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SMB Digest  February 10, Volume 16  Issue 6
ISSN 1086-6566

Editor: Ray Mejía ray(at)smb(dot)org

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Issue's Topics:
   Symposium: HORTIMODEL2016, Abstract Submission Deadline is 15 February
   Call for Abstracts: CNS*2016
   Second Call for Abstracts: AREADNE 2016, 22-26 June, Santorini, Greece
   REU: Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation's Capital
   Support Available for Activities at NIMBioS
   Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS, January-February 2016
   Free Live Keystone Symposia Neuroscience Webcast Feb 11
   Postdoctoral Research: Computational Analysis of Genome Replication
   Postdoc: Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology, Paris_CNRS
   Postdoctoral Scholar Position: Computational Biology and Genomics
   Postdoc Position: Biomedical Data Scientist, Harvard Medical School
   Postdoc & Programmer Positions: EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling..
   Postdoc Position: Mathematics, North Carolina State University
   Council Summary, Financial Management Plan, T32 Supplements Webinar ...
   SMBnet Reminders


From: valentina baldazzi <valentina.baldazzi@paca.inra.fr>
Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 6:02 AM
Subject: Symposium: HORTIMODEL2016, Abstract Submission Deadline is 15 February

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to remind you that the symposium website of the V International
Symposium on "Models for plant growth, environment control and farming
management in protected cultivation" (HORTIMODEL2016) is open for submission
and registration.

Hortimodel2016 will be held in the prestigious Popes' Palace in Avignon
France, from 19 to 22 September 2016.

Please note:

- The Abstract Submission Deadline is 15 February 2016.

- Early registrations are open until April 15, 2015.

We are also glad to announce that students from south countries can apply
for a free registration to the symposium (upcoming details on the website).

For more information about Hortimodel's scopes, keynotes and venue, please
check out https://colloque.inra.fr/hortimodel2016

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of Hortimodel2016, we would like
to thank you for your participation and anticipated contribution to this
symposium and we are looking forward to welcome you in Avignon.

Please do not hesitate to disseminate the information throughout your network!


From: Sharon Crook <Sharon.Crook@asu.edu>
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 5:58 PM
Subject: Call for Abstracts: CNS*2016


Organization for Computational Neurosciences (OCNS)
CNS 2016
25th Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting
Jeju Island, South Korea
July 2-7, 2016

The main meeting (July 3-5) will be preceded by a day of tutorials (July 2)
and followed by two days of workshops (July 6-7).

Invited Keynote Speakers:
Nicolas Brunel, University of Chicago, USA
Mitsuo Kawato, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, Japan
Tatyana Sharpee, Salk Institute, USA

Registration opened on January 13, 2016. Abstract submissions are now
being accepted and will close on February 28. Workshop proposals are now
being accepted.

Note that one of the authors must register as sponsoring author for the
main meeting before abstract submission is possible. In case the abstract
is not accepted for presentation, the registration fee will be refunded.

For up-to-date conference information, please visit


From: John Pezaris <john@areadne.org>
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 12:07 PM
Subject: Second Call for Abstracts: AREADNE 2016, 22-26 June, Santorini, Greece

Research in Encoding and Decoding of Neural Ensembles
Nomikos Conference Centre, Santorini, Greece
22-26 June 2016


Dear Colleague,

We would like to remind you that abstracts for poster presentation at
AREADNE 2016 are coming due shortly.

AREADNE 2016 will once again bring scientific leaders from around the
world to present their theoretical and experimental work on the functioning
of neuronal ensembles in an informal yet spectacular setting, and with a
relaxed pace that emphasizes interaction.

Please see the Call for Abstracts for additional details, including links
for templates, at


Submissions of abstracts for poster presentations are due by ***12 Feb
2016***; notifications will be provided by 15 March 2016. We strongly
encourage potential attendees to submit an abstract as presenters have
registration priority.

UK-based students and post-docs should have a look at our scholarships page
http://areadne.org/scholarships for important news about available support.

For information about the conference, please refer to the main web page


or send email to us at info@areadne.org.

We hope to see you at AREADNE 2016!

- J.

p.s. Note that the schedule for DENDRITES 2016 (www.dendrites2016.gr),
to be held in the nearby island of Crete, nicely dovetails with AREADNE 2016.


From: Shweta Bansal <sb753@georgetown.edu>
Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 5:06 PM
Subject: REU: Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation's Capital

REU Site: Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation's Capital
Georgetown University
Summer 2016

We anticipate that Georgetown University's Research Experience for
Undergraduates (REU) Site program - Environmental Science and Policy in
the Nation's Capital - will be funded by a grant from the National Science
Foundation (award is pending).  This ten-week program will bring a cohort
of ten students to Washington DC to conduct research in environmental
science at Georgetown University and to take part in a mini-curriculum that
explores the intersections of science and policy.  Participating research
mentors have expertise in fields including ecology, conservation biology,
evolutionary genetics, mathematical modeling, hydrology, statistics for
environmental studies, and earth science. See research descriptions on the
program web site, and contact your mentor of interest.

