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  • PhD Scholarship: Mathematical Modeling..., U of New South Wales
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 13 - April 1, 2015

      PhD scholarship: mathematical modeling in infection and immunity

      The Complex Systems in Biology Group at the University of New South Wales is looking for talented students to join their team in Sydney, Australia, investigating immunity and vaccination for chronic infectious disease. The group is an interdisciplinary team including immunologists, applied mathematicians, physicists, chemists, engineers and computer scientists. The team uses mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and computer simulation to understand immunity from infection. The scope of studies ranges from modeling immune kinetics in vivo, analysis of genetic evolution in HIV, to analysis of cohort data on malaria infection in the field. The group has a high publication output and a strong history in successful interdisciplinary training. It is an ideal venue for students with a quantitative background (mathematics / physics / statistics) aiming to diversify their experiences in mathematical biology, or considering a career change from mathematics / physics or other disciplines to work in mathematical biology.

      Applicants are sought for International student scholarships for PhD studies. These scholarships cover tuition and living expenses. PhD studies generally last 3.5 years. More details are at: http://research.unsw.edu.au/international-research-candidate-scholarships

      The scholarships are highly competitive, and a high GPA (first class honours or equivalent. High ranking in class) +/- publications are required.

      Interested students should forward a CV and outline of interests to Professor Miles Davenport (m.davenport@unsw.edu.au).

      Applications are due 24 August 2015 for students to commence in early 2016, but students should make contact as soon as possible.

      For more details of research interests see: http://med.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-miles-davenport

      The University has a strong reputation for scholarship http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-new-south-wales/undergrad and is located around 15 minutes by bus from central Sydney, and 15 minutes walk from the popular Coogee beach.

  • MSc Position: Advanced Mathematical Biology, U of York
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 10 - March 11, 2015

      Applications are open for the MSc in Advanced Mathematical Biology at the University of York, based in the beautiful Roman/Viking city of York in the UK, due to start October 2015.

      The MSc in Advanced Mathematical Biology is an intensive one-year taught programme that will prepare students either for a career in industry in the quantitative life sciences or for further academic research in Mathematical Biology. It will provide insight into processes over a wide range of scales; from highly symmetric capsids (the cases that surround viruses), through soft matter and suspensions of biased swimming cells to the dynamics of food-webs and diseases. Advanced statistical methods, systems biology and biological fluid dynamics will be covered, and there will be emphasis on applications to policy and industry throughout. This programme aspires to fill the language gap between technical mathematical concepts and real world applications in the biological and life sciences. Students will gain a comprehensive grounding in cutting edge theory coupled to training in the subtleties of application.

      An important part of the programme is a summer work-based placement. At the end of the spring term, students will select a placement from a list of academic and industrial institutions across the sector. Students will spend a period of three months working closely with their chosen institution with a placement supervisor, assessed via a dissertation.

      This year, taught modules are likely to include: Applications of Group Theory in Virology; Bayesian Statistics; Bioinformatics; Biological and Soft Matter; Biological Fluid Dynamics; Conservation Ecology & Biodiversity; Ecological Modelling; Essential Mathematical Biology; Field & Laboratory Experimental Skills; Issues in Modern Biology (research based seminars); Modelling with MATLAB; Numerical Techniques for Modelling Biological Systems; PDEs; Stochastic Processes; Survival Analysis; and a Group Research Project.

      Scholarships: funding for the relatively low fees can be obtained from a variety of sources, including the York Masters Opportunity Scholarships. Please see the webpage for the programme. http://maths.york.ac.uk/www/MScBiology

  • PhD Fellowships: Statistical Ecosystem Modelling, U of Iceland
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 10 - March 11, 2015

      PhD Fellowships in the Division of Applied Mathematics at the University of Iceland

      The University of Iceland is pleased to offer two PhD fellowships within the Applied Mathematics Division for students interested in Quantitative Ecology, Ecosystem Modelling, and Statistics:

      Modellers at the Science Institute of the University of Iceland are presently implementing an Atlantis and an Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) model for the Icelandic waters. Atlantis is a deterministic, whole of ecosystem biogeochemical model that includes oceanographic, ecological, economic, and social components. EwE is a whole of ecosystem model consisting of three principal components: Ecopath - a mass-balanced, static snapshot of a marine system; Ecosim - a time dynamic simulation module; and Ecospace - a spatial and temporal dynamic module.

      The recipients will work closely with researchers developing these ecosystem models to expand the scope and broaden the impact of these models. They will work to evaluate alternative economic, ecological, and environmental objectives and social responses on the Icelandic marine ecosystem within a management strategy evaluation framework.

