. We are looking for an applicant with experience in infectious disease mathematical modelling, hopefully with experience of supervising other modellers and in undertaking economic analyses. The post is full time (but with possibility of part-time) and will be offered on a fixed term or open ended basis for a period of 4 years.

      Details can be found here:
      http://www.bris.ac.uk/jobs/find/details.html?nPostingID=2160&nPostingTargetID=7673&option=28&sort=DESC&respnr=1&ID=Q50FK026203F3VBQBV7V77V83&Resultsperpage=10&lg=UK&mask=uobext

      For an informal discussion about the post, please contact
      Professor Peter Vickerman: peter.vickerman@bristol.ac.uk
      Professor Matthew Hickman: matthew.hickman@bristol.ac.uk

  • Lab Appt: Animal Virology, Plum Island Animal Disease Center
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      Animal Virology Research Support Appointment
      United States Department of Agriculture
      Orient Point, NY

      Project Description:
      The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is seeking a motivated scientist (post-master's or post-baccalaureate) interested in conducting animal virology laboratory research aimed at developing novel strategies to control African swine fever virus (ASFV). The position is with the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and is offered through the PIADC Research Participation Program. The position is available immediately and is funded for 1 year, with the opportunity for renewal.
      PIADC is the only U.S. laboratory facility performing research, development and diagnosis of foreign animal diseases of highest threat to the U.S. This critical national asset is located off the northeast coast of Long Island, NY, and accessible by government-provided ferry from Orient Point, NY, and Old Saybrook, CT. One of the missions of PIADC is to develop technologies to help mitigate the risks of catastrophic economic losses caused by foreign animal disease (FAD) agents accidentally or deliberately introduced into the United States.
      At PIADC, the scientist will perform laboratory tests to evaluate the efficacy and potency of vaccine and antivirals against ASFV. The scientist will prepare specimens and samples, operate standard laboratory equipment, maintain tissue cultures, assist in animal experiments, stay up-to-date regarding technical developments, conduct literature searches on identified topics relevant to the research, and follow and ensure adherence to strict safety procedures and safety checks. Research will be performed in a Bio-Safety Level 3 containment laboratory and animal facility.
      Common methodologies employed will include virus isolation, propagation and titration; preparation of vaccines; determination of serum antibody titers using virus neutralization assays and/or ELISAs; evaluation of vaccine potency and efficacy in swine; and use of several techniques of recombinant DNA technology, real time PCR, protein expression in bacteria and in tissue culture, light and fluorescence microscopy.

      Additional Information:
      Position is available to be filled immediately.

      Other Qualifications:
      Post Baccalaureate or Post Master's

      How to Apply:
      Information about the application process and application forms are available on the program Web site: http://www.orau.gov/piadc

      For Additional Information:
      For additional information about the PIADC Research Participation Program, please see http://www.orau.gov/piadc or email PIADC@orau.org.

  • R&D Position: Math Biol/Biophysics, US Army ERDC, Vicksburg, MS
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      Mathematical Biology / Theoretical Biology / Biophysics Theory

      The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has initiated a multi-year program in systems and synthetic biology, which includes development of mathematical models predictive of a wide variety of biological endpoints, from chemical toxicity to dynamics of biological signaling. While the broad focus of this program is to minimize the negative impacts of human activities on the environment, a need exists to further develop and validate mathematical models from underlying and often abstract conceptual frameworks.

      R&D opportunities are available for qualified candidates to pursue funded work, in addition to pursuing new research funding within the DOD, for modeling-related activities in areas such as: the fundamental nature of communication across biological components in genetic and molecular networks; bio-inspired wireless communication models; hierarchical signaling networks of toxicological pathways in model organisms; effects and impacts of military munitions on the environment. Successful applicants will have obtained a PhD or all-but-dissertation (ABD) status in a field indicative of analytical mathematical training, such as physics, mathematics, chemical engineering, computer science, bioinformatics, computational & quantum chemistry, etc. Applicants should generally be able to solve complex analytical problems, which may involve providing equations that approximate exact solutions while quantifying associated error. The incumbent will work with an experienced and diverse team of PhD-level scientists with expertise in theoretical physics, bioinformatics, genetics, molecular biology, and toxicology. Persons in these positions are expected to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals, maintain and cultivate connections to academia and industry as well as other government organizations, and to write grants in pursuit of new funding. These opportunities are for US citizens and foreign nationals, and will remain open until filled. Salaries are expected to range from $42,000 to $100,000 USD, dependent upon experience. To obtain more information, send or email a resume/CV with a brief cover letter to explaining your R&D experience and interests to: Dr. Michael Mayo (Michael.L.Mayo@usace.army.mil), Environmental Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, 3909 Halls Ferry Rd, Vicksburg, MS, 39180. Applicants will be evaluated by 30 September, 2014.

