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  • PhD position: Quantitative biology..., U of Zurich
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 7 - February 18, 2015

      PhD position: Quantitative biology approaches to assess the interplay of host and viral factors in the hurdle to cure HIV.

      We are looking for a highly motivated PhD-Student on a project at the interface of bioinformatics, evolution, and systems biology in the context of HIV therapy and cure. The project combines molecular epidemiology approaches with clinical data and mathematical models in order to investigate the long-term success of HIV-therapy and to understand the key challenges on the way towards a cure of the virus. The PhD student will carry out his projects in the context of the Swiss HIV Cohort Study (SHCS). The SHCS is the ideal setting for these projects as it is highly representative for the HIV population in Switzerland and combines sequence and clinical data of extraordinary quality. The student will work on a range of specified research projects, but will be also highly encouraged and expected to develop and investigate his own research questions.

      The ideal applicant has strong quantitative/computational skills and a strong interest in infectious-disease epidemiology. The applicant should hold a Masters degree in a discipline relevant to the project (e.g. Epidemiology, Statistics, Mathematics, Biomedical Sciences, Physics, Computer Science).

      The PhD will take place within the PhD-Program Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School (run jointly by the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich). Research will be conducted at the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital of Zurich (University of Zurich; head of research: Huldrych Gunthard). The Division of Infectious Diseases provides a highly interdisciplinary and translational research environment with links both to clinical practice and basic science. Moreover, we are strongly interconnected with a variety of other research institutes in Zurich and beyond. In particular, we maintain strong collaborations with the Institute of Medical Virology (Alexandra Trkola) at the University of Zurich, and the Institutes of Theoretical Biology (Sebastian Bonhoeffer) and Computational Biology (Niko Beerenwinkel) at the ETH Zurich.

      Start date: As soon as possible.

      Applicants should send a cover letter, a detailed CV, and contact information for two or three academic references to: Dr. Roger Kouyos, roger.kouyos@uzh.ch.

  • 16 PhD Positions: Life Sciences, Mathematical..., CiM-IMPRS
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 7 - February 18, 2015

      16 PhD Fellowships in Life Sciences, Mathematical Modelling and Image Analysis

      The International Max Planck Research School-Molecular Biomedicine (IMPRS-MBM) and the Cells in Motion Excellence Cluster (CiM) offer 16 PhD Fellowships in Life Sciences, Mathematical Modelling, and Image Analysis. More PhD positions financed by work contracts may be offered depending on availability.

      The CiM Graduate School and IMPRS-MBM - jointly run by the University of Munster and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine - offer interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical research with a strong emphasis on imaging. PhD projects range from the analysis of basic cellular processes to clinical translation, from the generation of mathematical models to the development of new imaging-related techniques and compounds.

      Research areas:
      Molecular Biology
      In vivo Imaging
      Image Analysis
      High Resolution Optical Imaging
      Biophysics
      Chemical Biology
      Label Chemistry
      Mathematical Modelling and more.

      Applications for the 3-year PhD program can be submitted from 10 February -15 April 2015. Projects start in October 2015. Applications can only be submitted via our online system.

      For online application and further information go to http://www.cim-imprs.de.

      The program offers excellent scientific and transferable skills training, a competitive tax-free fellowship and support with administrative matters, accomodation, visas etc. There are no tuition fees. The program language is English. We invite applications from highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality from biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences and physics. We are looking forward to your application for a PhD fellowship in Münster, "the world's most liveable city" (LivCom Award 2004).

      Contact: cim-imprs@uni-muenster.de

  • 15 PhD Positions: Cell Migration Research, InCeM, UK
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 6 - February 11, 2015

      15 PhD Positions, Horizon 2020
      International Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network
      InCeM-Integrated Component Cycling in Epithelial Cell Motility

      Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, Cell Migration Research

      Applications are invited for PhD student fellowships. InCeM is focused on cell migration, which is essential for vital processes such as tissue formation, wound healing and tissue invasion during carcinogenesis. It aims to visualise morphological, biochemical and physical processes of cell motility to integrate these data into multi-scale models with the goal to deliberately tune motile behavior in relation to disease. InCeM provides an international and highly interdisciplinary framework of collaborators from academia and industry with core expertise in medicine, biology, biochemistry, image analysis, modelling and engineering.

      Application information: Candidates only can apply online through the application located at: https://incem.rwth-aachen.de/jobs.html

      A pdf of the 15 positions can also be downloaded from the site above.

      Applications should be submitted immediately but no later than the end of March to be considered

  • PhD Position: modelling HPV transmission, U of Bern, Switzerland
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 4 - January 28, 2015

      PhD position in mathematical modelling of the impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on HPV-associated cancers, University of Bern, Switzerland

      We are looking for a highly motivated person to study for a PhD in a project to investigate the potential future impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on HPV-associated cancers in Switzerland.

      You will develop mathematical models to study the transmission of HPV and the progression of HPV-associated cancers. The models will be used to investigate the effect of geographical (cantonal) variation in vaccine uptake and different vaccination schedules on the prevalence of HPV and the incidence of HPV-associated cancers in Switzerland. In this project, you will work together with epidemiologists and biostatisticians at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern and researchers from The Netherlands.

      Requirements:
      You should have strong quantitative skills with a Masters degree in a relevant discipline such as computational biology, biostatistics, mathematics or physics. Previous experience in infectious disease modeling is an advantage.

      The project is funded by Swiss Cancer Research (http://www.swisscancer.ch) with a salary on the doctoral student scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The position is available for 3 years. The position is available immediately.

      For further information about the project and our research, visit http://www.immuno-epidemiology.ch and http://www.ispm.ch.

      To apply for this position, send a CV and contact information of two referees, accompanied by a letter explaining why you are suited to the post, your current skills and skills that you would like to develop, to Dr. Christian Althaus (christian.althaus@ispm.unibe.ch) by 20th February 2015.

  • PhD Positions: Colorado School of Mines
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 3 - January 21, 2015

      The Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) Department at Colorado School of Mines invites applications from exceptional students with interests in mathematics, statistics, and biology to join our newly formed Mathematical and Statistical Biology research group. Research interests of affiliated faculty include computational neuroscience, physiologically-based modeling of sleep and circadian rhythms, glucose/insulin dynamics, in-host viral dynamics and viral structure, survival analysis, epidemiological sampling design, infectious disease data and disease mapping, and the application of high performance computational tools to simulate biological processes.

      The graduate program at Mines prides itself on being highly interdisciplinary with ties to research hospitals, national laboratories, and other universities throughout the region. Graduate students will have the opportunity to develop and apply new mathematical and statistical methods to real-world problems while working closely with AMS faculty and their experimentalist and clinician collaborators. Additional application information is available on our website: http://ams.mines.edu/ams.php/graduate/Admissions

  • PhD Studentship: Cardiac Modelling, Gent U, Belgium
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 3 - January 21, 2015

      PhD Studentship in Cardiac Modelling

      A four year PhD studentship is available at Department of Physics and Astronomy, Gent University, Belgium.The aim of this PhD project is study of effects of opening of hemichannels on onset of cardiac arrhythmias. Hemichannels are large conducting non-selective channels which opening has a significant effect on ionic fluxes through cardiac membrane. The work will be performed in a close collaboration with a group which performs experimental measurements of properties of hemichannels in various conditions. On basis of these data a model of a hemichannel should be developed and integrated into an existing multiscale anatomical model of the human heart. This anatomical model will be used to study how opening of hemichannels affects the onset of cardiac arrhythmias and their dynamics.

      We seek a motivated candidate with broad interest in biophysics, integrative computational and mathematical biology, biomedical engineering. Prior experience in cardiac modelling is an advantage, but not necessary. Although most of the programs are already available at our group, a working knowledge of C/C++ is desirable.

      Salary: approx. 1850 euro/month (net).
      Length: 4 years.
      Starting date: between March and August 1st 2015.
      For further information about this position, please contact Prof. A.V.Panfilov (Alexander.Panfilov@UGent.be). Application letters including a CV, a short statement of research interests, and contact details of three referees should be sent by email to the above-mentioned address.

  • Scholarship: Master in Systems & Synthetic Biology, Evry, France
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 2 - January 14, 2015

      A limited number of stipends may be proposed to foreign students in the Master in Systems & Synthetic Biology, mSSB (http://www.mSSB.fr) on the basis of academic excellence. These stipends cover living and registration costs for the teaching period and may be cumulated with the one served to Master 2 students by the laboratory hosting the internship from February on. So we would appreciate your help in transmitting these informations to potentially interested students, and putting them in contact with us.

      Interested students are invited to visit as soon as possible the webpage: http://www.issb.genopole.fr/Education/foreign-students Candidates selected by the mSSB committee for a scholarship proposal will be notified by e-mail, and will be informed of scholarship application procedures. The other applicants will still be eligible for the mSSB program.

  • PhD Position: Computational Biology..., UNSW, Australia
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 2 - January 14, 2015

      PhD positions - Computational Biology and Infectious Diseases

      The Systems Biology Group at the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Australia is looking for PhD students to work on research projects in the area of bioinformatics / computational biology as well as statistical analyses that are aimed at understanding viral evolution and the role of host immune response. These projects and will involve high- throughput data, such as next-generation sequencing, as well as immunological data (flow-cytometry, single cell sorting and sequencing of T and B cell repertoire).

      Computational projects are suited to students with a strong background in quantitative disciplines such as Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Physics, Statistics, Mathematics or similar. Successful applicants will join a team of researchers in the Inflammation and Infection Research Centre, which hosts > 70 students and researchers in various field of Medical Sciences. There is also a great opportunity to interact with researchers involved in wet-lab activities.This research done in collaboration with experimental research groups both in Australia and overseas. Additional information on the Computational Biology Group?s research interests are available at:

      http://medicalsciences.med.unsw.edu.au/research/groups/inflammation-and-infection-research/computational-biology-and-bioinformatics

      https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-fabio-luciani

      Please include a cover letter and CV that provide details about research interests, education, employment history (if any), skills.

      Post-graduate scholarships are available to support tuition and living expenses for domestic (Australian Postgraduate Award APA) http://research.unsw.edu.au/domestic-research-candidate-scholarships

      and overseas PhD students to study in Australia. More information on the postgraduate research scholarships is available at: http://research.unsw.edu.au/international-research-candidate-scholarships

      Also, we will encourage and support applications for prestigious Australian Government postgraduate scholarships, closing date is February 2015 for international (Semester 1 in 2015), and May for domestic (Semester 2 in 2015).

      Top-up scholarships are available in our group for $5-10K. Interested applicants should contact Dr Fabio Luciani:luciani@unsw.edu.au.

  • PhD Position: Mathematical Biology, Why host-immunity is sub-optimal
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 1 - January 6, 2015

      PhD opportunity to study: Why host-immunity is sub-optimal: an evolutionary game theory approach

      We are seeking applications from mathematicians and other graduates of quantitative disciplines for this PhD position in mathematical biology, jointly supervised by Christina Cobbold, School of Mathematics and Statistics, and Louise Matthews and Mike Stear from the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.

      This project will develop new mathematics in evolutionary game theory (adaptive dynamics) to tackle the evolution of host immune responses and improve the control of a livestock disease with major welfare and economic impacts. Game theory is the conceptual framework for examining the strategic interactions that underpin behaviours in diverse social, economic and biological systems: weapons arms races, pricing strategies among competing firms, contests between males seeking mates, and the uptake of vaccination. Game theory tells us, for example, that if vaccination is voluntary, some individuals will choose to 'free-ride' on the protection provided by others. Consequently there will be insufficient coverage to eradicate disease. Thus, individually optimal strategies do not necessarily produce the optimal outcome for the population.