      Both fellowships are fully-funded for 3 years. The ideal candidate for these fellowships will have a strong background in mathematics and statistics or ecology with a strong interest in quantitative ecology and ecosystem modeling; interest in policy and management; strong programming skills in R; and some experience with C languages.

      Applicants should possess an MSc degree and good verbal and written skills in English are required.

      These fellowships will be under the direction of Prof. Gunnar Stefansson (e-mail: gunnar@hi.is; http://www.hi.is/~gunnar/).

      Studies will commence immediately. An initial relocation and an annual travel allowance are included. Please note there is no closing date and the positions will be filled once suitable candidates are found.

      The Applied Mathematics Division is a research unit under the Science Institute of the University of Iceland. The unit covers the following research areas; operation research, probability theory, theoretical and applied statistics, ecosystem modeling, biostatistics, numerical analysis and computational intelligence.

      The application should contain a cover letter, a full curriculum vitae including documentation of academic degrees and a minimum of two references. Applications should be sent as e-mail attachments in PDF format to Prof. Gunnar Stefansson, gunnar@hi.is (Applied Mathematics Division, Science Institute. University of Iceland, Dunhagi 5, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland).

      For additional information about the positions, please contact Dr. Christopher David Desjardins at christop@hi.is.

  • PhD/Postdoc Positions: Theoretical and..., U of Groningen
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 10 - March 11, 2015

      Three PhD student or postdoc position are available at the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (formerly the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies), at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. The positions are part of the VICI project 'On the origin of species assemblages' awarded to prof. Rampal S. Etienne (r.s.etienne@rug.nl). The aim of this program is twofold:
      1. developing a fully stochastic, dynamical, eco-evolutionary and data-friendly theory of community assembly, and
      2. testing and informing this theory with model-oriented experiments and field studies of both macro-organisms and micro-organisms. The details of the positions can be found here:

      PhD position Theoretical eco-evolutionary assembly of ecological communities
      http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S0004E9P&cat=phd

      Postdoc position Theoretical eco-evolutionary assembly of ecological communities
      http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S0004EAP&cat=wp

      PhD or Postdoc position Simultaneous Estimation and Selection of Species Diversification Models
      http://www.tangram-tis.nl/10378/Vacatures/00347-02S0004EMP/Vacature-PhD-or-Postdoc-Simultaneous-Estimation-and-Selection-of-Species-Diversification?category=Groepspecifiek_RUG_Categorie%2CGroepspecifiek_RUG_Categorie2!!Categorie!!RUC.PROM

  • PhD & Postdoc Positions: Bioinformatics, Graz U of Technology
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 8 - February 25, 2015

      Open PhD and Postdoc positions in Bioinformatics

      Deadline: 28 February 2015

      Contact: Prof. Dr. Mario Albrecht, Institute for Knowledge Discovery, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, info@mario-albrecht.at

      Further information at http://www.medbioinf.at and below!

      Note: Please send your application both to info@mario-albrecht.at and informatik@tugraz.at citing the reference number 7090/15/001.

      Open full-time paid bioinformatics PhD student position for molecular network research until 28 February 2015, for details see http://wwww.medbioinf.at and as follows:

      Molecular networks and proteins are involved in many biological processes. Therefore, we aim at the development and application of computational network methods for the analysis and prediction of molecular interactions and their structural and functional changes due to sequence mutations. The mutations might occur in disease genes or bacterial and viral genomes. Based on the analysis results, we also want to develop innovative bioinformatics approaches for modeling pathways and their changes as well as for the design and prioritization of follow-up experiments.

      Open full-time paid bioinformatics postdoc position for integrative omics research until 28 February 2015, for details see http://bioinf.tugraz.at/images/Postdoc.pdf and as follows:

      Cancer is the leading cause of death and involves altered lipid metabolism. The rate-limiting enzyme in triacylglyceride degradation, the adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL), might not participate only in lipid mobilization and degradation, but also in signaling pathways by generating lipid signaling molecules. Therefore, we aim at the large-scale elucidation of the functional role of ATGL in cancer progression using different omics strategies combined with computational approaches. Novel bioinformatics methods are developed for analyzing the data of molecular proteomics and metabolomics networks related to lipolysis in cancer.

  • 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

Postdoctoral positions

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  • Postdoc Position: Dengue Simulation Modeling at U of Notre Dame
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 14 - April 8, 2015

      A candidate for a postdoctoral research position is sought for the Perkins Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Research will focus on the development, validation, and application of individual-based models of dengue transmission with a high degree of detail and realism at the relatively fine spatial scales that characterize dengue transmission. This modeling work will be performed in conjunction with data sets and field studies from dengue-endemic areas and will focus on questions of highly applied significance related to the evaluation and deployment of novel interventions.

