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SMB Digest      May 4, 2016   Volume 16  Issue 18
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Issue's Topics:
    Call for Papers: IEEE T-MBMC Shannon Centennial Special Issue
    12th Guelph Biomathematics & Biostatistics Symposium, June 9, Canada
    Conf.: 2016 SIAM Annual Meeting, July 11-15, USA
    Postdoc: Disturbance Ecology, Penn State, USA
    Postdoc: Biological Modelling, Grenoble, France
    PhD Positions: Mathematical Biology / Medicine, QUT, Australia
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Assoc. Prof. (3 positions), Melbourne, Australia
    Associate Director.., Dana Farber Cancer Institute, USA
    NIH Update
    SMBnet Reminders


From: Peter Thomas <pjthomas@case.edu>
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 4:14 PM
Subject: Call for Papers: IEEE T-MBMC Shannon Centennial Special Issue

Happy Birthday, Claude Shannon!

April 30, 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Claude Shannon, the 
originator of information theory. To honor this occasion the IEEE 
Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multiscale Communications (T-MBMC) 
is soliciting submissions for a special issue on Biological Applications of 
Information Theory. We are happy to announce an extension of the submission 
deadline to June 1, 2016.  

*Submission Instructions*
Submissions will be collected via Manuscript Central, 
In your cover letter, state: "This paper is a submission for the Shannon 
Centennial special issue". For further information, please contact the 
corresponding guest editor, Prof. Peter Thomas (pjthomas@case.edu). 


From: Allan Willms <AWillms@uoguelph.ca>
Date: Mon, May 2, 2016 at 5:01 PM
Subject: 12th Guelph Biomathematics & Biostatistics Symposium, June 9, Canada

The 12th Guelph Biomathematics and Biostatistics Symposium will take place 
on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the University of Guelph. This year's theme is
Spatial Ecology: Applications of the Mathematical Sciences.

Spatial ecology deals with issues such as migration, environmental 
differences, quality of habitat, location of prey and predators, and 
breeding sites, and how all of these aspects affect the populations of
various species. In recent years species distribution modelling has been a 
research area with intense international activity, with increasingly more 
sophisticated methods in spatial statistics being incorporated into the 
modelling approaches. These models have wide applicability in such areas as 
designing and managing nature reserve networks, and predicting the potential 
geographic spread and impact of invasive species. More recently climate 
change has become an issue of interest in spatial ecology since it can 
extend, reduce, or shift the suitable habitat.

*Invited Speakers:*

* Mike Hutchinson, Emeritus Professor, Fenner School of Environment & 
Society, Australian National University
* Dan McKenney, Chief, Landscape Analysis and Applications, Great Lakes 
Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada
* Rebecca Tyson, Associate Professor, Mathematical Biology, University of 
British Columbia Okanagan
* Ben Bolker, Professor, Dept. Mathematics & Statistics, McMaster University
* John Fryxell, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Integrative Biology, 
University of Guelph
* Madhur Anand, Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of 


From: Frank W. Kunkle <Kunkle@siam.org>
Date: Mon, May 2, 2016 at 8:50 PM
Subject: Conf.: 2016 SIAM Annual Meeting, July 11-15, USA

Conference Name: 2016 SIAM Annual Meeting (AN16)
Location: The Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Dates: July 11-15, 2016

Organizing Committee Co-chairs:
* David Gleich, Purdue University, USA
* Mary Silber, University of Chicago, USA

Organizing Committee:
* Kevin Carlberg, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
* Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Arizona State University, USA
* Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research, USA  
* Henk A. Dijkstra, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
* P. Friedlander, University of California, Davis, USA
* Raegan Higgins, Texas Tech University, USA
* Jeremy Kepner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
* C. David Levermore, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
* Rachel Levy, Harvey Mudd College, USA
* Ira B. Schwartz, United States Naval Research Laboratory, USA
* Michael Shearer, North Carolina State University, USA
* Françoise Tisseur, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Invited Speakers:
* Tanya Y. Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
* Freddy Bouchet, ENS de Lyon and CNRS, France
* Lia Bronsard, McMaster University, Canada
* Vittoria Colizza, Inserm, Paris, France
* Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research, USA
* Mark Embree, Virginia Tech, USA 
* Gary Froyland, University of New South Wales, Australia
* Nigel Goldenfeld, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
* Bryan Grenfell, Princeton University, USA 
  (Joint speaker with the SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences)
* Yann LeCun, New York University, USA
* Pablo A. Parrilo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
* Matthew Salganik, Princeton University, USA
* Karen Saxe, Macalester College, USA
* Victoria Stodden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
* Bernd Sturmfels, University of California Berkeley, USA 
  (American Mathematical Society (AMS) Invited Presentation)
* Marc Teboulle, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
* Stefan Wild, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Registration and Program:
Registration and the conference program are now posted at 

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 13, 2016: Disconnect time is Midnight EDT!