      We propose a similar 'free-riding' mechanism for evolution of sub-optimal immune responses by livestock to parasite infection, with the consequence that selective breeding of resistant animals could be used to optimise livestock health. This also provides a mechanism to explain the extraordinary variation in immune responsiveness observed in natural infections. New mathematics will be developed to allow adaptive dynamics models to capture genetic as well as phenotypic variation between individuals. This project will offer an evolutionary mechanism for the genetic diversity in resistance to infection and use the results to develop selective breeding strategies for parasite control.

      The project will take place within the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health - http://www.gla.ac.uk/boydorr - which is an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional research grouping based in the University of Glasgow. Potential applicants are welcome to contact us directly at louise.matthews@glasgow.ac.uk and christina.cobbold@glasgow.ac.uk for further details.

      Louise Matthews - http://www.gla.ac.uk/boydorr/people/byname/louisematthews
      Christina Cobbold - http://www.maths.gla.ac.uk/~cc
      Mike Stear - http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/bahcm/staff/michaelstear/

      Application details

      Interested individuals should apply to the 4 year BBSRC DTP program advertised on "Find a PhD"
      http://www.findaphd.com/search/PhdDetails.aspx?CAID=816

  • PhD Position: Topological methods in data analysis, U Glasgow
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 52 - December 23, 2014

      A funded PhD position is available with Dr Liam Watson (Mathematics) and Dr Kathryn Elmer (Evolutionary Biology), in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Glasgow.

      As part of the Lord Kelvin Adam Smith scheme, a fully-funded 4 year interdisciplinary PhD project is available on Convergence, connectivity, and continuity - Topological perspectives for mining novel biological information from 'omics data.

      The project, housed in Mathematics, will interact closely with biology, exploring molecular evolutionary patterns through topological methods in data analysis. More information can be found via the following link:

      http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/postgraduateresearch/scholarships/kelvinsmith/shortlistedscholarshipprojects/#d.en.240419

      Applications should be sent before 31 January 2015, potential applicants are encouraged to contact Liam Watson (Liam.Watson@glasgow.ac.uk) and/or Kathryn Elmer (Kathryn.Elmer@glasgow.ac.uk) directly for more information.

  • PhD Fellowships: "la Caixa", Severo Ochoa 2015
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 51 - December 16, 2014

      PhD Fellowships "la Caixa" - Severo Ochoa 2015

      The 18 research centres accredited with the Severo Ochoa seal of excellence have convoked the third edition of the "La Caixa" - Severo Ochoa International PhD Fellowships Programme. In the framework of this initiative funded by "la Caixa" Foundation, BCAM - Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, as a Severo Ochoa Centre has opened an international call for researchers, offering three-positions for a PhD Fellowships in the center Research Areas: http://www.bcamath.org/en/research/lines

      Applications must be submitted on-line at: http://www.bcamath.org/en/research/job

      Deadline for submission: March 30th 2015

  • Graduate Positions: Mathematical Biology & Quantitative Ecology, USF
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 50 - December 9, 2014

      Graduate opportunities in Mathematical Biology and Quantitative Ecology with Leah Johnson, in the Department of Integrative Biology at USF.

      I am looking for one or more students (MS or PhD) interested in mathematical biology and quantitative ecology to join my lab beginning Fall 2015. Potential research areas include 1) the ecology of infectious diseases in humans, plants or animals, such as malaria or chytridiomycosis 2) modeling individual behavior and life history strategies and the implication of individual traits on population dynamics and persistence, including projects in dynamic energy budget theory and foraging theory as applied to Antarctic albatrosses.

      For more information on what I am looking for, and my research interests, see my website: http://leah.johnson-gramacy.com/prosp.html. To assess the overlap in our interests, and your competitiveness for admission to our program, please send a single document to lrjohnson(at)usf(dot)edu, containing: 1) A letter describing your background and research interests, particularly related to mathematical biology and quantitative ecology; why you are interested in working with me and in coming to the University of South Florida. 2) A CV, including: a list of relevant courses (math, stats, computing, and biology); GPA; GRE scores 3) Contact information (name, email, phone number) for three references. Full applications must be submitted through the university website by February 15, 2015, although only applications submitted by January 1, 2015 can be considered for teaching assistant positions.

  • PhD Positions: Computational Cardiovascular Science, Oxford University
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 50 - December 9, 2014

      The Computational Cardiovascular Science group within the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford does cutting edge research in Computational Medicine. It combines innovative and state of the art modelling, simulation, imaging and data analysis techniques to integrate and translate information from a range of experimental and clinical data in the context of Cardiovascular Medicine and Physiology. Our group is part of the BHF Centre of Research Excellence at Oxford and our research is funded by a number of funding agencies and pharmaceutical companies with additional research collaborations with regulatory agencies.

      We have access to a variety of funding mechanisms for PhD scholarships and we encourage those interested in doing a PhD with us to contact Patricia Benito at patricia.benito@cs.ox.ac.uk . See also http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ccs/home

  • Two PhD Positions: Computational & Systems Biology, U Edinburgh
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 50 - December 9, 2014

      Two PhD projects in Computational and Systems Biology are offered in Molina's lab (http://molinalab.bio.ed.ac.uk/):
      1) Towards a comprehensive biophysical model of gene regulation in dendritic cells: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/biology/postgraduate/pgr/phdproj?tags=6&cw_xml=projects_institute.php#NMolina_226

      2)A model-based Bayesian tool to analyse stochastic time series: NF-kB transcriptional regulation in single mammalian cells as a case study: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/biology/postgraduate/pgr/phdproj?tags=6&cw_xml=projects_institute.php#NMolina_324

  • PhD Positions: Applied Mathematics, EPN Quito
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 49 - December 2, 2014

      PhD Positions, Applied Mathematics, EPN Quito

      The Department of Mathematics and the Research Center on Mathematical Modeling (MODEMAT) invite applications for their PhD program in Applied Mathematics. The PhD positions are fully funded for 4 years, starting in March 2015.

      The research areas include: optimization and control, numerical analysis, scientific computing, operations research, mathematical image processing, bioinformatics and discrete mathematics.

      The academic staff of the program consists of five permanent faculty members, project researchers and a computer technician. The research activities will be carried out at the Research Center on Mathematical Modelling (MODEMAT), a multidisciplinary center that aims at developing new mathematical and computational techniques for solving problems arising in different application areas. We have priority access to the Ecuadorian National Scientific Computing Laboratory. We have close collaborations with leading mathematicians from many research institutions, including University of Cambridge, New York University, Technical University of Dortmund, Universidad T. F. Santa Maria, University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Rosario and University of Wuerzburg.

      We offer a lively research environment and a warm working atmosphere.

      Applications must include a full CV, an essay of 10 pages about a mathematical topic of interest and 2 recommendation letters. A master's degree in mathematics, computer science or a related area is mandatory. Applications should be sent to posgrados.matematica@epn.edu.ec. The deadline for funded applications is December 31, 2014. For further information, please visit: http://www.math.epn.edu.ec/doctorado

  • PhD Studentship: Modelling in Plant Disease Epidemics & Human Behaviour
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 49 - December 2, 2014

      Modelling the interplay between plant disease epidemics and human behaviour in managed plant communities

      There has been a vast increase in the number of invading exotic plant disease epidemics in recent times with significant impacts both for agriculture and natural plant communities. High profile examples include forest diseases such as ash dieback which have caused extensive ecological damage in the UK, and crop diseases such as the global stem-rust Ug99 epidemic which threatens to disrupt global wheat supplies. Models have been increasingly used to simulate epidemics and test disease control interventions. However, existing approaches have failed to address a key issue, the individual decisions made by land owners and how they impact disease spread and control. This fully-funded PhD project provides the opportunity to develop state-of-the-art epidemic models, coupled with models of opinion formation and risk perception, to develop a new generation of control strategies that account for human behaviour. The project will involve collaboration with epidemic modellers at the University of Cambridge and Rothamsted Research and will build on existing links with plant health regulatory bodies such as Defra, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to have a real impact on policy.

      Please direct informal enquires to Dr Stephen Parnell; s.r.parnell@salford.ac.uk

      More info on the opportunity: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/funded-phd-studentship/school-of-environment-and-life-sciences

      More info about studying at the University of Salford Manchester: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/why-study-at-salford

      Closing Date: All applications must be completed using our online application form and submitted by 2 February 2015.

  • PhD Position: Computational Bone Healing Mechanobiology
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 48 - November 25, 2014

      The Julius Wolff Institute, Charite - Universitatsmedizin Berlin, has an opening for a PhD position in the topic of Bone Healing Mechanobiology. The position is available for a period of three years. As a PhD student you will be associated to the Berlin-Brandenburg School of Regenerative Therapies (www.bsrt.de) and benefit from the interaction with international students. Starting date: as soon as possible.

      The successful candidate will perform research in mathematical or computer- based modeling of the bone healing process.

      Profile
      - A degree in Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science/Mathematical Biology or a related discipline
      - Knowledge of Finite Element Modelling will be advantageous
      - Experience in Programming is required (e.g. C/C++, Matlab)
      - High motivation and strong interest in research

      Apply
      Interested candidates should send a resume, a brief letter discussing future goals and fit for the position, and three references that could be contacted. Please email the application to: sara.checa@charite.de

  • PhD Position: Math Modeling & Simulation of Crowded Transport .., RICAM
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 48 - November 25, 2014

      PhD position (f/m) in the New Frontiers Group on 'Mathematical modeling and simulation of crowded transport in the life and social sciences'

      A new PhD position is available at the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM http://www.ricam.oeaw.ac.at/) within the New Frontiers Group on "Multi-scale modeling and simulation of crowded transport in the life and social sciences". The applicant will work with Dr. Marie-Therese Wolfram in the newly founded research group, which started in the beginning of 2014.

      The PhD project focuses on the development of mathematical models for ion transport in biological and synthetic pores and their efficient numerical simulation. The developed models and methods will serve as a basis to study parameter identification problems in ion channels and nanopores. We are a young research team, which focuses on various aspects of crowded transport such as mathematical modeling, analysis of partial differential equations and scientific computing. The PhD position offers excellent opportunities to work in a lively research environment and collaborate with international experts in the field of applied mathematics as well as bio-physics.

      We are looking for a talented and self-motivated individual with a solid background in mathematical modeling and partial differential equations. Knowledge in numerical analysis and scientific computing is desirable. An MSc degree in mathematics is mandatory.

      The position is available from February 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. It will be offered up to 3 years with a monthly gross salary of EUR 1996,9 (14 times per year). The weekly working time is 30 hours and includes five weeks of vacation.

      Applicants should provide the following information: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, record of their university course work and a PDF file of their master thesis. Interested candidates are invited to send their application in a single PDF file directly to mt.wolfram@ricam.oeaw.ac.at until December 19, 2014.

  • PhD Position: Stochastic Modelling of Biological & Biochemical Systems
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 47 - November 18, 2014

      PhD studentship: Development of novel approximation methods to study the stochastic dynamics of biological systems.

      Brief description:

      Stochastic biological dynamics is widespread in nature and occurs at a multitude of scales; for example intrinsic noise affects the time evolution of the concentrations in biochemical systems, whilst demographic noise plays an important role in the dynamics of a population of interacting organisms. Master equations [1] can be written down which describe the stochastic dynamics of such systems, however they can rarely be exactly solved. Thus the development of approximation methods is of paramount importance to uncover some of the information contained in these master equations.

      In this project the aim is to develop novel accurate approximations to the master equation. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the derivation of rigorous hybrid stochastic-deterministic descriptions, stochastic model reduction in the absence of time scale separation and approximations based on series expansions in relevant parameters. Some of these methods may be based on approximation methods that we have derived for biochemical systems in the past few years [2,3]. The new methods will be applied to model and yield insight into the dynamics of systems at various spatial scales e.g. complex biochemical systems in single cells, cell-cell interactions in a tissue and disease transmission in a population.