      Desirable qualities of candidates include (1) a Ph.D. in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Computer Science, or another relevant field; (2) strong programming and software development skills, preferably in C++ and R; (3) experience conducting applied research based on mathematical models and simulations; (4) and background and/or interest in epidemiology and infectious disease dynamics.

      Salary will be competitive and commensurate with skills and experience, benefits will be provided, and support is available for travel to conferences and to visit field sites as appropriate. Funding is also available to provide computer programming support through Notre Dame's Center for Research Computing, which has a strong track record in individual-based modeling of vector-borne disease transmission.

      For further information, please email Alex Perkins (taperkins@nd.edu) with a statement of interest, a CV, and the names of and contact information for three references. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but for priority consideration an initial expression of interest is encouraged by no later than Friday, April 17.

  • Postdoc Position: Synthetic Biology, Wageningen U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 13 - April 1, 2015

      Postdoc position in Synthetic Biology from Wageningen University. All the info can be found at:

      http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies/Show/Postdoc-in-Synthetic-Biology.htm

  • Postdoc Position: Whole-cell Modeling, Mount Sinai (NYC)
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 13 - April 1, 2015

      Postdoctoral Fellow, Senior Scientist, or Software Engineer in whole-cell modeling.

      The Karr lab in the Institute for Genomics & Multiscale Biology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine is seeking talented, ambitious individuals to develop cutting-edge dynamical models of human and bacterial cells. Despite the explosion of experimental data, we do not comprehensively understand how phenotype arises from genotype. Our approach is to develop computational models which predict how behavior emerges from the molecular level by integrating diverse data into a single model. Our goal is to use models to make medicine more precise and personalized by predicting disease progression and drug responses. We are also using our models to engineer bacteria. Our research is highly interdisciplinary involving computational modeling, software engineering, data visualization and curation. We have close collaborations with several experimental groups to build and test our models.

      Responsibilities. The candidate will be responsible for developing human and bacterial whole-cell models for precision cancer medicine and synthetic biology. This will include expanding the scope of whole-cell models, incorporating new sources of high-throughput genomic data, and improving the accuracy of whole-cell models. The candidate will work closely with experimental cancer collaborators at Mount Sinai, as well as with Luis Serrano's laboratory at the Center for Regulatory Genomics in Barcelona, Spain.

      Desired skills/experience. The ideal candidate has the following skills. Applicants with deep experience in related fields are also encouraged to apply.

      - Deep experience in dynamical and genome-scale modeling, software engineering, data visualization, and databases;
      - Strong knowledge of biology, physics, mathematics, and computation;
      - Several years experience in computational systems biology is a plus;
      - Excellent object-oriented programming skills in Python, MATLAB, and JavaScript;
      - Ability to learn new skills and concepts;
      - Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
      - Abilities to work independently and within a team effort.

      Compensation & Benefits. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and education. All employees are eligible for medical, dental, and health insurance. Subsidized housing is available for postdoctoral fellows.

      How to apply. Please send a cover letter indicating your research and career goals, a CV, and 2-3 letters of reference to Jonathan Karr (karr@mssm.edu).

      More information. Please visit our website (http://research.mssm.edu/karr/join.html) or contact Jonathan Karr (karr@mssm.edu).

  • Postdoc Position: Spatiotemporal Modeling of..., U of New Mexico
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 12 - March 25, 2015

      The University of New Mexico Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling Center (STMC) is searching for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in computational biologist and modeling dynamical systems. Preference is given to the applicant that is a skilled programmer (C++, Fortran, Matlab). The individual should be comfortable with mathematical thinking, and have a sound instinct for molecular and cellular biology. The position functions as a key component within the STMC with an ambitious project seeking to build large dynamic spatialtemporal models of cell signaling networks. Contact Prof. Jeremy Edwards (jsedwards@salud.unm.edu)

  • Postdoc Position: Modeling Population Genetics for..., NCSU
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 11 - March 18, 2015

      Postdoc: Modeling Population Genetics for Suppression of Mosquito-Vectored Diseases North Carolina State University, with Fred Gould and Alun Lloyd

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

      New developments in molecular genetics promise to increase the efficiency of building gene drive systems with novel properties. The postdoc in this position will build a set of simple to complex models to examine the expected dynamics of these gene drive systems in mosquitoes and other taxa.

      The most detailed model that we have developed simulates the population dynamics and population genetics of Ae. aegypti in a city on the Amazon river, Iquitos, for which there are rich data sets on both mosquito dynamics and dengue epidemiology. An accompanying epidemiological model is currently under development. The goals of two other postdocs in our group are to expand the mosquito model and the human epidemiology model to encompass the entire city of about 400,000 people. The postdoc in this new position will also collaborate with the other postdocs to use these detailed models to test gene drive systems.