      The Environmental Laboratory (EL) is one of seven DOD-funded laboratories within the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, which is part of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The general website for the Environmental Laboratory is http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/index.cfm. Successful applicants may join the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB) team, which seeks to better understand and predict the effects and impacts of chemical and physical stressors on a broad spectrum of animal species at the molecular and population level. EGSB team projects range from experimental studies of toxicological outcomes of military munitions on model animals to theoretical investigations of coupled dynamic interactions in the gene-regulatory networks of Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Related areas of research include the use of gene expression data for biomarker development, stressor / toxicity assessment and reverse engineering of biological networks impacted by stressors. Our ultimate goal in this work is development of predictive models that will inform if and why a stressor is harmful and what magnitude of risk is posed. Further, understanding biological networks and their control dynamics has inherent practical utility for understanding how complex systems function, and for predicting the fundamental behavior of complex engineered networks. All of these efforts include a heavy component of bioinformatics, mathematical and computational modeling, and systems biology approaches. As a result we are searching for motivated people that can not only support these existing efforts, but contribute innovative solutions that advance the USACE and EL mission.

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Applied/Comp. Math., U Queensland
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 28 - July 9, 2014

      Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics or Computational Mathematics (Continuing teaching and research position)

      The University of Queensland is recognised nationally and internationally for its research programs across a broad area of mathematics and statistics, and is the leading provider of tertiary mathematics education in Queensland. The School of Mathematics and Physics hosts several research centres and is an active partner in a number of multidisciplinary research groups both within and external to the University. Our staff are recognised internationally for their active and dynamic research programs across a wide range of areas in mathematics.

      We are seeking a motivated applied mathematician interested in joining our School. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in mathematical modelling and/or computational mathematics.

      The University of Queensland is one of the top three universities in Australia, measured by the quality of its comprehensive range of research fields. In addition to providing excellent potential for interdisciplinary research, the University is located in the vibrant riverfront city of Brisbane, whose sub-tropical climate, cultural diversity, and proximity to coastal regions make it an attractive environment in which to live.

      The role
      The successful appointee will be expected to take an active role in the research efforts of the School. This includes frequent publication in high quality journals, participation in and organizing of conferences, international and interdisciplinary collaboration, and attracting competitive research funding. The appointee will be expected to teach from a selection of undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics courses, ranging from large first year courses to specialised graduate courses. Other teaching duties include postgraduate supervision and curriculum development. The selected candidate will be expected to raise further the University's strong international profile in mathematics, and to attract postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to the University.

      The person
      Outstanding applicants in any area of applied mathematics are encouraged to apply. The School is particularly interested in applicants with a strong research record in mathematical modeling and/or computation.

      The applicants must have a strong international research record, relative to opportunity. Also, they must have a genuine commitment to mathematics teaching and curriculum development, and be an advocate of mathematics within the University and in the broader community. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate how their research interests mesh with our existing strengths.

      Remuneration
      The appointment will be made on a full-time, continuing basis at Academic level B or C (depending on experience and qualifications).

      The remuneration package of an Academic Level B appointment will be in the range of $83,904 - $99,635 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range of $98,167 - $116,572 p.a.).

      The remuneration package of an Academic Level C appointment will be in the range of $102,782 - $118,513 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range of $120,025 - $138,660 p.a.).

      Enquiries
      To discuss this role please contact Professor Ole Warnaar +61 7 3365 3487 or email: o.warnaar@maths.uq.edu.au

      http://jobs.uq.edu.au/caw/en/job/496210/lecturersenior-lecturer-in-applied-mathematics-or-computational-mathematics

  • Position: Math Modeller, Antibiotic..., Public Health England
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 28 - July 9, 2014

      Job: Mathematical Modeller-Antibiotic Resistance, Public Health England

      An exciting opportunity has arisen for an innovative and creative mathematical modeller to develop models exploring the spread and control drug-resistant bacteria.

      The post-holder will lead the development of mathematical models of the dynamics of multi-drug resistant Gram negative bacteria in hospitals and the community, and then use these models to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention strategies in both the short and long-term.

      The successful applicant will have strong modelling skills, together with a keen interest in infectious diseases and public health, and will be highly motivated and enthusiastic about working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines both nationally and internationally.

      They will join an existing infectious disease modelling team with considerable experience undertaking policy focused research and providing advice to decision makers in the UK and Europe.

      Salary: 37,175-45,769 GBP per annum
      Closing date: 14/07/2014

      For more information and application, please visit: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/e4b211616709f04964ae5328878cd846/?vac_ref=913440808

  • Selected NIH Intramural Research & Other Positions-July Update
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 27 - July 3, 2014

      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/

  • University Assistants with Doctor: U Graz, Austria
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Institute of Mathematics and Scientific Computing is filling a University Assistant with doctorate (40 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of 6 years; Envisaged Job Starting Date 01 October 2014)

      For more information follow the link: http://jobs.uni-graz.at/en/MB/105/99

      Institute of Mathematics and Scientific Computing is filling a University Assistant with doctorate (40 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of 6 years; Envisaged Job Starting Date 01 October 2014)

      For more information follow the link: http://jobs.uni-graz.at/en/MB/98/99

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