      References

      1. Grima R, Schnell S. 2008. Modelling reaction kinetics inside cells. Essays in Biochemistry. 45:41

      2. Thomas P, Straube AV, Grima R. 2012. The slow-scale linear noise approximation: an accurate, reduced stochastic description of biochemical networks under timescale separation conditions. BMC Systems Biology. 6:39

      3. Thomas P, Popovic N and Grima R. 2014. Phenotypic switching in gene regulatory networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111: 6994

      Requirements:

      The ideal candidate will have at least an upper second-class honours degree in Physics, Applied Mathematics or another quantitative discipline and a desire to apply his/her skills to understanding biological systems. The successful candidate will join the stochastic modelling group of Dr. Ramon Grima in the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology (SynthSys) at the University of Edinburgh http://grimagroup.bio.ed.ac.uk/index.html. The work will be done in close collaboration with experimental groups in Europe and the USA.

      To apply please follow steps 1, 2 AND 3 on the following link: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/biology/postgraduate/pgr/how-to-apply Applications are accepted until 5pm (GMT) on the 16th January 2015. The scholarship is open to UK, EU and international candidates.

      The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

  • PhD Positions: Infectious Disease Modeling, University of Notre Dame
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 47 - November 18, 2014

      Opportunities for PhD Studies in Infectious Disease Modeling at the University of Notre Dame

      The labs of Drs. Edwin Michael and Alex Perkins at the University of Notre Dame are currently seeking applicants for the PhD program in Biological Sciences. Both labs focus on mathematical modeling of infectious disease dynamics and control, with emphases on mosquito-borne pathogens that cause lymphatic filariasis (LF), malaria, dengue, and other tropical diseases. A wide range of mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches are taken in both labs to understand the basic biology of these systems and to inform policy in a quantitatively rigorous way. Recent work in Dr. Michael's Lab has focused on developing epidemiological computation methods for modeling of the transmission dynamics and control of the major tropical infectious diseases with a view to providing policy informatics to a range of national and international agencies and bodies, such as national governments, the Task Force for Global Health, The Gates Foundation, The Carter Center and WHO, working in developing evidence-based approaches to achieve the regional and global control of these diseases. Incoming students could work on a range of topics including within computational, dynamical systems, policy analysis, geographic information systems, vector ecology, climate change, evolution, and economic analysis, as a means towards developing more integrated frameworks for investigating the complex dynamics and behavior of these socially persistent systems, in order to identify novel governance approaches for achieving their sustained control. For more information, please visit http://biology.nd.edu/people/faculty/edwin-michael/

      Recent work in Dr. Perkins' lab has focused broadly on the role of human movement and other factors in driving heterogeneities in the transmission of dengue and malaria. Ongoing and future work will seek to more closely integrate recent theoretical advances with spatial and other data sets to inform the design and delivery of interventions, and to develop new methodologies for making inferences about transmission dynamics at a variety of scales. Incoming students would be welcome to play a role in these endeavors or to pursue related interests. For more information, please visit http://biology.nd.edu/people/faculty/alex-perkins/

      The University of Notre Dame fosters a strong research and graduate training environment in a number of areas, including global health (http://globalhealth.nd.edu) and mathematical biology (http://ow.ly/DE0ej). Opportunities available to PhD students include the use of modern core facilities in computing, genomics, imaging, and other areas, a dedicated, engaged, and diverse faculty, numerous opportunities for support of independent graduate research, and a generous stipend that allows for comfortable living in the affordable and pleasant area of South Bend. The University is situated approximately 1.5 hours from Chicago by car or train, and it maintains a strong and growing presence in numerous international locations.

      To apply, please follow the instructions at http://biology.nd.edu/graduate-program/. Review of applications will commence on December 1, and applications will continue to be received until January 5. Those interested in applying are encouraged to email Dr. Michael (Edwin.Michael.18@nd.edu) or Dr. Perkins (taperkins@nd.edu) with a CV and a statement of interest.

Postdoctoral positions

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  • Postdoc Position: Mathematical Systems Biology, Berlin, Germany
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 7 - February 18, 2015

      PostDoc (mathematical systems biology or related field): Berlin, Germany

      In the context of the collaborative research network "OVERLOAD-PrevOp:" Understanding and preventing the progression of primary osteoarthritis, we are looking for a highly motivated employee for sub-project SPP5. Integrative mathematical modelling of physiological-and molecular factors of osteoarthritis of the knee. The successful applicant will develop a comprehensive computer model of cartilage homeostasis that will help us to understand and to evaluate the onset and progression of osteoarthritis of the knee (OAK). The successful applicant will collaborate with experimental partners, analyse biochemical data sets and study the interrelation of putative mediators of OAK in the computer model. It is expected that the successful applicant will contribute to both theoretical and application- driven aspects of the project, publish the results in peer-reviewed journals and present them at international conferences.

      Salary&Terms:
      German paygrade TV-L E13 (approx. 47.000 p.a., depending on experience). The position will be a fixed-term contract for two years with the option to be extended by another two years.

      Requirements:
      - Major in bioinformatics/systems biology, mathematics, (bio-) physics or related field (natural sciences, engineering, computer sciences).
      - Expertise in mathematical modelling of biologic systems & solid understanding of the underlying numerics
      - Programming skills
      - Willingness to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation with practitioners from the biomedical sector
      - Very good communication skills in english

      Desirable Qualifications:
      - Expertise in the field of tissue regeneration and/or musculoskeletal diseases
      - Experience with the solution of partial differential equations

      The successful candidate will work in an inspiring and pleasant environment and will receive adequate professional support. We offer a challenging scientific task, a high degree of autonomy and state-of-the-art technical infrastructure. Please send your application under reference number 2015-PrevOp no later than 01.March.15 to: Freie Universitat Berlin, Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik, Max von Kleist (vkleist@zedat.fu-berlin.de), Arnimallee 6, 14195 Berlin, Germany.

  • Postdoc Position: Mathematical Modeling..., China Medical U, Taiwan
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 7 - February 18, 2015

      Postdoctoral Positions on Modeling and Analysis of Infectious Diseases in Taiwan

      Positions: 1-2 Postdoctoral fellow positions to work on mathematical modeling and analysis of infectious diseases epidemiology in China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.

      Background needed: Strong potential in Mathematics, Statistics, Ecology, Physics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or related modeling/computation degree. Prior experience in modeling of infectious disease epidemiology or ecology is preferred but not absolutely required.

      Salary: NT$55,000-75,000/month depending on qualification, plus 1.5 month bonus each year (1 US$ is about 31 NT$); full airfare reimbursement for foreign postdoc fellow and spouse, full health insurance coverage.

      Term: Positions are 1-3 years, subject to renewal of grant.

      Time: Starting anytime.

      Location: Department of Public Health, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan (Website: http://www.cmu.edu.tw or http://english.cmu.edu.tw/). Taichung is a city of 2 million in the central part of Taiwan, two hours south of Taipei. (See http://www.tccg.gov.tw/eng/index.htm)

      To apply: Send CV, statement of research interest, and 2-3 references to Prof. Ying-Hen Hsieh, email address: hsieh@mail.cmu.edu.tw. (Webpage: http://mail.cmu.edu.tw/~hsieh/)

      To receive full consideration, please send application as soon as possible.

  • Postdoc position: Computational Modelling..., Newcastle U, UK
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 7 - February 18, 2015

      Postdoc position in Computational Modelling for Psoriasis (School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK).

      A postdoc position is available at Newcastle University in the PSORT project (http://www.psort.org.uk/) under the supervision of Dr. Paolo Zuliani. PSORT is funded by a 5m GBP Medical Research Council (UK) grant, and is led by the University of Manchester, in collaboration with Newcastle University, King's College London, Queen Mary-University of London, University of Liverpool and University of Glasgow. We seek to better understand the determinants of response of psoriasis to biologic therapies, and we collaborate with our academic partners and industry to develop a clinical test to predict response and thereby rationalise and optimise patient care in a cost-effective manner. The main aim of this position is to build an agent-based computational model of psoriatic epidermis which will enable prediction of therapeutic efficacy. The work will involve significant interaction with the Dermatological and Skin Research Group, Institute of Cellular Medicine, led by Prof. Nick Reynolds.

      The position is for two years, full time, but other arrangements might be available. Applications deadline: 9 March 2015.

      For informal enquiries please contact directly Dr. Paolo Zuliani (paolo.zuliani@ncl.ac.uk) or Prof. Nick Reynolds(nick.reynolds@ncl.ac.uk).

      To apply visit: https://www15.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_newcastle02.asp?s=4A515F4E5A565B1A&jobid=56378,7276569814&key=88139735&c=616276832546&pagestamp=setelnjidgcpcdomau

  • Postdoc Position: Cancer Modeling, Moffitt Cancer Center, US
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 6 - February 11, 2015

      Post-doc position in Cancer modeling, Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, US.

      Applications are sought for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work under the supervision of Dr. Heiko Enderling on interdisciplinary cancer research projects, with emphasis on radiotherapy and immunotherapy (http://labpages.moffitt.org/enderlingh/).

      We seek a talented individual with a PhD and background in applied mathematics, physics or a computational discipline to work in the unique research environment of the Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) department at Moffitt Cancer Center on the University of South Florida campus. IMO integrates mathematicians, computer scientists, and physicists together with imaging specialists as well as clinical and experimental oncologists to develop novel approaches for the understanding, treatment and prevention of cancer.

      The successful candidate will have a desire to work closely with experimentalists and clinicians, and have experience in mathematical modeling of biological systems. Preference will be given to those with knowledge of developing ordinary differential equations for dynamic biological systems, and cancer in particular. The ideal candidate will have a history of demonstrated creativity, be highly motivated, and have good communication skills and experience in developing/ writing publications in quality peer reviewed scientific journals. Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to program (C/C++/Java/Matlab), visualize and analyze numerical/experimental data.

      Interested applicants should send an application letter, detailed CV with recent publications, and a statement of research interests directly to Heiko.Enderling@moffitt.org.

  • Postdoc Position: Bioimage Informatics, U of Warwick, UK
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 6 - February 11, 2015

      Post-doctoral Research Associate in Bioimage Informatics (Warwick Systems Biology Centre, University of Warwick, UK)

      There is an exciting opportunity for an image analysis specialist to work in my group (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/systemsbiology/staff/bretschneider) on the development of our QuimP software for quantifying cellular morphodynamics. The project is funded through the BBSRC Bioinformatics and Biological Resources Fund with the aim of enhancing and maintaining QuimP as a resource for the wider bioscience community. You will closely interact with end-users and industry.

      Please follow this link to the full job description, QuimP job advert (link at bottom in plain text), or e-mail Dr. Till Bretschneider at Till.Bretschneider@warwick.ac.uk directly for informal enquiries.

      https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?SID=amNvZGU9MTQ1MzU1NCZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT0xNDU3Jm93bmVyPTUwNjI0NTImb3duZXJ0eXBlPWZhaXImYnJhbmRfaWQ9MCZ2YWNfeHRyYTUwNjI0NTIuNTJfNTA2MjQ1Mj0yMzk5NzQmcG9zdGluZ19jb2RlPTYzNSZyZXFzaWc9MTQyMzA0MzIwNS04MGIzZDUzZDU1ZWRjNTY1YTQ2MjA3ZjY5NmQ2NTk4YTY5ZGM3ZDM1

  • Postdoc Position: Multiscale Biological Modeling, Newcastle U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 6 - February 11, 2015

      Job Details
      ESPRC Postdoctoral Researcher/Senior ESPRC Postdoctoral Researcher
      Ref: D1679R
      Faculty/Services: Science, Agriculture & Engineering
      Department: School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials
      Job Type: Research
      Hours of Work: Full time
      Salary: Grade F: 28,695 to 30,434 GBP (with potential progression to 37,394 GBP)
      Grade G: 38,511 GBP (with potential progression to 45,954 GBP)
      Closing Date: 26 February 2015

      A PhD scientist with proven experience in the development of multiscale biological models is required to join a large multi-disciplinary team of researchers on an ambitious research project.