The 2016 program will run from May 31 - August 5. Students will be housed
on campus and will receive a $5250 stipend plus an allowance for food. We
are striving for a diverse group, so students from populations typically
underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of
applications will begin on February 15, 2016 until all positions are filled.

For more information on the program and to apply, visit:

For inquiries, contact the program manager Dr. Manus Patten
(mmp64@georgetown.edu), the principal investigator Dr. Matthew B.
Hamilton(matthew.hamilton@georgetown.edu), or co-principal investigator
Dr.  Martha Weiss (weissm@georgetown.edu).


From: Catherine Crawley <ccrawley@nimbios.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 2:34 PM
Subject: Support Available for Activities at NIMBioS

Deadline Approaching! Support Available for Activities at the National
Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis

March 1, 2016 is the deadline for requests for support for Working Groups,
Investigative Workshops, and Sabbatical Fellowships for activities
beginning fall 2016 at the National Institute for Mathematical and
Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). All areas of research at the interface
of biology and mathematics will be considered, but we are especially
interested in activities expanding beyond the areas of research supported
to date. Potential organizers of activities in areas of molecular biology,
cell biology, network biology, immunology and systems biology are particularly
encouraged to submit requests for support of Working Groups or Investigative
Workshops. NIMBioS, located at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is
an NSF-sponsored initiative to foster interdisciplinary research at the
interface between mathematical and biological sciences. The institute's
mission is to cultivate cross-disciplinary approaches in mathematical
biology and to develop a cadre of researchers who address fundamental and
applied biological problems in creative ways. Additional support for NIMBioS
comes from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. More details are posted
at http://www.nimbios.org/research/support

Related Links:
NIMBioS Working Groups http://www.nimbios.org/workinggroups/
NIMBioS Investigative Workshops http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/
Sabbaticals http://www.nimbios.org/visitors/sabbatical


From: (NIMBioS) <newsletter@nimbios.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 10:31 AM
Subject: Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS, January-February 2016



From: <keystonesymposia@keystonesymposia.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 10:07 PM
Subject: Free Live Keystone Symposia Neuroscience Webcast Feb 11



From: Omer Dushek <omer.dushek@path.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 9:58 AM
Subject: Postdoctoral Research: Computational Analysis of Genome Replication

Computational Analysis of Genome Replication with Conrad Nieduszynski (Oxford).

The advertisement for the computational
post-doc position in my group is now out:
It's an exciting project. I'm looking for candidates that hold (or
shortly receive) a PhD or equivalent involving a high level of numeracy,
e.g. engineering, mathematics, physics or computer science. No prior
biological knowledge is required, but an interest is essential!


From: Florence Debarre <florence.debarre@normalesup.org>
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 11:48 AM
Subject: Postdoc: Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology, Paris_CNRS

Postdoc position in theoretical evolutionary ecology in Paris (France)

A postdoc position, funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR),
is available to work with Florence Débarre in the SMILE group (Stochastic
Models for the Inference of Life Evolution), at Collège de France in Paris
(France). We are an interdisciplinary research group gathering evolutionary
biologists, probabilists, and bioinformaticians; our lab is located in the
Latin Quarter in Paris.

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc interested in developing
mathematical and computational models of evolution, to explore various aspects
of the effects of environmental heterogeneity and population subdivision on
local adaptation and diversification.  Background (or a strong interest) in
evolutionary biology / ecology and strong quantitative skills are required
for the position.

The position can start on April 15th 2016 or later. It is initially for 1
year, but can be renewed twice. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the position.

*To apply:*
If you are interested in this position, please send a CV, a 1-page
description of your research interests and motivation, and the contact
details of potential references (all in one single pdf) to Florence Débarre
( florence.debarre@college-de-france.fr ).
Review of applications will start on February 15th but will continue until
the position is filled.


From: Gabriel Kreiman <gkreiman@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 8:47 AM
Subject: Postdoctoral Scholar Position: Computational Biology and Genomics

Applications are invited from enthusiastic, innovative and talented
researchers for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in Computational Biology
and Genomics in the Kreiman lab (Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical
School). The goal of this project is to build quantitative models to
understand biological coding mechanisms, with a particular emphasis in
shedding light on the biological circuits responsible for transcriptional
and translational control. The research efforts will examine and exploit the
synergistic interactions between computational models and high-throughput
dynamic quantification of gene expression and peptide levels.