      In addition to working on model development and analysis, the person in this position will collaborate in an interdisciplinary research group composed of mosquito ecologists, disease epidemiologists, molecular biologists, biomathematicians, ethicists, and scientists from disease- endemic countries. The person in this position will have the opportunity to visit Iquitos to better understand one of the systems being modeled. Desirable skills include the ability to program in C++ or knowledge of a related programming language, and training in evaluation of mechanistic models.

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

  • Postdoc Position: Mathematical Modeling of Dengue Virus..., NCSU
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 11 - March 18, 2015

      Postdoc: Mathematical Modeling of Dengue Virus Epidemiology North Carolina State University, with Fred Gould and Alun Lloyd

      PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are searching for a postdoc interested in working on two NIH-funded projects that will build, test and refine stochastic, spatially explicit, simulation models that link insect population dynamics and genetics with human disease epidemiology. We are developing a city- scale model for the transmission of dengue virus, utilizing rich entomological, epidemiological and human movement data sets from a research collaboration focused in Iquitos, Peru. A major goal of the work is to predict the impacts of various interventions (such as conventional mosquito control, vaccines, and evolution-based novel transgenic mosquito management methods) on dengue.

      The incumbent will lead modeling efforts to further develop and test the epidemiological component of our model and integrate that model with the entomological model. We are also interested in building simple spatial and non-spatial, deterministic models as heuristic tools for better understanding basic principles, but we are not looking for applicants who are only interested in working with simple, generic models.

      An important part of these projects involves field experiments and epidemiological studies by our collaborators in Peru to acquire data that will inform the structure and parameterization of the models, and a large- scale mosquito control study to provide data against which model predictions will be tested. The person in this position will have the opportunity to travel to Peru to become more familiar with the epidemiological and entomological work at the field site.

      The funding for this postdoctoral position is through two NIH research grants. There will also be opportunities to work with students and faculty involved in NC State's Center for Genetic Engineering and Society (http://research.ncsu.edu/ges) and in the Research Training Group on Mathematical Biology (http://rtg.math.ncsu.edu) which focuses on questions relating to parameter estimation for biological models. Much of the work is part of a collaboration with researchers at Emory, UC Davis and Notre Dame.

      Qualifications: Training in ecological or epidemiological modeling and experience with development of computer simulation models. Experience in C++ would be highly desirable, as would be statistical skills.

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

  • Postdoc position: HIV epidemiology, BC CDC & U of British Columbia
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 11 - March 18, 2015

      Postdoc position: HIV epidemiology, BC Centre for Disease Control and U of British Columbia

      We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on detailed modelling of HIV spread among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Canada. The primary objective for our modelling research is to examine the real and potential impact of an innovative internet-based testing program for MSM, establishing a foundation which can be extended to a range of other testing and prevention interventions for this population.

      The successful candidate will join a public health modelling team headed by Dr. Mark Gilbert (BC Centre for Disease Control, University of British Columbia (UBC), Ontario HIV Treatment Network) and Dr. Daniel Coombs (Department of Mathematics, UBC), working with provincial, national and international collaborators. The position will be based in Vancouver, working alongside the research team as well as public health staff and community agencies involved with the implementation of these interventions.

      The ideal candidate will have the following skills:
      (A) excellent interpersonal skills, being able to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including public health professionals, health care economists, and staff working in community-based organizations in the area of HIV prevention for MSM
      (B) be a creative modeller, and able to compute from very simple ODEs to fairly complex simulation/network models
      (C) be able to work independently to assimilate data from epidemiologic and sociological studies into the model framework (as well as primary analysis of data from cohorts of HIV negative and positive men in Vancouver and the Sex Now Survey, a large online survey of MSM across Canada).
      (D) be familiar with epidemic (or similar) modelling, analysis and computation, including stochastic models

      Prior experience working on public health modelling projects an asset. This is primarily a research position but there may be opportunities to gain teaching experience, depending on the candidate. Competitive salary and benefits.