      You will have experience of coupling individual-based (IB) modelling approaches with physical models of environmental processes in biological systems. Proven experience in programming IB models and validation in applied settings is expected.

      You should possess excellent writing skills and be able to demonstrate a good publication record. The ability to work well within a team is essential and you should be capable of working in an interdisciplinary environment, with microbiologists, engineers, statisticians and mathematicians. Experience in software engineering is desirable.

      This post will be based within the Large Scale Modelling Team of the NUFEB project at Newcastle University and is available for 3 Years.

      Two posts are available: https://www15.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_newcastle02.asp?s=4A515F4E5A565B1A&jobid=56252,2387488351&key=87945931&c=478954566914&pagestamp=seflrmgqnzuqpsvymy

  • Postdoc Position: Plant Disease..., U of Salford Manchester UK
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 6 - February 11, 2015

      The University of Salford Manchester seeks a suitably qualified ecologist, epidemiologist or mathematical modeller for a new position developing simulation models for the spread of plant disease epidemics.

      The project will develop epidemic spread models and methods to provide advice on surveillance and control of invasive plants.

      The project will draw on available data covering a range of applications, both nationally and internationally, including citrus diseases, such as citrus greening and canker that currently threaten the continuation of citrus production in Florida and Brazil, and tree pathogens, such as ash dieback and acute oak decline that are a grave threat to the health of UK forests.

      The post will be located in the School of Environment and Life Sciences. The School covers a range of academic disciplines across all areas of biology, environmental science, health, geography and wildlife conservation, and is supported by recently-refurbished laboratories and well-equipped field sites. The School, with offices hosted in the iconic 19th century Peel Building, has more than 50 academic staff, organised into two main Research Centres; Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) and the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

      For this post, the research areas in the School provide a unique opportunity to synergise existing expertise in spatial/environmental data and epidemiology to develop state of the art epidemic models.

      Informal enquiries about this post can be directed at Dr Stephen Parnell (s.r.parnell@salford.ac.uk).

      The post is fixed-term and initially available until 31st May 2016 and will be appointed at Grade 7 with a starting salary normally in the region of 31,342-37,394 GBP. Deadline for applications is 4th March 2015.

      For more information and to apply for this vacancy please visit: http://www.jobs.salford.ac.uk

  • Postdoc Position: Computational Physiology and..., Switzerland
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 5 - February 4, 2015

      Post Doc in Computational Physiology and Biostatistics: 60-80% negotiable

      The Clinical Morphology and Biomedical Engineering section of the Medical Faculty at the University of Basel, together with the University Children's Hospital of Basel, are offering a Post Doc position within the Computational Physiology and Biostatistics Group, led by Dr. Edgar Delgado-Eckert.

      One of the main current research activities of this group is the analysis of time series of physiological signals, such as cardiac activity, body temperature, movement patterns, and several lung function parameters. The mathematical and statistical analysis of these time series is aimed at developing new quantitative approaches of clinical, diagnostic, and/or prognostic value, as well as conducting epidemiological studies within different cohorts.

      The mathematical and computational methodology used for the analysis of these time series comprises techniques borrowed from nonlinear dynamics, such as the largest Lyapunov exponent, and from statistics and information theory, including sample entropy, and long range correlations revealed by detrended fluctuation analysis.

      Job Description

      The candidate is expected to actively participate in some of the ongoing projects, by contributing their own ideas, applying their expertise, mentoring master and PhD students involved in the projects, and implementing algorithms on the computational platforms we use (mainly Matlab and R). In addition, the candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own projects in coordination with the rest of the group.

      Profile requirements

      - PhD degree in Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Bioengineering, Computational Systems Biology or a closely related field.
      - Evidence of the ability to independently conduct scientific research in the areas of Computational Physiology or Biology, Biomathematics, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics or a closely related field is expected, in the form of peer-reviewed scientific publications in which the candidate appears as the first author. Submitted but not yet accepted manuscripts do count.
      - Good programming skills and some experience with the environments Matlab and R
      - Of advantage is basic knowledge in human physiology, particularly cardiac and respiratory function.

      Applications should include a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference. The applicant should be aware that referees may be contacted. Please send application documents by email (with "computational physiology" in the subject line) to edgar.delgado-eckert@ukbb.ch or via postal services to:

      Dr. Edgar Delgado-Eckert
      Studienzentrum Pneumologie
      Universitatskinderspital beider Basel (UKBB)
      Spitalstrasse 33
      Postfach
      4031 Basel
      Switzerland.

      Dr. Edgar Delgado-Eckert's research group website: http://www.ukbb.ch/en/research/research-groups/pneumology/computational-physiology-and-biostatistics.html

  • Postdoc Position: systems biology, biophysics, U of Edinburgh
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 4 - January 28, 2015

      A postdoctoral position is available in Molina's group at the University of Edinburgh to investigate the dynamics of transcription factors in a fractal chromatin structure. The successful candidate will develop a mathematical model of TF diffusion that will be used to analyse available experimental data. The position is for 24 months starting March 2015.

      Apply:
      https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=032392

      MolinaLab:
      http://molinalab.bio.ed.ac.uk/

  • Postdoc Position: Applied Mathematics, U of Waterloo
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 4 - January 28, 2015

      Department of Applied Mathematics
      Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Mathematics

      Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2015. This is a one-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for another year.

      In addition to engaging in research close collaboration with a faculty member or members in the department, the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching two, one-term courses. Candidates should indicate in their cover letter the name(s) of faculty member(s) they propose to work with. Selection will be based on the candidate's research potential, availability of a supervisor, fit with a research area in the department and teaching ability. All interested recent PhDs are encouraged to apply.

      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/.

      Application for this fellowship is through the website http://www.mathjobs.org/ Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a one-page research statement to www.MathJobs.org. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation, with at least one letter addressing the candidate's teaching abilities, to be submitted through http://www.mathjobs.org/ website.

      The application deadline is March 15, 2015.

      We appreciate all replies to this advertisement, but only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

      The University of Waterloo is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.

      This position is contingent upon funding.

  • Postdoc Position: Computational Cell Cycle, U of Oxford
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 4 - January 28, 2015

      Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford
      Postdoctoral Research Associate for Computational Cell Cycle Research

      We are looking for a computational Postdoctoral Research Associate to join an interdisciplinary project - "Systems-level characterization of mammalian cell cycle transitions". The goal of the project is to understand the dynamic characteristics of the major cell cycle transitions (G1/S, G2/M, meta/anaphase and mitotic exit) in untransformed human cells by combining mathematical modelling with state of the art live cell imaging and biochemical techniques. This work is supported by a new BBSRC Strategic LoLa award to Bela Novak and Francis Barr (both in Biochemistry, Oxford), Ulrike Gruneberg (Dunn School, Oxford), and Chris Bakal (ICR, London) and Helfrid Hochegger (U. Sussex). We are looking for a highly motivated cell cycle modeller who will be based in Novak's group and will play a central role in the project by interacting with all the experimental groups involved.

      Applicants should possess a PhD in a relevant area, and be familiar with mathematical modelling of biological regulatory networks. The post is funded by BBSRC for 36 months in the first instance.

      Interested candidates should contact Prof Bela Novak (bela.novak@bioch.ox.ac.uk) with their CV.

  • Intramural NIGMS Postdoc Research Associate (PRAT) Program
  • Postdoc Position: Bioengineering, U of Padua, Italy
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 3 - January 21, 2015

      A postdoc position in the Bioengineering group at the University of Padua is available.

      The postdoctoral fellow will work on modeling of glucose-sensing endocrine cells (e.g. insulin-secreting pancreatic beta-cells, glucagon-secreting pancreatic alpha-cells, GLP-1 secreting intestinal L-cells). Depending on the experience and interest of the fellow, the research project can focus on electrical activity, calcium dynamics and exocytosis, G-protein activated signalling cascades, multi-scale modeling, etc., by using computational and theoretical analysis of existing and new models.

      For further information and to express interest please contact Dr. Morten Gram Pedersen (pedersen@dei.unipd.it – http://www.dei.unipd.it/~pedersen/)

  • Postdoc Position: Machine learning..., iSSB, France
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 3 - January 21, 2015

      The institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology (iSSB) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral position in the field of machine learning for systems biology.

      We invite applications from researchers who hold (or are very close to completion) a PhD in machine learning, active learning, computational system biology or a related field.

      The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of computational and molecular biologists (http://www.issb.genopole.fr/Research/teams/mega), working on an exciting ICST European project: AdaLab (Adaptive Automated Scientific Laboratory: http://www.chistera.eu/projects/adalab ) funded by CHIST-ERA. She/He will be responsible for developing machine-learning algorithms for network inference and experimental design, and for building a knowledge base about the yeast diauxic shift to be used in the Robot Scientist platform (Prof. Ross King).

      The successful candidate will be offered an initial contract for 24 months with possible extension for an additional 12 months depending on performance.

      The iSSB is part of Genopole, the premier French BioPark of leading research academic and private laboratories in biotechnology, genomics, post-genomics and related sciences. It is located in Evry (Paris region).

      Applicants should send a full CV, the contact details of three referees, and a cover letter to Dr. Mohamed Elati (http://www.issb.genopole.fr/~elati/) at mohamed.elati@issb.genopole.fr

  • Research Fellow: University of Exeter
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 2 - January 14, 2015

      The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter brings together three complementary specialisms to deliver excellence in both teaching and research. Scientists within the College are active in internationally recognised research across the disciplines playing a pivotal role in all five key interdisciplinary research themes within the University's Science Strategy: climate change and sustainable futures, extrasolar planets, functional materials, systems biology and translational medicine.

      Supported by over 3M GBP in research funding from sources including EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, the Wellcome Trust and the EU, the Systems Biomedicine group is one of the most rapidly expanding groups within the Discipline of Mathematics and Computer Science.

      A vibrant and exciting venue for the pursuit of mathematical and computational approaches to study problems in biology and medicine, we are continuing to add to our team. We are currently seeking to appoint three new research fellows. One in the area of mathematical neuroscience, one in mathematical neuroendocrinology and one in more general systems biology.

      Full details are available here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/enhanced/linking/university-of-exeter/

  • Postdoc Position: Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 2 - January 14, 2015

      Job title: Harvard Medical School - Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at the Center for Biomedical Informatics

      Summary:

      Imagine a dynamic dataset that encompasses comprehensive information about a patient in the health care system: what diseases they have, their genomic sequence, their social media messages (e.g, tweets and likes), and where they live. How would you - a data hacker - store, retrieve, and analyze this information to drive biomedical discovery to find a new way of predicting disease or even a new therapy for a disease? The Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI, https://cbmi.med.harvard.edu ) at Harvard Medical School and the group of Chirag J Patel (http://www.chiragjpgroup.org ) is looking for a data engineer to build cutting edge platforms and data infrastructure to enable large-scale data-driven research to address this question. We aim to integrate diverse data sources from geotemporal information (e.g., HealthMaps.org and EPA AirData), individual genomic sequence, social media data, and health claims information to paint a comprehensive picture of individuals who are sick and healthy.

      Responsibilities:

      The Research Associate will be responsible for data harmonization and developing APIs to enable integration across diverse data modalities. The Research Associate will implement scalable statistical machine learning algorithms for prediction and discovery of clinical, genetic, and environmental factors related to disease.

      The diversity of subject matter will require a creative mind and a candidate capable of deploying imaginative strategies and who is dedicated to solving complex and challenging problems within an interdisciplinary environment.

      Requirements:

      Candidates must have a PhD in computer science, mathematics, physics, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, computer science, or a related quantitative field.

      Preferences:

      Preferred requirements for this position include experience designing large software applications and infrastructure to store, retrieve, and analyze large datasets. Industry experience with R, Python, SQL (Oracle), JavaScript is preferred. Experience in hacking with cloud technologies (e.g., Amazon, Hadoop) is a big plus and preferred.

      Terms:

      The position is available immediately and can be renewed annually.