Please visit http://klab.tch.harvard.edu and for a list of recent
publications. The postdoc will be part of an enthusiastic and intellectual
vibrant community of researchers. The position is funded for 2 years, with
an initial one-year appointment and expectation of extension contingent on
progress. The start date is negotiable. Successful candidates are expected to
have a PhD in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or a related discipline
with a strong quantitative background. To be considered for this position,
please send a CV to Gabriel.kreiman@tch.harvard.edu


From: Smith, Aimee <Aimee_Smith@hms.harvard.edu>
Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 8:54 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Biomedical Data Scientist, Harvard Medical School

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? Chirag Patel's Group at the
Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School is looking
for a data engineer to build cutting-edge platforms and data infrastructure
to enable large-scale data-driven research to address this question. We
aim to integrate diverse data sources from geotemporal information (e.g.,
NOAA Weather Data, EPA AirData), individual genomic sequence, social media
data, and health claims information to paint a comprehensive picture of
individuals who are sick and healthy.

First, the Biomedical Data Scientist Postdoctoral Associate will aggregate
publicly available data sources from numerous sources. The Data Scientist
will apply 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.

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

Preferred qualifications 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 not
required, but awesome. Experience in hacking with cloud technologies (e.g.,
Amazon, Hadoop) is also awesome. Experience with geographical information
systems (GIS), including google maps, ArcGIS would honestly make us cry
in joy.

The position is available immediately and can be renewed annually.

How to apply
Email applications including curriculum vitae, summary statement of personal
objectives, and 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.


From: Terry, John <J.Terry@exeter.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Subject: Postdoc & Programmer Positions: EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling..

EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare: 3 post-doctoral positions
                    plus a scientific programmer available

Funded by a £2M award from EPSRC, this is an exciting opportunity to join
the University of Exeter within the newly established EPSRC Centre for
Predictive Modelling in Healthcare. We are currently recruiting a second
cohort of 3 post-doctoral researchers and 1 scientific programmer. Post 1
would suit people with a background in excitable systems (e.g. arising in
nonlinear dynamical systems or PDEs). The other two research posts would
suit people with a background in dynamical systems, complex network theory,
or uncertainty quantification and parameter inference, who have a strong
focus on applications in electrophysiology or neuroendocrinology / diabetes
respectively. Each of these positions will be for three years in the first
instance. Candidates who secure external Fellowship funding during their time
within the Centre will further be considered for a proleptic Lectureship
appointment (e.g. a permanent academic position at the conclusion of their

1) Research Fellow in Mathematical Modelling of Excitable Dynamics

2) Research Fellow in Mathematical Modelling of Clinical Electrophysiological

3) Research Fellow in Neuroendocrine Modelling and Analysis

A fourth role as a scientific programmer, whose primary focus will be on
the development of prototype clinical decision support tools (that build on
the fundamental research arising from the Centre) is also available. This
position is for 42 months in the first instance:

4) Scientific Programmer


The Centre is currently supported by over £6M in research funding, presenting
the successful applicant with the exciting prospect of joining a vibrant
group of 2 Professors, 2 senior lecturers, 1 MRC Career Development Fellow,
1 lecturer, 1 MRC Skills Development Fellow, 6 Wellcome Trust ISSF Funded
Research Fellows, 8 post-doctoral researchers and 10 PhD students, with
further permanent academic, post-doctoral staff and PhD researchers joining
in the coming 12 months.

The closing date for these posts is 1st March 2015, with interviews carried
out during mid-late March. The positions are available from 1 July 2016
(or earlier by arrangement).

Starting salary up to £35,256 on the University's Salary Band F.

Please note the need to submit a CV, covering letter outlining how the
essential criteria for the role are satisfied, and a recent publication,
as a single PDF attachment.


From: Hien Tran <tran@ncsu.edu>
Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 1:47 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Mathematics, North Carolina State University

The Mathematics Department at North Carolina State University
invites applications for one two-year postdoctoral position
[http://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/8529] beginning Fall 2016. The
position is renewable for a third year, conditional on satisfactory
progress and availability of funding. We are seeking exceptionally well-
qualified individuals with research interests compatible with those in
the department. Candidates must have obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics or a 
closely related field prior to the start date, and must demonstrate research 
excellence, strong oral and written communication skills, and a commitment
to effective teaching. In addition to research, the postdoctoral researcher
will teach two courses per academic year. The Department of Mathematics has
strong research programs in both pure and applied mathematics. Many members
of the department participate in interdisciplinary programs and research
groups on campus and in the broader Research Triangle community. More
information about the department can be found at http://www.math.ncsu.edu.

To submit your application materials, go to 
http://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/ncsu. Include a vita, at least three letters of 
recommendation, and a description of current and planned research. Write 
to math-jobs@math.ncsu.edu for questions concerning this position.

North Carolina State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative 
Action Employer, and welcomes all persons without regard to sexual 

Applications received by March 31, 2016 will be given priority. However, 
we will begin considering applications immediately and will continue to 
review applications until the position is filled.


From: Dieffenbach, Ann (NIH/NIGMS) [E] <DIEFFENA@nigms.nih.gov>
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 3:07 PM
Subject: Council Summary, Financial Management Plan, T32 Supplements Webinar ...


--Advisory Council Open Session Summary

--FY 2016 Financial Management Plan

--T32 Administrative Supplements Webinar

--Funding Opportunity



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