      For additional information or enquiries please contact Mark Gilbert (mgilbert@ohtn.on.ca) or Daniel Coombs (coombs@math.ubc.ca). Applications (with CV, research statement and names of two references) should be sent to Kim Thompson by April 17th, 2015. Email: Kimberly.Thomson@bccdc.ca

  • Postdoc Position: In Viral Dynamics and Immune System..., LANL
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 11 - March 18, 2015

      POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE POSITION IN VIRAL DYNAMICS AND IMMUNE SYSTEM MODELING, Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group, LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY, Alan Perelson and Ruy Ribeiro

      Summary: We are offering a postdoctoral level position to pursue research in mathematical and theoretical biology, with an emphasis on problems in viral dynamics and immune system modeling. Our group's interests span a wide range from basic immunology, cell and molecular biology to treatment of viral infections. We develop models in collaboration with experimental scientists that generate new insights into the dynamics of viral infections, the immune response and virus-immune system interactions. We have standing collaborations with many experimental immunologists and clinicians, and help them develop new experiments, interpret their data and generate new hypotheses about the biology. Much of our current work and available data involves hepatitis C infection, HIV/SIV infection, and influenza infection although we also have projects involving other viruses such as West Nile virus. We are very interested in helping to find a cure or vaccine for AIDS and optimal drug therapy for HCV.

      Skills: We are looking for enthusiastic scientists with mathematical and statistical skills, and a strong interest in immunology and/or viral dynamics. Preference will be given to candidates with research experience in the core areas of the group's research; a track record of publications; and commitment to work to the high LANL standards, including attending required training. The candidate should have good programming skills, good working knowledge of one or more mathematical or statistical packages (e.g., Mathematica, MatLab, R, ...) and excellent English (both written and oral).

      Education: A PhD degree within the last 5 years (at the date of appointment). The specific subject of one's PhD degree is not restrictive, but usually a PhD in applied mathematics, statistics, computer or computational science, or mathematical biology is appropriate. A person who has held a PhD degree for more than 5 years is not eligible for a postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

      Benefits: Los Alamos National Laboratory offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package and current salary guidelines start at ~US$73,000, with adjustments for experience and time since PhD. This position is initially for two years, with the possibility to renew for a third year. We are always interested in hearing from excellent candidates, who may be considered for special Laboratory Fellowships. For more general information about the postdoctoral program at Los Alamos, please visit the Laboratory's web pages at http://www.lanl.gov, or the Postdoctoral Program web pages at http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/index.php.

      Application Procedure: For initial consideration for this position and more details about the scientific areas of research, send an e-mail including your CV and brief statement of interest to asp@lanl.gov and ruy@lanl.gov. We will only reply to those candidates whose applications we are interested in pursuing further. After initial screening, transcripts and 3-4 letters of recommendation may be requested, followed by an interview (preferably at LANL).

      This position is open from March 18, 2015 until filled; subject to funding availability and eligibility for employment. Only the Laboratory's Human Resources Department can make an offer of employment. Start date is negotiable. Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunities employer, and all interested parties are encouraged to apply.

  • Postdoc Position: Infectious Disease Dynamics, Harvard U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 11 - March 18, 2015

      The Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University welcomes applications for a postdoctoral fellow to work in the field of infectious disease modeling with Dr. Alison Hill and Professor Martin Nowak. We are seeking a motivated and creative PhD-level scientist with experience applying mathematics to biological systems. The successful candidate would be invited to work on established projects, as well as be encouraged to pursue independent research of mutual interest.

      A major focus of the group is on an NIH-funded effort to develop mathematical models to predict the outcomes of new, potentially-curative treatment strategies for HIV infection. We also use viral dynamic models to understand outcomes of antiretroviral therapy, the risks of drug resistance, the influence of patient adherence, and the potential impact of new drug delivery mechanisms. We regularly work with data from experimental collaborators testing new therapies in vitro, in animal models, and in patients. More generally, we are interested in factors influencing the evolution of infectious diseases and the emergence of drug resistance, both at the individual and population levels. Our work is conducted in close collaboration with experimental and clinical researchers.

      More information about the position can be found at: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/6053

      Inquiries can be directed to Alison Hill (alhill@fas.harvard.edu)

  • Postdoc Position: Computational Structural Biology, UC Davis
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 10 - March 11, 2015

      POSTDOCTORAL POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

      A postdoctoral position in Computational Structural Biology is available at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) starting on September 1st, 2015.

      The aim of this NIH funded project is to develop mathematical, statistical and computational methods to analyze chromatin conformation capture (CCC) data, with a focus on 3D genome architecture and topology. The postdoctoral fellow will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers in Mathematical and Computational Biology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at UC Davis and at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

      We are seeking applicants with a PhD in Mathematics, Statistics, Computational Biology or related field. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Computational Biology and/or Computational Topology/Geometry, and/or Statistics. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are expected.