      How to apply:

      Email applications including curriculum vitae, summary statement of personal objectives the names and email addresses of 2-3 references to Chirag Patel (chirag_patel@hms.harvard.edu).

      Harvard Medical School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

      Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Postdoc Position: Infectious Disease Modeling, Johns Hopkins
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 1 - January 6, 2015

      Postdoctoral Position in Spatial Statistics and Dengue Transmission

      Our group in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is looking for a post-doctoral fellow to work on projects related to spatial statistics and understanding Dengue transmission in Thailand. The ideal applicant will be highly quantitative with experience in epidemiology, statistics, ecology and/or infectious disease modeling. Applicants with, or nearing completion of, a doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related quantitative field (e.g., computer science, ecology) will be considered.

      The successful applicant will work with Dr. Justin Lessler, Dr. Derek Cummings and colleagues on a project funded by the National Institutes of Health that aims to develop and extend statistical and modeling methodologies to analyze data across spatial scales (from point pattern data to national statistics), forecast future dengue incidence, and better understand the transmission dynamics of Dengue in Thailand. You would be joining a highly collaborative group who work on projects ranging from empirical data collection to theoretical modeling of disease dynamics, and there will be ample opportunities to work on cross cutting projects focused on issues in infectious disease transmission and control. Depending on an applicant's exact interests and skill sets, some of the time on this project may be spent working on location in Thailand.

      Interested candidates should contact Justin Lessler (justin@jhu.edu) with a CV, statement of interest, and references. Interested individuals apply by February 15, 2015.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Systems Biology, Imperial College London
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 1 - January 6, 2015

      Dear all,
      We have a postdoctoral position available to study stochastic gene expression in fission yeast. This is joint between group of Vahid Shahrezaei (Mathematics, Imperial College) and group of Samuel Marguerat (MRC CSC). We are ideally looking for someone with experience in both experiment and modelling, however, exceptional candidates with pure theoretical or experimental backgrounds will be also considered. Here is the ad with more details:

      https://www4.ad.ic.ac.uk/OA_HTML/OA.jsp?page=/oracle/apps/irc/candidateSelfService/webui/VisVacDispPG&akRegionApplicationId=821&transactionid=473201050&retainAM=Y&addBreadCrumb=S&p_svid=45221&p_spid=1704230&oapc=14&oas=m-BYvif_r-kJRiUsEXdICw

      Best regards,
      Vahid Shahrezaei

  • Two Postdoctoral Fellowships: David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 1 - January 6, 2015

      We invite applications for two 3-year postdoctoral research fellowships in Professor Blower's research group in the Biomedical Modeling Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The positions focus on Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases in Africa. Both projects will involve computational and mathematical modeling, as well as statistical analyses of very rich detailed databases. The salary is $53,000 plus fringe benefits. Starting date is negotiable. Applicants must have a doctorate in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, Biostatistics, Mathematical Biology, Theoretical Ecology, Spatial Ecology/Epidemiology, Health Geographics or a closely related field. We are particularly interested in applicants with extensive experience in spatial statistics and analysis of georeferenced data, as well as individuals with expertise in optimization. Please visit www.semel.ucla.edu/biomedicalmodeling for more information about our research group, where we work (Los Angeles - where you can't beat the weather, movie openings and beaches) and pdfs of our recent publications.

      If you are interested in either of these positions please contact Professor Sally Blower at sally.blower@gmail.com Applicants should send a cover letter, a detailed CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names (and email addresses) of three references. The cover letter should also include the possible starting date.

      Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the posts have been filled.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate: CBMI, Harvard Medical School
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 52 - December 23, 2014

      Job title: Harvard Medical School - Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at the Center for Biomedical Informatics

      Summary:

      Imagine a dynamic dataset that encompasses comprehensive information about a patient in the health care system: what diseases they have, their genomic sequence, their social media messages (e.g, tweets and likes), and where they live. How would you -a data hacker- store, retrieve, and analyze this information to drive biomedical discovery to find a new way of predicting disease or even a new therapy for a disease? The Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI, https://cbmi.med.harvard.edu) at Harvard Medical School is looking for a data engineer to build cutting edge platforms and data infrastructure to enable large-scale data-driven research to address this question. We aim to integrate diverse data sources from geotemporal information (e.g., HealthMaps.org and EPA AirData), individual genomic sequence, social media data, and health claims information to paint a comprehensive picture of individuals who are sick and healthy.

      Responsibilities:

      The Research Associate will be responsible for data harmonization and developing APIs to enable integration across diverse data modalities. The Research Associate will implement scalable statistical machine learning algorithms for prediction and discovery of clinical, genetic, and environmental factors related to disease.

      The diversity of subject matter will require a creative mind and a candidate capable of deploying imaginative strategies and who is dedicated to solving complex and challenging problems within an interdisciplinary environment.

      Requirements:

      Candidates must have a PhD in computer science, mathematics, physics, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, computer science, or a related quantitative field.

      Preferences:

      Preferred requirements for this position include experience designing large software applications and infrastructure to store, retrieve, and analyze large datasets. Industry experience with R, Python, SQL (Oracle), JavaScript is preferred. Experience in hacking with cloud technologies (e.g., Amazon, Hadoop) is a big plus and preferred.

      Terms:

      The position is available immediately and can be renewed annually.

      How to apply:

      Email applications including curriculum vitae, summary statement of personal objectives the names and email addresses of 2-3 references to Chirag Patel (chirag_patel@hms.harvard.edu).

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

  • Postdoc Opportunity: Theoretical Ecology, RMIT University, Melbourne
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 52 - December 23, 2014

      We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work on a project that deals with ecological modelling. The project will continue for two-years with a possible extension depending on funding availability. The applicant should have a good mathematics/statistics background as well as a strong interest in ecology/biology.

      The cooperative project is being run at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia led by PI's Lewi Stone, Ascelin Gordon, Yan Wang External Principal Investigators: David Dowe, Monash University Robert Dorazio USGS, Andy Solow Woods Hole

      Project Summary:
      Identifying how species are distributed over the landscape, interact and self-organize into foodwebs are central goals in Ecology. This project will provide innovative new modelling tools to improve our understanding of species distributions and their foodweb networks. Broadly speaking, the successful candidate together with the PI's will be developing a general framework for extending species distribution models to deal with multiple species, incorporating both their interactions as well as surveillance errors in detection. Secondly, the candidate will develop modern network approaches for analysing foodwebs. This is a loose guideline; there are also possibilities for pursuing work on related research topics.

      Applicants should send CV's plus the names of three potential referees to Prof. Lewi Stone lewistone2@gmail.com preferably before January 31, 2014. Enquiries are welcome.

  • Postdoc Position: Cancer Immunology Modeling, Moffitt Cancer Center
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 51 - December 16, 2014

      Post-doc position in Cancer Immunology modeling, Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, US

      Applications are sought for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work under the supervision of Dr. Heiko Enderling on interdisciplinary research projects in cancer immunology, with emphasis on radiotherapy and immunotherapy (http://labpages.moffitt.org/enderlingh/).

      We seek a talented individual with a PhD and background in applied mathematics, physics or a computational discipline to work in the unique research environment of the Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) department at Moffitt Cancer Center on the University of South Florida campus. IMO integrates mathematicians, computer scientists, and physicists together with imaging specialists as well as clinical and experimental oncologists to develop novel approaches for the understanding, treatment and prevention of cancer.

      The successful candidate will have a desire to work closely with experimentalists and clinicians, and have experience in mathematical modeling of biological systems. Preference will be given to those with knowledge of immunology and/or cancer. The ideal candidate will have a history of demonstrated creativity, be highly motivated, and have good communication skills and experience in developing/ writing publications in quality peer reviewed scientific journals. Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to program (C/C++/Java/Matlab), visualize and analyze numerical/experimental data.

      Interested applicants should send an application letter, detailed CV with recent publications, and a statement of research interests directly to Heiko.Enderling@moffitt.org.

  • Postdoc Positions: Computational Biology, ACMS, U Notre Dame
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 51 - December 16, 2014

      Two Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Computational Biology We invite applications for two NIH and NSF funded postdoctoral research positions in the computational biology group in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS), University of Notre Dame.

      The goal of the first project is to develop at Notre Dame novel, multi-scale computational models to study blood clot formation to be calibrated using specific experiments to be performed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

      The second project will combine new biophysical methods, live imaging, and advanced organ culture techniques with computer simulations to investigate intercellular signaling in intact epithelial organs within a controlled microenvironment. Success in this project will lead to a better understanding of how exogenous factors impact the endogenous regulation of organ growth and differentiation.

      Priority will be given to candidates with research interests and experience in biological modeling and parallel implementation of computational models. Additional experience with image processing is a plus. Successful applicants will be detail oriented, eager to learn new techniques, and enthusiastic about biological questions that are tackled within a multidisciplinary team environment. Positions are for 1 year with possible extension to up to two additional years.

      The salary is competitive. Applications, including curriculum vitae and research statement, should be sent electronically to Dr. Mark Alber at: malber@nd.edu. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. The evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • Postdoc Positions: Math Modeling & Comp Systems Biology, UCONN
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 50 - December 9, 2014

      POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS IN MATHEMATICAL MODELING AND COMPUTATIONAL SYSTEMS BIOLOGY

      UConn Health is engaged in a major expansion of its research programs in computational biology, bioinformatics, and systems biology, as part of several transformative state initiatives. The Bioscience Connecticut initiative, totaling approximately $1 billion, includes the establishment of the new Center for Quantitative Medicine in 2013.

      The Center for Quantitative Medicine is recruiting several postdoctoral fellows to pursue research in bioinformatics and computational systems biology with a particular focus on algorithm development and computational modeling of cellular processes, as well as applications of quantitative methods to biomedicine.

      Positions are available in the Laubenbacher and Vera-Licona research groups. The Laubenbacher group has ongoing projects in the development and implementation of algorithms related to modeling and simulation, with applications to cancer and infectious diseases related to iron metabolism. A particular focus is on immunological aspects of these and other diseases. Vera-Licona works on algorithm and software development for the modeling and simulation of biological systems. She is looking for a postdoc to work on the development of computational tools in Cytoscape for the identification of cascading failures and in silico combination therapies in complex biological networks. There are collaborative activities between the three research groups.

      The successful candidates will be expected to pursue research in the areas described above, with activities including interacting with experimental collaborators, setting up models, data analysis workflows, and other computational procedures, writing up and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals, presenting results at conferences and helping with developing new projects. The successful candidates will be individuals with background in mathematics, computer science, or physics with some knowledge of biology, or biologists with experience in developing computational/mathematical models. All of these positions will be pursuing interdisciplinary work at the boundaries of these disciplines.

      To apply, please send your CV, a brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Kathy Black at kblack@uchc.edu.

      Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/M/PwD/PV)

  • Postdoc: Mathematical Biology, Oregon State University
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 49 - December 2, 2014

      The Oregon State University Department of Mathematics invites candidates to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in Mathematical Biology, beginning the fall term of 2015 (the starting date is negotiable). This will be a fixed term annual appointment with the possibility of a 1-year extension, depending on performance.

      The Postdoctoral scholar will work with Dr. Patrick De Leenheer, but is encouraged to find other collaborators on campus to foster interdisciplinary research. Candidates with expertise in ecology, population biology, biochemical reactions, bioreactors, systems biology, within-host virus models, and social networks are particularly encouraged to apply, although applicants with other backgrounds in mathematical biology will receive full consideration.

      Requirements are: 1. PhD in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or a related field, 2. Strong analytical skills in ODEs, PDEs, discrete dynamics or dynamical systems, 3. Highly motivated to pursue interdisciplinary research. Applicants must submit the following: 1. American Mathematical Society cover sheet 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. One page statement explaining research interests and research plans 4. Copies of up to 3 selected publications or manuscripts 5. At least 3 letters of reference.

      For full consideration all application materials must be submitted via mathjobs.org and received by January 15, 2015 when screening begins. Screening will continue until the position has been filled. OSU is an AA/EOE and actively seeks diversity among its employees and encourages applications from women and minorities.

