SMB Digest Volume 17 Issue 42

SMB DIGEST ISSN 1086-6566
VOLUME 17 ISSUE 42
OCTOBER 26, 2017
This issue’s editors:

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Issue’s Topics:
Meeting: BaMBA 2015, Nov.18, UCSF
MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium October 18
Conference: ANTS, Swarm Intelligence, Oct 29-31, 2018, Rome
The Sixteenth Bellman Prize
MS & PhD Positions: Mathematical Cryobiology, U of Saskatchewan
PhD Position: Experimental/Comp. Neuroscience, NJIT/Rutgers U
PhD Position: Disease Modeling/Epidemiology, U Notre Dame
Postdoc Position: Cancer Genomics, City of Hope Cancer Institute
Postdoc Position: Spatio-Temporal Modeling, Georgetown & UGA
Postdoc Position: Network Modeling, Georgetown U
Faculty Positions: Mathematics, U of British Columbia
Faculty Position: Applied Mathematics, North Dakota State U
SMBnet Reminders

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From: Javier Arsuaga <jarsuaga@ucdavis.edu>
Date: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 12:20 PM
Subject: Meeting: BaMBA 2015, Nov 18, UCSF

BaMBA is a one-day meeting aimed at creating a fairly informal
atmosphere to explore the role of mathematics in biology. Going beyond
traditional applied mathematics, the topics include applications of
algebraic, topological, statistical and computational methods. The goal
is to encourage dialogue between researchers and students from
different disciplines to promote the open exchange of scientific ideas
and viewpoints.

Participation in BaMBA is free and open to everyone, but registration
is required. Attendance is limited to 200 participants. The registration
deadline is Monday November 13th, 2017. Undergraduates, graduates, and
postdocs involved in mathematical and computational investigations of
biological systems are invited to submit an abstract for a poster
presentation.

Location: Genentech Hall, UCSF
Date: November 18th, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
URL: bambameeting.org

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From: Tony Nance <tony@mbi.osu.edu>
Date: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:02 AM
Subject: MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium October 18

MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium
Wednesday October 18, 2017 at Noon Eastern Time

John Tyson (Computational Cell Biology, Virginia Tech)

Network Dynamics and Cell Physiology

Details of how to participate can be found on the National Colloquium
webpage below. To view this live event you will need to register on
the event page. You may register at any time:

mbi.osu.edu/go/n/colloquium

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From: ANTS Conference <ants.conf@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 4:39 PM
Subject: Conference: ANTS, Swarm Intelligence, Oct 29-31, 2018, Rome

ANTS 2018
Eleventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
October 29–31, 2018. Rome, Italy
Up-to-date information at www.swarm-intelligence.eu/ants2018/

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From: Voit, Eberhard O <eberhard.voit@bme.gatech.edu>
Date: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 5:49 PM
Subject: The Sixteenth Bellman Prize

Every two years, an international committee of experts in mathematical
biology selects one outstanding article that had been published in
Mathematical Biosciences during a recent two-year time period, which
in this case included 2014 and 2015. The award honors the memory of
Richard Bellman, the founder and first editor-in- chief of the journal,
and carries a cash award of $1,250. This year’s prize is particularly
special, as Mathematical Biosciences is celebrating its 50th
Anniversary. The Bellman Prize epitomizes the successful application
of rigorous mathematics and computation to a highly pertinent
biological phenomenon. This year, it recognizes the article Harvest
timing and its population dynamic consequences in a discrete single-
species model (Math. Biosci. 248:78-87, 2014), which was authored by
Begoña Cid, Eduardo Liz and Frank M. Hilker. The article addresses the
topic of timing interventions in populations, which can be crucial in
the management of seasonally reproducing species and is relevant for a
range of harvesting activities from subsistence over recreation and
commercial gain to pest control. The authors consider a harvested
population as a complex nonlinear system, in which the harvest timing
and effort are external parameters that influence the population-level
processes that arise from the (inter-)actions among many individuals
(e.g., birth, death, and competition). The authors’ analysis
demonstrates that for the same effort of harvesting, choosing a
different moment in time not only influences the population size, but
can also radically alter stability properties and extinction risk.

Congratulation to the authors on this achievement!