      The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal to a second year. Interested applicants should send CV and three references to Prof. Javier Arsuaga (jarsuaga@ucdavis.edu). Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

      The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

  • Postdoc Position: Systems Biology of G..., U of North Carolina
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 10 - March 11, 2015

      Postdoctoral Position: Systems Biology of G Protein Signaling
      The University of North Carolina, Schools of Medicine and Arts and Sciences

      Heterotrimeric G proteins serve as a signaling nexus in a myriad of normal and diseased cell states. Many extracellular signals (e.g. hormones, peptides, cytokines, lights) are perceived by 7-­transmembrane receptors, often referred to as G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), that stimulate the activation state of the cytoplasmic G protein complex. Interestingly, the majority of non-­animal cells (protists, fungi, plants, amoeba and many others) bind GTP without the need for a GPCR. This recent discovery opens up new opportunities to find novel mechanisms that regulate G protein signaling. This project tightly integrates experimental investigations with mathematical modeling to discover and characterize novel signaling motifs that regulate pathway activity in the glucose sensing system of Arabidopsis. The project is a continuation of a well established collaboration between the labs of Drs. Alan Jones and Tim Elston (Fu, et al 2014 Cell 156:1084-­1095). The ideal applicant will have experience with deterministic and stochastic modeling methods, and a willingness to learn the experimental techniques needed to test their mathematical models. Interested individuals should contact Tim Elston (timothy_elston@med.unc.edu) and Alan Jones (alan_jones@unc.edu).

  • Postdoc Position: Mathematical Modeling and..., U of Minnesota
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 10 - March 11, 2015

      Funding is available for a Postdoctoral Associate/Research Associate position in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota- Minneapolis, beginning as early as May 1, 2015.

      The position involves mathematical modeling and analysis of pattern formation in developmental biology, particularly in early development of Drosophila. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Mathematics, Science or Engineering and have experience in mathematical modeling and computational analysis in biology, biophysics or medicine. The degree is required by the beginning date of appointment. Knowledge of Fortran or C/C++ is also required.

      The immediate group consists of eight researchers who are analyzing models of cell movement in single and multicellular systems, stochastic effects in pattern formation, and signal transduction and pattern formation in developmental biology. In addition, the School of Mathematics and the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications at Minnesota provide a very rich research environment for a post-doctoral fellow.

      The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The initial appointment will be for one year, with continuation contingent upon performance and availability of funding. Please submit your CV, research statement and arrange for three letters of recommendation. Also, any offer will be contingent upon a successful background check. Letters could be loaded on the mathjobs website or be sent to: Professor Hans Othmer, School of Mathematics, 127 Vincent Hall, University of Minnesota, 206 Church St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455.

      The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

  • PhD & Postdoc Positions: Bioinformatics, Graz U of Technology
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 8 - February 25, 2015

      Open PhD and Postdoc positions in Bioinformatics

      Deadline: 28 February 2015

      Contact: Prof. Dr. Mario Albrecht, Institute for Knowledge Discovery, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, info@mario-albrecht.at

      Further information at http://www.medbioinf.at and below!

      Note: Please send your application both to info@mario-albrecht.at and informatik@tugraz.at citing the reference number 7090/15/001.

      Open full-time paid bioinformatics PhD student position for molecular network research until 28 February 2015, for details see http://wwww.medbioinf.at and as follows:

      Molecular networks and proteins are involved in many biological processes. Therefore, we aim at the development and application of computational network methods for the analysis and prediction of molecular interactions and their structural and functional changes due to sequence mutations. The mutations might occur in disease genes or bacterial and viral genomes. Based on the analysis results, we also want to develop innovative bioinformatics approaches for modeling pathways and their changes as well as for the design and prioritization of follow-up experiments.

      Open full-time paid bioinformatics postdoc position for integrative omics research until 28 February 2015, for details see http://bioinf.tugraz.at/images/Postdoc.pdf and as follows:

      Cancer is the leading cause of death and involves altered lipid metabolism. The rate-limiting enzyme in triacylglyceride degradation, the adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL), might not participate only in lipid mobilization and degradation, but also in signaling pathways by generating lipid signaling molecules. Therefore, we aim at the large-scale elucidation of the functional role of ATGL in cancer progression using different omics strategies combined with computational approaches. Novel bioinformatics methods are developed for analyzing the data of molecular proteomics and metabolomics networks related to lipolysis in cancer.

  • Postdoc Position: Histology-based modeling.., Moffitt Cancer Center
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 8 - February 25, 2015

      Post-doc position: Histology-based modeling of cancer treatment, Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, US

      Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in our computational lab with a focus on modeling tumor response to various anticancer treatments integrated with biomedical imaging. The successful candidate will work under the mentorship of Dr. Kasia Rejniak (http://labpages.moffitt.org/rejniakk) on interdisciplinary projects conducted in collaboration with local experimentalists based at Moffitt and/or USF. These projects will couple computational modeling based on biophysical principles with extensive use of biomedical images (that include fluorescent microscopy images and immunohistochemical pathology images) for model calibration and validation. Success of these projects will lead to a better understanding of how the tumor microenvironment influences anticancer drugs and imaging agents penetration through the tumor tissue, and how to predict patients response to anticancer therapies based on tumor biopsies.