  • Postdocs: Discrete Mathematical Biology, Georgia Tech
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 49 - December 2, 2014

      Thanks to funding from the NSF MCTP program, the Georgia Tech School of Mathematics has *three* postdoctoral positions available in discrete mathematical biology starting Fall 2015.

      Please note that we are interpreting 'discrete mathematics' very broadly to include applied algebraic geometry, topological data analysis, etc.

      One important caveat is that NSF requires that successful candidates be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

      Apply by Dec 15, 2014, for full consideration.

      Please see the mathjobs posting for other details: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/6580

      A flyer is available at: http://www.math.gatech.edu/system/files/impact-flyer14.pdf

  • Postdoc Positions: Infectious Disease Modeling, NCSU
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 48 - November 25, 2014

      I am moving my lab from University of Tennessee to North Carolina State University in January 2015. I am looking for two postdoctoral associates on infectious disease modeling.

      Two postdoctoral associate positions on infectious disease modeling are available in Cristina Lanzas' group (Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University). Applicants with a background in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and/or population biology are highly encouraged to apply. Our research combines data, epidemiological analysis and mathematical models to study transmission and disease control and it is currently supported by NIH and USDA.

      The research focus will be the transmission and control of infectious diseases caused by enteric pathogens (specifically Clostridium difficile, Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli, and Salmonella), the use of mathematical modeling to study the antimicrobial resistance dissemination at multiple scales, and the effect of intestinal microbial disruption by treatments such as antibiotics on host susceptibility and pathogen transmission. A number of potential research projects are available and so the research focus may be tailored to the interests and skills of the individual.

      Necessary Education, Experience Skills, Training and Education: The postdoctoral associates shall have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant quantitative discipline (ecology, epidemiology, engineering, applied mathematics, statistics and related fields) and have a deep interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, strong quantitative skills and good oral and writing skills are expected. The applicants must have experience in R and/or MATLAB. Experience developing and implementing agent-based models and/or multi-scale models is desirable.

      The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal for two or more years subject to satisfactory progress and mutual agreement. The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the individuals. Review of applications will begin December 1st 2014 and will continue until suitable candidates are identified. Starting date can be as early as January 2015.

      To apply for the position please follow the link: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/45084

      Applicant material includes a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references.

      If you have questions specific to the positions please contact me at clanzas@ncsu.edu

  • Research Associate: Malaria Epidemiology, Pretoria
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 48 - November 25, 2014

      Hi, please find below a job opportunity on malaria epidemiology. Please contact Deepa Pindolia dpindolia@gmail.com for more information. Thanks, Denis

      https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/5128/research-associate%2c-malaria/job

  • Postdoc: Forecasting Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 47 - November 18, 2014

      Postdoctoral opportunity: Forecasting emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

      Applications are being accepted for three postdoctoral associates to join a multi-institutional study (University of Georgia, University of Michigan, Penn State University) of the dynamics of emerging and re-emerging childhood infections (http://daphnia.ecology.uga.edu/midas).

      The overarching goal of this project is to identify statistical patterns that may serve as early warning signals of emergence. Sub-projects include developing new epidemiological theory, case studies, statistical methods and algorithms, and software. Interested applicants should consult the website for more details.

      Qualified applicants will have a PhD in ecology, epidemiology, biostatistics, statistical physics, computational statistics or related quantitative discipline.

      Successful applicants may be based either at the University of Georgia with Drs John Drake and Andrew Park, or the University of Michigan with Dr Pej Rohani. To apply, send CV and covering letter to jdrake@uga.edu. The letter should include a description of research interests, contact information for three references, and any preferences for location of employment. Also describe any relevant skills and prior research experiences. Review of applications will begin on 1 December 2014 and continue until all positions are filled.

  • Postdoc: Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, Barcelona
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 47 - November 18, 2014

      Post Doctoral Researcher in Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (UDIC).

      LOCATION
      IC3 Headquarters in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

      See: http://www.ic3.cat/detail_offer.php?menu=184&offer=116

  • Postdoc: Spatial Modeling and Bacterial Genetics, Emory & Georgia Tech
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 47 - November 18, 2014

      Postdoc Search in Spatial Modeling and Bacterial Genetics

      We are recruiting for a unique multi-year, multi-disciplinary Postdoc. The ideal candidate will combine spatial population modeling, numerical PDE, and experimental bacterial genetics to help develop, and experimentally evaluate, a general mathematical theory of the pharmacodynamics of antibiotics and bacteria, and the population and evolutionary dynamics of antibiotic-exposed bacteria, in physically structured habitats. The motivation is to improve the efficacy of antibiotic treatment and to minimize the rates of emergence, ascent, and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

      Almost all current models use ODEs and assume that bacteria live in well-mixed liquid culture. However, in much of the real world, this assumption is false: bacteria are maintained and evolve as colonies in semi-solids or surfaces or as clusters of cells suspended in biofilms. This reality of a physically structured habitat is particularly critical for the treatment of surface-associated infections, like endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and those associated with prosthetic heart valves and joints.

      The Postdoc will be dual mentored by Bruce Levin (Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Department of Biology, Emory University) and Howie Weiss (Professor, School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech and Adjunct Professor, Departments of Biology and Global Health, Emory University). The Postdoc with be taught how to perform experiments with bacteria and will spend a significant portion of his/her time performing experiments in Bruce Levin's lab (Emory and Georgia Tech are located about 6 miles apart). No microbiology background is required, but the candidate will be expected to immerse him/herself into the underlying biology. The start date is flexible.

      As an example of the joint theoretical and experimental study we envision, we refer the perspective applicant to our manuscript: PNAS, 108(10):4047-4052, 2011, including the supporting materials containing the numerical scheme and error estimates. In this work we used PDE modeling to explore the conditions under which natural selection will favor random motility and the evolution of chemotaxis in bacteria.

      Requirements for the position include: (1) PhD in Mathematics, (2) knowledge of numerical PDEs, (3) mathematical modeling experience, and (4) superior oral and written communication skills. Applications should be submitted through MathJobs.Org. To apply, please send a curriculum vita, 3-5 letters of recommendation, a two-page research summary (written for a general audience), and a two-page statement of the strengths that you will bring to this project. The latter is essential. Highly qualified candidates from groups underrepresented in the mathematical sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.
      Georgia Tech, an institution of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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  • Faculty Position: Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, U of Canterbury
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 7 - February 18, 2015

      Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, School of Mathematics and Statistics

      Continuing (tenured), and full-time.

      Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a continuing position at the level of Lecturer (comparable to Assistant Professor in the US system) in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. In this position, you will contribute to the vibrancy of the School's research culture and will be expected to undertake a range of teaching responsibilities, principally in mathematics and engineering mathematics, from beginning undergraduate to supervising research students. The successful applicant will have a strong research record in a numerical or computational area of mathematics that complements the School's existing research profile.

      You should have a Ph.D. in Mathematics or another highly quantitative discipline, or have an equivalent qualification.

      The School of Mathematics and Statistics is a strong, forward-looking School, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research. For more about the School, please visit: http://www.math.canterbury.ac.nz/

      The successful applicant should be able to take up the position by 1 September 2015.

      The closing date for this position is: 16 March 2015 (NZ time)

      For information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

      Applications are submitted online and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae with research publication details, a one-page statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact details of three referees.

      Should you wish to email any additional attachments or have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to the HR/Recruitment Coordinator, Rochelle Golby, rochelle.golby@canterbury.ac.nz

      Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting the Head of School, Professor Jennifer Brown, jennifer.brown@canterbury.ac.nz

      Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service: https://ucpeople.canterbury.ac.nz

  • Selected NIH Intramural Research plus other Openings, Feb. 2015
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 5 - February 4, 2015

      Tenure-Track Epidemiologists, NIEHS (deadline: March 9)

      The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is recruiting for one or more tenure-track epidemiologists. Successful candidate(s) will be expected to develop an outstanding, investigator-initiated research program in any of the following areas: reproduction, pregnancy outcomes, pediatrics, early origins of disease, life-course epidemiology, adult health/chronic disease, or other areas of environmental epidemiology. Biologically-based epidemiological research (including genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics, microbiomics, and biomarkers) and primary data collection are encouraged. Successful candidates should plan to work both independently and as part of multi-disciplinary or collaborative teams. The Branch provides an academic atmosphere with excellent support. Funds are available for research and support staff, including fellows, programmers, and field workers. The Branch has several large, ongoing cohort studies with biological samples that can serve as platforms for additional research. There are opportunities for adjunct appointments at nearby universities and for mentoring pre- and post-doctoral fellows. Position(s) will be filled at the tenure-track level. Time to tenure will vary depending upon research accomplishments; an accelerated timetable is possible for more established exceptional candidates. Salary is "hard money" and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the candidate. Federal benefits apply. Information on the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch can be found at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/epi.

      Candidates should have a doctoral degree and a record of accomplishment in epidemiology, including a strong publication record and research experience. Applications from women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged. Interested persons should submit one combined PDF of their curriculum vitae and a two-page statement of research interests and goals, and also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to Ms. Katherine Fine atdir-appls@niehs.nih.gov citing your name and Vacancy Announcement DIR 15-1 in the subject line. We will begin evaluating complete applications on March 9, 2015. Applications will continue to be accepted until vacancies are filled.

      The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

      Deputy Director
      Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, NCI
      (deadline: March 20)

      The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recruiting an accomplished, senior scientist to serve as Deputy Director in the Office of the Director, DCEG. DCEG's epidemiologists, geneticists, and biostatisticians conduct population and multidisciplinary research to discover the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer and new approaches to cancer prevention. The Division's research has an impact on public health policy in the United States and around the world.

      The Deputy Director will be a senior investigator with resources to lead an internationally recognized scientific research program. The Deputy Director will also play a key role in identifying new research opportunities and directions for the Division, provide technical/scientific advice, and assist the Division Director in making decisions concerning the initiation, expansion, integration, or termination of programs based on research goals, available resources, program evaluations, and emerging scientific opportunities. The Deputy Director will serve as liaison to NCI and NIH standing committees, and represent the Division to other agencies and outside organizations in order to coordinate activities, enhance communication, and develop new initiatives and infrastructure.

      The successful candidate must be a senior scientist who holds either a medical degree or a doctoral degree in epidemiology, genetics, genomics, or related fields, and who has had substantial relevant experience and responsibility for managing and directing a broad scientific program in cancer epidemiology and/or genetics and is a successful mentor. He or she must demonstrate relevant management experience as a senior level scientific administrator who has led investigators involved in conducting interdisciplinary studies of cancer epidemiology and/or genetics and whose work has been extensively published in peer-reviewed scientific or medical journals and presented at scientific meetings.

      The Deputy Director will be eligible for a tenured appointment at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) will be provided. Qualified candidates may be considered for the NIH Senior Biomedical Research Service. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and bibliography, a brief summary of research interests and accomplishments, scientific administrative experience, copies of up to five publications or preprints, and the names and addresses of three references to: Ms. Catherine McClave, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 7E-440, Bethesda, MD 20892-9774. Or e-mail mcclavec@mail.nih.gov. Applications received by March 20, 2015 will be considered for a first round of interviews, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

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

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

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

  • Faculty Position: Applied Mathematics, Wageningen U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 5 - February 4, 2015

      Assistant Professor Applied Mathematics, Tenure Track at Wageningen University

      Function description

      Within the Chair Mathematical Methods of Wageningen University we have a vacancy (tenure track) for an assistant professor in Applied Mathematics. His area of research is intended to be Systems Biology. This relatively new field of research connects the fields of mathematical modelling and biology. Especially at the lower levels of aggregation in biology (cell, tissue, organs) a tremendous progress in experimental possibilities has taken place. Consequently, the role of mathematical modelling is becoming more and more important, since modelling is the natural way to deduce insight in the mechanisms underlying the many processes driving living systems. Not only the lower levels of aggregations are studied within our chair group, we also develop models for the ecological levels and study how to connect the different levels.