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From: Benson, James <jdb789@mail.usask.ca>
Date: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 2:03 PM
Subject: MS & PhD Positions: Mathematical Cryobiology, U of Saskatchewan

Multiple Master’s and Ph.D. positions in interdisciplinary mathematical
cryobiology.

The URL is artsandscience.usask.ca/cdprofile/download.php?fileid=190

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From: Horacio G. Rotstein <horacio@njit.edu>
Date: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 7:04 PM
Subject: PhD Position: Experimental/Comp. Neuroscience, NJIT/Rutgers U

PhD Position in Experimental and Computational Neuroscience

Federated Department of Biological Sciences
Rutgers University / New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Applications are to work in joint projects of the research groups led by
Profs. Horacio G. Rotstein and Jorge Golowasch that address the problem
of the relationship between intrinsic/network neuronal variability and
stability of neuronal activity.

Additional information (including contact information) can be found in
web.njit.edu/~horacio/Positions_PhD_RotsteinGolowaschGroups-2018.html

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From: Alex Perkins <taperkins@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 8:19 PM
Subject: PhD Position: Disease Modeling/Epidemiology, U Notre Dame

The Perkins Lab at the University of Notre Dame is seeking exceptional
students interested in studying diverse topics related to the
epidemiology, ecology, and evolution of vector-borne pathogens. Research
activities in the lab involve the use of a wide range of mathematical,
statistical, and computational tools to address basic and applied
research topics, including
(1) forecasting spatiotemporal variability in pathogen transmission and
disease incidence,
(2) leveraging pathogen genetic data to make inferences about pathogen
spread,
(3) coupling mathematical models with empirical studies of vaccines and
vector control, and
(4) blending modeling and experiments to understand and mitigate the
evolution of vector resistance.

Interested applicants should email the PI, Alex Perkins, at
taperkins@nd.edu after seeking more information at
perkinslab.weebly.com. Top applicants will have prior experience
in research and a demonstrated commitment to learning new quantitative
and computer programming skills.

Funding is guaranteed via a mixture of research and teaching
assistantships for 5 years. The University of Notre Dame offers
excellent benefits, a full tuition waiver, and a generous stipend
(~$29K for 2017). A variety of fellowship opportunities are open to top
applicants. For more information regarding the Biology Graduate Program,
see biology.nd.edu and graduateschool.nd.edu. The deadline
for receipt of all application materials for the PhD program is
December 1, 2017.

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From: Fred Adler <adler@math.utah.edu>
Date: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 6:27 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Cancer Genomics, City of Hope Cancer Institute

Cancer Genomics Staff Scientist

Position Summary and Key Responsibilities:

A STAFF SCIENTIST position is available immediately with Dr. Andrea
Bild (bildlab.org/; www.cityofhope.org/andrea-bild) at
the City of Hope Cancer Institute, CA in the field of cancer genomics.
We are seeking researchers to work with a multi-disciplinary team in a
creative and collaborative environment consisting of computational and
lab biologists, as well as physicians, to develop computational
approaches to understand the progression and metastasis of breast and
ovarian cancers from unique clinical samples. We are funded as one of
nine U54 NCI Cancer Systems Biology Consortium centers in the US, and
have extensive collaborations across the country:
www.cancer.gov/about-nci/organization/dcb/research-programs/csbc
The successful applicant will have experience in working with next
generation sequencing data (e.g. somatic variants, gene expression, copy
number) to dissect the molecular drivers of the disease. Experience
with single cell analysis is a plus.

The Staff Scientist series is designed for career research professionals
whose primary function is to support the research infrastructure and
activities of the institution. Staff Scientists will bring special
skills, knowledge and experience to research programs or institutional
core laboratories.

To Apply
Please send a CV, a brief statement of research interests and why you
are interested in our research program, and contact information for
three references to Dr. Andrea Bild (abild@coh.org). IMPORTANT: please
include the words “Cancer Genomics Staff Scientist” in the subject line
of the email. Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

To join our group, we are looking for highly motivated individuals
that have demonstrated scientific productivity, excellent communication
skills, and the capacity to conduct independent research. We are
interested in applicants with a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computer
Science, Statistics, Math, or comparable experience.

The Staff Scientist must possess, at a minimum, the U.S. equivalent
bachelors or masters degree in an appropriate discipline, and will often
have a Ph.D. or other doctoral level degree.