      To be considered, a PhD in applied mathematics, scientific computing, computer science or similar computational field is required. Priority will be given to candidates with research experience in biology-based computational modeling and a proven interest in using biomedical imaging data for quantitative comparison with in-silico results. The ideal candidate will have a history of demonstrated creativity, be highly motivated to work as a team member within an interdisciplinary group of researchers, have good communication skills and experience in writing publications for peer-reviewed scientific journals. The candidate must have strong programing skills (C/C++/Java/Fortran/Matlab) and ability to visualize, analyze and compare numerical and experimental data.

      The offered position is within the Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) Department of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. IMO integrates mathematicians, computer scientist, and physicists, together with imaging specialists as well as clinical and experimental oncologists to develop novel approaches for understanding, treatment and prevention of cancer.

      This position is offered for one year, and can be renewed for additional years upon candidate performance.

      Interested applicants should send an application letter, detailed CV with recent publications, and a statement of research interests directly to Kasia.Rejniak@moffitt.org. Please, include the names and email addresses of three mentors who can provide recommendation letters.

  • 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.

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  • Job: Mathematical Modeller, Antibiotic..., Public Health England
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 11 - March 18, 2015

      Job: Mathematical Modeller - Antibiotic Resistance, Public Health England

      An exciting opportunity has arisen for a mathematical modeller to develop innovative models exploring the dynamics of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) organisms, and to use these models to evaluate control strategies in order to inform policy in this high priority area. There are few public health issues currently of greater importance than antimicrobial resistance in terms of impact on the health of society. The rise in AMR bacteria, coupled with a lack of existing antibiotics (and with none expected in the near future) means that the number of infections that are untreatable is ever increasing. In 2011 the Chief Medical Officer recommended that antibiotic resistance be put on the government's national risk register of civil emergencies, while the World Health Organization has stated that resistance to antibiotics could bring "the end of modern medicine as we know it".

      This post will contribute to the innovative research required to identify and rigorously evaluate solutions, in order to inform health policy. The research conducted by the post-holder will improve our understanding of the epidemiology of healthcare associated infections and AMR organisms, their transmission and control in hospital and community populations. The research is expected to provide practical and clinically relevant insights to directly inform national policy.

      The post-holder will gain valuable experience working closely with clinicians, epidemiologists and microbiologists as well as modellers, economists, statisticians and bioinformaticians, and policy colleagues both at PHE and collaborating institutions.

      This post provides an ideal opportunity to gain experience in infectious disease research to inform policy. Public Health England's Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control (CIDSC) in Colindale, in NW London, is an internationally-renowned centre of excellence for expertise, reference and research, surveillance and epidemiology in relation to human health. It is an excellent place to conduct public health research that can help shape policy both nationally and internationally.

      Employer: Public Health England
      Department: Statistics, Modelling and Economics
      Location: Colindale
      Salary: 37,454-45,769 GBP pa
      Closing Date: 30/03/2015

      For more information please visit: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/61e0eadf80d327c090d3cb829b2febee/?vac_ref=913702883

  • Statistician Postion: Sea Level Rise Program, Climate Central
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 10 - March 11, 2015

      Statistician - Sea Level Rise Program

      Job Description

      Climate Central is seeking an energetic, talented statistical scientist who wants to make a tangible, global impact with targeted research. Strong candidates will be fluent in extreme value statistics, spatial statistics and Bayesian approaches. The statistician will sit within Climate Central's nationally recognized sea level rise program, and provide critical research and analysis for our U.S. and soon-to-launch global programs.

      Climate Central is a growing nonprofit and non-advocacy organization dedicated to researching and publicizing key findings on our changing climate and its impacts. Our scientists and communicators work together to reach the most people possible using all the tools at our disposal.

      Climate Central's sea level rise program is a recognized leader in both climate science and communication. Our peer-reviewed research has been downloaded more than 20,000 times; major news outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, AP, NBC, CBS and NPR have frequently featured our findings; we have testified in the U.S. Senate; and our web tools are winning practical use from NGOs to local governments.

      Responsibilities

      - Develop and improve local flood risk projections, nationally and globally, integrating sea level rise forecasts and storm surge statistics and projections
      - Develop and improve methods for interpolating projections in space
      - Play key role in research on error in digital elevation models
      - Write and contribute to peer-reviewed papers, plus reports for wider audiences
      - Provide general statistical research support

      Qualifications

      - PhD in statistics or equivalent education/experience
      - Expertise in extreme value statistics, spatial statistics and Bayesian approaches
      - Facility with big data, data acquisition and data wrangling
      - Proficiency with R, geospatial packages/GIS, Matlab ideal; C++ or python a plus
      - Strong communication skills, and the ability to work well both independently and in close collaboration within a small team, are essential

      Location

      The location for this position is Climate Central's Princeton, N.J. headquarters.