      As a candidate, you are expected to develop a research profile in Systems Biology that strengthens the ongoing research in the group and forms or develops into an own line of research. You are capable of attracting PhDs and external funding, are a stimulating teacher in courses for non-mathematicians, and contribute in a significant way to the international profile of the group.

      Requirements:

      You are a good researcher and teacher. Preferably, your background is mathematics with a strong emphasis on mathematical modelling. Candidates with a background in physics, chemistry, informatics, or biology may also apply, provided that they have a very strong inclination to the mathematical aspects of these fields. You are experienced in applying your modelling skills in the Life Sciences, or strongly intending to obtain this experience. See also http://www.biometris.wur.nl under "vacancies".

      For applications, see: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/WUR/vacancy/26443/lang/en/

      For additional information: prof. dr. J. Molenaar, 0317-486042 or via Jaap.Molenaar@wur.nl

      You may apply between 2 and 21 February 2015.

  • Position: Data scientist-emerging infectious diseases, U of Georgia
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 3 - January 21, 2015

      We are seeking a data scientist (scientific programmer, analyst, and graphic designer/data visualization specialist) to join Project AERO: http://daphnia.ecology.uga.edu/midas/ at the University of Georgia in Athens. Project AERO is an NIH-funded study to develop model-free statistical learning algorithms for detecting the approach to criticality in emerging and re-emerging childhood infections. Research includes both theoretical and empirical components. For more details and to apply, visit the UGA Job Site: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp and search for posting number 20142111. This position will be open until filled.

  • Software Developer, Center for Biomedical... Harvard Medical School
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 3 - January 21, 2015

      Business Title Software Developer for the Refinery Team
      School/Unit Harvard Medical School
      Location USA - MA - Boston
      Time Status Full-time
      Department Center for Biomedical Informatics at Countway
      Salary Grade 057
      Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

      Duties & Responsibilities:
      The Park Lab in the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School is leading the development of the Refinery Platform (http://www.refinery-platform.org), an innovative open-source, web-based software environment for the management, analysis, and visualization of epigenomic and genomic data.

      As part of an initiative with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the Park Lab is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic software developer to participate in extending Refinery Platform for the Harvard Stem Cell Commons (http://stemcellcommons.org). A major goal of the system is to provide a shared environment to enable users to compare stem cell data across different laboratories, experimental platforms, organisms, and cell types.

      This position is funded for one year from date of hire, with the expectation of renewal.

      The software developer should be comfortable with and be experienced in working on both server-side components (including compute clusters and/or clouds) and client-side (web UI) components, as well as modern software engineering practices such as automated testing and continuous integration/ deployment.

      Furthermore, the developer must be proficient in Django or other Python web frameworks and have working knowledge of either SQL or NoSQL databases. Expertise in HTML5, JavaScript, and modern UI frameworks such as AngularJS or Bootstrap is expected and experience in REST API design and implementation is desired.

      Basic Qualifications:
      BSc in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or a related field and 3-5 years related experience. At least two years of experience in web application development with tools such as Python web frameworks (e.g., Django) and JavaScript frameworks (e.g., AngularJS).

      Additional Qualifications:
      MSc in Bioinformatics, Computer Science or a related field and 5 years work experience, Bioinformatics, Galaxy; AWS/Cloud, Docker, Vagrant, Apache; SQL (e.g., PostgreSQL), South, Solr/Elasticsearch; Celery; REST; D3.js, CSS, LESS/SASS, Bootstrap; Git, Automated testing, continuous integration/deployment. Self-motivated, self-starter, able to manage own time and learn.

      Additional Information:
      Applicants should include a link to some of their code in GitHub or another repository hosting service, as well as a cover letter describing why this position interests them and how it fits their experience and interests.

      Appointment End Date: 31-Aug-2015

      Interested applicants please apply directly online at, www.employment.​harvard.​edu. Please search requisition number (Auto Req. ID) 34675BR

  • Faculty Positions: Complex Systems, Oregon State U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 2 - January 14, 2015

      COMPLEX SYSTEMS IN THE LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

      Two Assistant Professor positions at Oregon State University. Mathematics. Systems Biology. Bioinformatics. Ecoinformatics. Biological modeling.

      Two assistant professor (9 month) positions are available in any domain where the life or environmental sciences intersect with the quantitative or physical sciences. Complex systems in the life and environmental sciences span numerous levels of scale from metabolites, macromolecules, cells, tissues, and organisms, to populations, communities and ecosystems. Increasingly, understanding these systems requires interdisciplinary collaborative research at the intersection with quantitative or physical sciences. Appointees will be expected to develop independent and collaborative grant-funded research programs, with a focus at any level of scale from the molecular to the ecological.

      Each appointment will reside jointly in a life or environmental sciences unit, and in a physical or quantitative sciences unit, depending on the appointee's expertise and interest. The research and teaching programs of the appointees are expected to integrate student success, and diversity and inclusion, as core values. This search is part of a large cohort of new faculty hires at OSU focused on interdisciplinary research, on advancement of diversity, and on advancing and equalizing student success. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

      To review the full position announcement, qualifications and detailed application information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and select posting number 0013430. For full consideration apply by January 23. Closes February 6, 2015. Contact: Brett Tyler(brett.tyler@oregonstate.edu).

  • Selected NIH Intramural Research Openings - January 2015
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 1 - January 6, 2015

      Staff Scientist
      Division of Intramural Population Health Research, NICHD
      (deadline: February 1)

      The Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), invites applications for the position of Staff Scientist in the Epidemiology Branch. The Branch conducts cutting-edge reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiologic research focusing on genetic and environmental determinants of human reproduction, pregnancy and child health, along with innovative methodological research. Staff Scientists in the Epidemiology Branch are expected to have sophisticated epidemiological research knowledge and skills to function independently under the general direction of a Senior Investigator and as a part of a research team. Candidates will be evaluated with regard to their ability to support and contribute to Investigator led collaborative epidemiology research.

      The successful applicant will be expected to assist in the development of relevant etiological hypotheses, study protocols, analytical plans, and institutional review board packages necessary for successful study completion as well as preparation of scientific papers and other related work as required. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills (both oral and written), and strong quantitative epidemiologic training and related experience and research interest in diabetes and/or women's health.

      Qualifications include an earned doctorate in epidemiology or a closely related field, and additional years of postdoctoral experience relevant to the position, excellent oral and written communication skills, and relevant refereed publications. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in women's health, and/or determinants, etiology, or health consequences of diabetes, obesity, and comorbidities based on a life course approach as evidenced by training and publications in peer reviewed journals. Full Federal benefits including salary, leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) will be provided. Salary will be commensurate with training and experience. Questions about the position can be addressed by Dr. Cuilin Zhang, Senior Investigator, Epidemiology Branch, at zhangcu@mail.nih.gov. Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing research interests and professional accomplishments, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references to: Kaye Beall Program Analyst, DIPHR, NICHD; 6100 Executive Blvd, Room 7B05, Rockville, MD 20852; or e-mail: beallk@mail.nih.gov.

      Applications received by February 1, 2015 will be considered for a first round of interviews, but applications will be accepted until all available positions are filled. The HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

      Also see:

      "Tenure-Track Positions at the NIH",
      Presented by: Dr. Roland Owens and Dr. Charles Dearolf, Assistant Directors, NIH Office of Intramural Research
      http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=14202&bhcp=1

      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

  • Lecturer Position: Applied Mathematics, University of Auckland
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 52 - December 23, 2014

      Applications are invited for a full-time permanent position at the Lecturer level in Applied Mathematics within the Department of Mathematics at The University of Auckland.

      The successful applicant will be expected to establish their own research portfolio that attracts external funding and graduate students as well as collaborate with other researchers within and outside the University. Their research expertise should complement existing research strengths in the Applied Mathematics Unit, which focuses on dynamical systems, inverse problems, mathematical biology, numerical algorithms, statistical methods and PDEs, with applications to industry as well as in biology, engineering and physics. They will also be expected to undertake high-quality teaching in the general area of Applied Mathematics, and to perform service roles for the Department of Mathematics.

      The Department of Mathematics, one of the largest and most diverse departments within The University of Auckland, offers a full range of courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It has a growing PhD programme and a vibrant research culture spanning pure and applied mathematics and mathematics education. More details about the Department may be found at http://www.math.auckland.ac.nz/

      The Department of Mathematics strives to provide a collegial work environment that promotes a healthy work-life balance and a stimulating research atmosphere. It is committed to achieving a better gender balance as well as being more inclusive for under-represented minorities.

      Applicants should include in their application a Curriculum Vitae detailing a full list of publications, and also a full list of teaching duties to date, together with class sizes and the level of students. In addition we request names and email addresses of three academic referees who may be contacted in support of your application.

      Informal enquiries about the position may be directed to Professor Hinke Osinga .

      More general enquiries about the Department and the University may be made to the Head of Department, Professor Eamonn O'Brien

      The official notice for this position (ID Number 16770), and details of the application process, is at: http://www.opportunities.auckland.ac.nz/

      Applications must be submitted online and will be accepted until Sunday, 18th January, 2015. We expect to complete the appointment process within 2 months of the closing date.

  • Faculty Positions: Systems Biology, Genomics, Informatics, Oregon State
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 51 - December 16, 2014

      FIVE FACULTY POSITIONS IN SYSTEMS BIOLOGY, GENOMICS, AND INFORMATICS AT OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

      Oregon State University is searching for five collaboratively-minded faculty with an enthusiasm for research and teaching at the interface between the life or environmental sciences and the quantitative or physical sciences. Appointees will be expected to develop independent and collaborative grant-funded research programs, at levels of scale from the molecular to the ecological. The research, teaching, and extension programs of the appointees are expected to integrate student success, and diversity and inclusion, as core values. This search is part of a large cohort of new faculty hires at OSU focused on interdisciplinary research, on advancement of diversity, and on advancing and equalizing student success. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

      To review the full position announcements, qualifications and detailed application information for any of these positions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and select the relevant posting number.

      COMPLEX SYSTEMS IN THE LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
      Two assistant professor (9 month) positions are available in any domain where the life or environmental sciences intersect with the quantitative or physical sciences. Complex systems in the life and environmental sciences span numerous levels of scale from metabolites, macromolecules, cells, tissues, and organisms, to populations, communities and ecosystems. Increasingly, understanding these systems requires interdisciplinary collaborative research at the intersection with quantitative or physical sciences. Each appointment will reside jointly in a life or environmental sciences unit, and in a physical or quantitative sciences unit, depending on the appointee's expertise and interest. Posting #0013430; Closes February 6, 2015. Contact: Brett Tyler (brett.tyler@oregonstate.edu).

      QUANTITATIVE SYSTEMS BIOLOGIST
      Assistant Professor (9 month) position in the Department of Integrative Biology (70%) and the Departments of Mathematics or Statistics (30%). The appointee will use and develop mathematical or statistical approaches to tackle problems in systems biology in the broad sense. Research focus can be at any level of biological organization, but must involve strong quantitative approaches and integrating large data sets. Candidate will teach in the general biology curriculum and will teach courses aimed at improving the quantitative skills of biology students. Posting #0013398. Closes January 25, 2015. Contact: Tara Bevandich (Tara.Bevandich@science.oregonstate.edu; 541-737-5336).

      MARINE EVOLUTIONARY SYSTEMS BIOLOGIST
      Assistant Professor (9 month) position in the Department of Integrative Biology. The appointee will conduct research, develop an active, grant-supported research program that applies systems biology approaches to evolutionary questions in marine organisms. Research focus can be at any level of biological organization, but must involve strong quantitative approaches and cutting-edge technologies. Appointee will teach courses in genetics and evolution. Posting #0013400. Closes January 25, 2015. Contact: Tara Bevandich (Tara.Bevandich@science.oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5336).