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From: Shweta Bansal <sb753@georgetown.edu>
Date: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 9:47 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Spatio-Temporal Modeling, Georgetown & UGA

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions in spatio-
temporal modeling of childhood diseases and vaccine refusal behavior .

Description:
Applications are invited for postdoctoral work on an NIH-funded project
on spatio-temporal modeling of childhood diseases and vaccine refusal
behavior in the United States. This position will be based in the group
of Shweta Bansal (bansallab.com) at Georgetown University or the
group of Pej Rohani (rohanilab.ecology.uga.edu/) at the
University of Georgia.

Successful applicants will develop mathematical and statistical models
using highly-resolved disease and behavior data to infer behavioral
processes and model transmission. The ideal candidate has a PhD in
statistics, applied mathematics, EEB or another highly quantitative
field, with previous experience in spatial modeling and epidemiology of
childhood diseases highly preferred. Candidates should demonstrate a
track record of publication; have strong organizational, written, and
oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and
as part of a collaborative team.

Initial appointments will be for one year, with possible renewal up to
two additional years depending on progress. The salary will be in the
range of $48,000-54,000 per year (depending on experience), plus fringe
benefits. Candidates from underrepresented minority groups are strongly
encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a detailed CV, a brief statement
of research interests, and names and contact information for three
references to Shweta Bansal (e-mail: shweta.bansal@georgetown.edu). The
cover letter should discuss a possible start date and a preferred
location. Review of applications will begin immediately and will
continue until the post has been filled.

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From: Shweta Bansal <sb753@georgetown.edu>
Date: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 9:49 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Network Modeling, Georgetown U

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in network
modeling of ants and other wildlife.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate
position at the interface of behavior and disease. This position will
be funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and will be
based in the group of Shweta Bansal (bansallab.com) at
Georgetown University, in close collaboration with the group of David
Hughes (www.hugheslab.com/) at the Center for Infectious
Disease Dynamics at Penn State University. Successful applicants will
develop mathematical and statistical network models using (highly-
resolved) contact network data to infer behavioral and transmission
processes. We are interested in individual-level and social feedback
of disease on behavior (disease-induced behavior change; social
immunity), and in the development of dynamic network methods that
detect and predict this feedback.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in statistics, applied mathematics,
computer science, network science, ecology or another highly
quantitative field, and experience in statistical or dynamical
modeling of networks. Experience in disease ecology is highly preferred,
but not necessary. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of
publication; have strong organizational, written, and oral communication
skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a
collaborative team.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a detailed CV, a brief statement
of research interests, and names and contact information for three
references to Shweta Bansal (e-mail: shweta.bansal@georgetown.edu). The
cover letter should discuss possible starting dates. Review of
applications will begin immediately and will continue until the post has
been filled.

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From: Daniel Coombs <coombs@math.ubc.ca>
Date: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 8:16 PM
Subject: Faculty Positions: Mathematics, U of British Columbia

The Mathematics Department at the University of British Columbia
(Vancouver) seeks out standing candidates for one position, subject
to funding, at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level, with a
starting date of July 1, 2018. A PhD or equivalent in mathematics or
a related discipline is required; postdoctoral experience is normally
expected.

The successful applicant will have outstanding mathematical talent,
evidenced by a superior research record. Demonstrated success and
high potential are required in both research and teaching.

The priority research area is Applied Stochastics, Mathematical
Biology, or the Mathematics of Information. Exceptional candidates
from existing or emerging areas of research excellence in the
department may also be considered. Joint appointments with other UBC
departments may be possible.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as described at

www.mathjobs.org/jobs/UBC/

In order to ensure full consideration, applications should be received
by November 15, 2017.

For more information see www.math.ubc.ca.

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From: Artem Novozhilov <artem.novozhilov@ndus.edu>
Date: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:13 AM
Subject: Faculty Position: Applied Mathematics, North Dakota State U

North Dakota State University invites applications for a tenure-track
position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of
Mathematics to begin on August 16, 2018.

The required qualifications are: a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics with
focus on Optimal Control and Estimation; a strong record or demonstrated
potential for high quality research; evidence of and potential for
effective teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate
level; a commitment to departmental and university service; and
effective oral and written communication skills.

www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/10999

We shall begin screening applicants on November 10, 2017. Please see
our webpage at www.ndsu.edu/math.

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