      Compensation

      Compensation is competitive, with very generous benefits.

      Diversity

      Climate Central strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and as such do not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

      Apply

      Please send your cover letter, resume and salary expectations to iweinberg@climatecentral.org, with the exact subject line, "Statistician" (no quotes). Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

      Search will close when successful candidate is recruited to fill this position.

  • Position: Disease Ecologist/Modeler, EcoHealth Alliance
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 9 - March 4, 2015

      POSITION TITLE: Disease Ecologist/Modeler

      EcoHealth Alliance seeks a Disease Ecologist/Modeler with a track record of high quality papers that analy Above all, a passion for understanding the process of zoonotic disease emergence is key. The position is based at EcoHealth Alliance in New York City and will involve some international travel.

      RESPONSIBILITIES

      Reporting to the President this position will:
      -Work collaboratively with staff to design and execute analytical projects to understand the process of zoonotic disease emergence including examination of the roles of human contact networks, land-use change, agricultural intensification, wildlife trade, and a diverse range of socio-economic, demographic, and environmental drivers of disease emergence.
      -Collaborate/lead on designing field studies of zoonotic disease emergence from bats, rodents, and primates as well as the role of human behavior in disease emergence and analyze the resulting data.
      -Engage with EcoHealth Alliance scientists and partners on our USAID-funded PREDICT project as well as on federally funded programs on SARS CoV, AI, Ebola, Nipah, RVFV, and other emerging diseases.
      -Manage staff, liaise with international partners, and report proactively to federal funders.
      -Help set institutional direction as well as identify new opportunities and help to secure funding for them.

      QUALIFICATIONS

      -Ph.D in Ecological of Biological Sciences and a strong analytical skillset
      -Postdoctoral experience in disease ecology/modeling
      -Publications demonstrating analytical skills and grant writing experience
      -Experience with traditional (GLM) and novel methodologies (machine learning and Bayseian analysis), knowledge of ecological niche models or SIR models, and experience with R
      -Enthusiasm for understanding disease emergence
      -Proven success in fundraisin
      -Positive attitude towards solving complex problems
      -Creativity to identify analytical strategies and proxy datasets for novel diseases
      -Experience managing staff
      -Strong sense of team spirit and cultural sensitivity
      -Excellent written and verbal communication skills
      -Fluency in English

      EcoHealth Alliance is an equal opportunity employer offering competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including coverage for health, dental, vision, and a 403(b) pension plan. For more information about EcoHealth Alliance, please visit http://www.ecohealthalliance.org

      HOW TO APPLY: Send an email a single attachment labeled with your first and last name only ("first last.pdf") in PDF format containing with (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) three references to jobs@ecohealthalliance.org with "DISEASE ECOLOGIST 2015" in the subject line. Emails without the subject line or with multiple attachments will not be received. No formal text is required within the body of your email, since only the attached document will be evaluated. All inquires will receive an automatic response confirming receipt. Applicants will be evaluated and only appropriate candidates will be contacted.

  • Selected NIH Intramural Research and other Openings, March 2015
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 9 - March 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.

      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/

  • Faculty Position: Lectuer/Senior Lecturer/Reader: U Glasgow
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 8 - February 25, 2015

      Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Mathematical Biology/Ecology
      University of Glasgow-College of Science and Engineering, School of Mathematics & Statistics, Ref: 009926

      Salary: 33,242-37,394/40,847-47,328/48,743-54,841 GBP per annum

      The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, is a member of the UK's Russell Group of leading universities. The University is committed to enhancing its position as one of the world's great broad-based research- intensive universities. As part of an exciting initiative to strengthen the interdisciplinary research currently underway between the School of Mathematics & Statistics and the life sciences institutes within the University of Glasgow, the School of Mathematics and Statistics will make a key appointment to a post in Mathematical Biology/Ecology.

      It is expected that the postholder will pursue internationally leading research in Mathematical Biology/Ecology which will contribute to this exciting agenda.

      The university has a vibrant Mathematical Biology community which includes the University of Glasgow Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health (http://www.gla.ac.uk/boydorr), a grouping of epidemiologists, biologists, statisticians, veterinarians, physicists, ecologists and mathematicians with a focus on applying quantitative approaches to biological problems.

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

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

      Apply online through the apply online link below. Closing date: 13th March 2015

      The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment. The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

  • 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

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