      GENOMICS AND BIOINFORMATICS OF CROP PLANTS
      Assistant Professor (9 month) position in the Department of Horticulture. The appointee will develop a comprehensive program in research (both independent and collaborative), teaching and outreach in applied genomics and bioinformatics of plants, with a focus on discovery of new knowledge and/or creative solutions to problems related to economically important staple and specialty crops of Oregon. The research discoveries and impacts are to be communicated to peers, practitioners and citizens. Posting #0013285; Closes January 25, 2015. Contact: Bill Braunworth (541-737-1317 or bill.braunworth@oregonstate.edu).

  • Assistant Professor, Statistics, WSU
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 50 - December 9, 2014

      Washington State University in Pullman
      Assistant Professor in Statistics

      The Department of Mathematics at Washington State University anticipates a tenure-track opening in Statistics with a start date of August 16, 2015. The successful candidate will have a strong background in large data analysis. Job responsibilities include teaching, research and service.

      Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in Statistics, or Statistical Sciences, or in Mathematics with Statistics emphasis, no later than August 16, 2015. The candidate must have strong research record in modeling high dimensional big data sets arising from diverse areas of science or engineering and must show evidence of the ability to maintain a robust and well funded grant supported research program in Statistics or Statistical Sciences. Postdoctoral experience of one or more years in developing methods for modeling and analyzing big data problems is highly recommended. Evidence of effectiveness in teaching Statistics courses at the undergraduate level is required. It is highly desirable to quickly develop interdisciplinary research collaborations with allied research groups in science and engineering. The successful candidate must strengthen the ongoing graduate program in Statistics by teaching graduate level Statistics courses, and by mentoring Ph.D. as well as Masters level graduate students. Ability and due diligence in rendering service to the department, college and the university is essential. Unofficial graduate transcripts are also required.

      To apply, see https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/15374. The online application will require: Cover Letter addressing each of the required and recommended qualifications as well as fulfilling the stated responsibilities; Curriculum Vitae; Unofficial Graduate Transcripts; and Three (3) letters of recommendation. The three (3) letters of recommendation are required and will be requested and obtained from the reference provider automatically through our online applications system. Screening of applications will begin January 5, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.

  • Tenure-track Position: Mathematical Biology, University of Manitoba
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 50 - December 9, 2014

      ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
      Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics
      University of Manitoba
      Position Number: 19539 (Mathematical Biology)

      The Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, commencing July 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Mathematics. The successful candidate will have: a record of excellence in research and successful undergraduate teaching, or the clear potential to develop a strong independent program of research, and a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence; a firm commitment to graduate student instruction and supervision; and a commitment to service. The appointment is expected to be in Mathematical Biology. The Department is especially interested in candidates whose research complements or overlaps with the Department's existing areas of research strength. For more information about the Department, please visit: http://www.math.umanitoba.ca

      Review of applications will begin January 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. In all correspondence, applicants must refer to Position Number: 19539. Applications should be submitted by email to the address given below; PDF files are preferred. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae together with statements concerning research plans and teaching philosophy, as well as evidence of teaching quality, if available. Applicants should arrange for at least three letters of reference (one of which should address teaching) to be sent via email to math_search@umanitoba.ca and should be addressed as follows:

      Steve Kirkland
      Chair of the Search Committee
      Department of Mathematics
      University of Manitoba
      Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2

      Letters of reference should arrive by January 15, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

      The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified applicants including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations and genders. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

      Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of "The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act" (Manitoba). Please note that application materials may be provided to participating members of the search process.

      For more information on this and other opportunities, please visit: umanitoba.ca/employment

  • Two Tenure-track Positions: Barber School, UBC Okanagan Campus
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 50 - December 9, 2014

      University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

      PHYSICS - TWO Assistant Professors

      The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, invites applications for two tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin as early as July 1, 2015. The positions will be held in Unit 5 in the Barber School (http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/ikbarberschool/welcome.html).

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

      The Physics Department at UBC Okanagan is part of a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary unit of more than 20 faculty members in the areas of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics. The successful candidates will each have a PhD in Physics, a strong research record, and demonstrated excellence in and commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Preference will be given to candidates specializing in any areas relating to (i) radiation oncology or imaging medical physics, (ii) molecular imaging as relating to radiation oncology or (iii) computational biophysics or medical physics. The Unit is developing a medical physics graduate program under a joint collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency - Centre for the Southern Interior (BCCA-CSI). The program has active research in radiation oncology physics, medical imaging, biological applications, and data science, and offers a suite of graduate courses. Contribution to the research mandate of the department, including the continued development of the medical physics graduate program and the ability to integrate with the BCCA-CSI and related UBCO faculties, is expected. Further information can be found at http://medicalphysics.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html and http://physics.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html. Teaching is expected in all areas of physics at the undergraduate level and within medical or biological physics at the graduate level.

      How to Apply: Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching ability (e.g. course evaluations), research statement, and the names and contact information of three referees. Please direct any questions regarding the posting to recruitment.bsas@ubc.ca, and put the competition title in the subject line of the e-mail.

      Applications will be reviewed beginning January 12, 2015. The process will continue until the position is filled.

      All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

      UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations or gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Government regulations require that Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

  • Research Scientist: Metagenomics/Computational Biology, San Jose
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 47 - November 18, 2014

      Research Scientist -- Metagenomics/Computational Biology, San Jose, CA

      Job description
      The IBM Almaden Research Center Department of Computer Science is searching for qualified candidates for a visiting scientist position to contribute to a new cross disciplinary project "Sequence The City".
      The project will create new software to providing meta-genomic analysis of any mixed sample (eg food, water, waste, soil, crops, insects, swabbed surfaces, and bodily fluids).Today, diagnostics is often conducted with targeted techniques in which a particular genetic fragment is chemically amplified. This single chemical query determines of a single DNA sequence of interest is present in a sample.
      Meta-genomic analysis will be build upon new IT services where multiple organisms can be identified in a single test. Candidates for this position should have experience analyzing Next Gen Sequencing Data.

      Required
      * Master's Degree
      * Basic knowledge in software algorithms
      * English: Intermediate

      Preferred
      * Doctorate Degree
      * At least 1 year experience in Next Gen Seq data analysis
      * Basic knowledge in Java
      * English: Fluent

      Additional information
      The World is Our Laboratory: No matter where discovery takes place, IBM researchers push the boundaries of science, technology and business to make the world work better. IBM Research is a global community of forward-thinkers working towards a common goal: progress.
      IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

      Interested candidate should submit an application at the following address https://jobs3.netmedia1.com/cp/faces/job_summary?job_id=RES-0674352

      or send an email to sbianco@us.ibm.com

  • Faculty Position, Stochastic Analysis, Virginia Tech
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 47 - November 18, 2014

      Virginia Tech Department of Mathematics
      Faculty Position in Stochastic Analysis

      The Virginia Tech Department of Mathematics anticipates a tenure-track opening in Stochastic Analysis with a start date of August 10, 2015, at our Blacksburg, VA, campus. The successful candidate will have a strong background in stochastic analysis. Possible specialties include, but are not limited to, stochastic differential equations, stochastic algorithms, uncertainty quantification, and analysis of random, chaotic, or disordered systems. Appointment as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics is anticipated, but exceptional senior candidates will be considered for positions of Associate Professor of Mathematics or Professor of Mathematics. This search is related to broad initiatives, undertaken by the College of Science in support of the university's strategic plan, to expand research in directions that cut across department lines and to introduce interdisciplinary majors, such as Computational Modeling and Data Analytics. (For further information, visit www.science.vt.edu and look under Academy of Integrated Science and Research Clusters).

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

      An online application is required. To complete the online application, go to http://www.hr.vt.edu/employment/, choose Current Job Openings, then Search Jobs, and choose the Mathematics Department or choose posting number TR0140119. Please include a cover letter, a CV, a research statement, and a teaching statement as part of the online application. Each applicant should follow the instructions in the online application system to request that four references submit letters of recommendation, or letters can be emailed to stochsearch14@math.vt.edu. Additional information about position requirements and responsibilities can be found at http://www.hr.vt.edu/employment/ or https://www.math.vt.edu. The faculty handbook (available at http://www.provost.vt.edu) gives a complete description of faculty responsibilities. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must pass a criminal background check. Questions about the search may be addressed to stochsearch14@math.vt.edu.

      Applications received by December 1, 2014, will receive full consideration. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Institution. Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Ms. Debbie Williams (dbritts@math.vt.edu, 540-231-6536) or call TTY 1-800- 828-1120 by the application deadline. Virginia Tech is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.

  • Open Rank Position, Mathematical Biology, Virginia Commonwealth U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 47 - November 18, 2014

      Dear colleagues in Mathematical Biology,

      My department is looking for a senior faculty member in Math Bio. Please consider applying. This is a great opportunity to join and lead our growing Math Bio group while living in a great city, Richmond, VA.

      Here is an abbreviated ad. The full ad is at https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/6542.

      Position: One tenure eligible faculty position (9-month) as Professor of Mathematics at the Assistant Rank or higher in the Dept. of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics beginning August 16, 2015, subject to availability of funding. The Department and University Web pages may be found at http://ww.math.vcu.edu/ and http://www.vcu.edu.

      Qualifications: A PhD in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics, or related field, is required at the time of the appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with a clearly identified research agenda and expertise in analysis, discrete mathematics, mathematical biology, numerical analysis, set theory and logic, or a field related to the ongoing research in the department. Preference will also be given to candidates with a proven track record of successful teaching, and/or with existing external funding or the potential for such, and evidence of multidisciplinary research applications.

      Applications must be submitted electronically at https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/40199. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. Full consideration will be guaranteed for complete applications, with reference letters, received by December 1, 2014.

      "Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability."

  • Employment Opportunity: Program Directors, DMS, NSF
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 47 - November 18, 2014

      Dear Colleagues,

      The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Science Foundation (NSF), announces a nationwide search for mathematical sciences professionals to fill Program Director positions. Formal consideration of interested applications will begin on November 18, 2014 and will continue until selections are made.

      NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the Agency's overall mission. To discharge this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

      For more information about the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), please visit the website at www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?div=DMS.

      Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent training in a field of the mathematical sciences plus, after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research pertinent to the position. Applicants should have a broad knowledge of one of the relevant disciplinary areas of the Division of Mathematical Sciences, a knowledge of the general scientific community, skill in written communication and preparation of technical reports, an ability to communicate orally, and successful independent research normally expected of the academic rank of associate professor or higher. Some administrative experience and experience working in teams are desirable. Appointees are expected to function effectively both within specific programs and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams. Skills in multidisciplinary research are highly desirable.

      The positions may be filled under one of the following appointment alternatives:

      Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA) Act: Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement.

      Visiting Scientist Appointment: Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Visiting Scientists are on non-paid leave status from their home institution and placed on the NSF payroll. NSF withholds Social Security taxes and pays the home institution's contributions to maintain retirement and fringe benefits (i.e., health benefits and life insurance), either directly to the home institution or to the carrier. Appointments are usually made for a one-year period and may be extended for an additional year by mutual agreement.

      Temporary Excepted Service Appointment: Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Candidates who do not have civil service or reinstatement eligibility will not obtain civil service status if selected. Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected. Usual civil service benefits (retirement, health benefits, and life insurance) are applicable for appointments of more than one year. Temporary appointments may not exceed three years.

      For additional information on NSF's rotational programs, please visit "Programs for Scientists, Engineers, and Educators" on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/rotators/.

      Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will be considered as an IPA only.

      Should you or your colleagues be interested in this position, or wish to nominate suitable candidates, please email a current CV accompanied by a cover letter highlighting the background that specifically relates to the program objectives to:

      Dr. Michael Vogelius, Division Director
      Division of Mathematical Sciences
      National Science Foundation
      4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1025
      Arlington, VA 22230
      Phone: 703-292-4861
      Fax: 703-292-9032
      Email: mvogeliu@nsf.gov

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