Twitter hashtag: #SIAMAN16

For additional information, contact the SIAM Conference Department at 


From: Timothy Reluga <treluga@math.psu.edu>
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 4:47 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Disturbance Ecology, Penn State, USA

A UK-US NSF-NERC joint-funded postdoctoral position is available to study
the interplay between diversity, disturbance and invasion, using 
experimental microcosms to illuminate ecological theory. 

Invasion by alien species represents a major threat to the maintenance of 
the world's biodiversity. Biological invasions also have significant 
economic and environmental impacts on agriculture, epidemiology and 
conservation. Unfortunately, our current understanding of the processes 
involved, and hence our ability to manage disturbed systems, is hampered by 
the large number of interacting factors that can affect invasion. This 
project will examine how biological diversity and environmental 
perturbations interact to affect invasion, using a mix of experiments and 
theoretical research. The project will focus on experimental populations 
of microbes, combined with a related modeling agenda, to study: 1) the 
effect of independent, and combined, manipulation of disturbance and 
diversity on invasion success; and 2) the role of pre-adaptation to 
disturbance regimes in mediating invasion resistance. The postdoc will 
additionally assess the hypothesized importance of pre-adaptation to 
disturbance regimes by assessing invasion success following changes to 
previously established regimes. The project will involve successive 
iterations between these large bacterial community experiments and 
system-specific and general theory. 

Research will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Katriona Shea
(https://kshealab.wordpress.com/) in the Department of Biology at The
Pennsylvania State University, USA, with experimental work conducted in
the laboratory of Dr. Angus Buckling 
(http://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Angus_Buckling) at
the University of Exeter Cornwall campus, UK. Please contact Katriona Shea
(k-shea@psu.edu; +1 814-321-4809) for more information. 

We seek a postdoctoral researcher who has expertise in ecological/
evolutionary modeling with a clear interest in applications to community 
ecology and a strong desire to integrate theory with empirical research. 
A Ph.D. in Quantitative Ecology, Population Biology, Applied Mathematics or 
an equivalent area is required. Expertise in theory for microbial systems 
dynamics, using stochastic analytical and/or simulation population models, 
and empirical expertise in such systems, is highly desirable. 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. 

Interested applicants should apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/61825
with an application, a CV, a 1-2 page statement of research interests that
explicitly describes professional qualifications for this position, and
contact information for three referees. This is a fixed term position
funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of refunding.
Review of applications will immediately and continue until a suitable
candidate is found.


From: Nicolas Glade <nicolas.glade@imag.fr>
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Subject: Postdoc: Biological Modelling, Grenoble, France

A post-doctoral position for one year is available and starts in October 
2016 (deadline for applications is before the end of August 2016) in the 
DyCTiM team of the TIMC-IMAG laboratory, UGA - CNRS (UMR5525) in Grenoble, 

The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in an interdisciplinary research 
that associates computer scientists and applied mathematicians of TIMC-IMAG, 
and biologists of IAB and TIMC-IMAG.

*Project.* The project concerns the mechanisms of cytoskeleton 
reorganizations and crosstalks that drive blood platelet activation. Its 
precise regulation ensures hemostasis and prevents thrombosis. The flat 
shaped disc formed by quiescent platelets is maintained by the marginal band 
(MB), a peripheral ring of microtubules. We have shown recently that the 
initial shape change during platelet activation is due to cytoskeleton 
(microtubules and actin) and motor-driven MB extension inducing MB's coiling 
and consequently its change from a disc to a spherical shape. The 
postdoctoral fellow will develop a biomechanical multi-scale and individual-
based model of microtubules, actin filaments and motors to understand the 
manner the MB forms and reorganizes as the levels of platelet activation 
change (due to microtubule acetylation, molecular motor expression levels...).

*Qualification.* This is an interdisciplinary project in the field of 
complex systems in biology. The fellow will work closely with biologists, 
microscopists and computer scientists.

Only highly motivated candidates with strong skills in computer programming 
(mainly in C++) and a good background in biological (or physical) modelling 
techniques will be considered. The candidate should have proven creativity 
and scientific activity by publications in peer-reviewed journals. Good 
written and oral communication skills are required. A first experience as a 
post-doctoral researcher is qualifying.

Applicants may send a detailed CV (including a publication list and oral 
communications, detailed skills, contact information), a cover letter, and 
two reference letters to Nicolas GLADE (nicolas.glade@imag.fr).


From: Matthew Simpson <matthew.simpson@qut.edu.au>
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 12:50 AM
Subject: PhD Positions: Mathematical Biology / Medicine, QUT, Australia

Scholarships are available for several PhD students to join my research 
group. Projects that cover mathematical biology and mathematical medicine 
are available, and scholarships are suitable for both domestic and 
international students. 

A more complete description of the projects and application procedure can be 
found at www.austms.org.au/Jobs/Scholarship198.html and more details about 
my research group are available at http://mj-simpson.com.


From: advertising-hr <advertising-hr@unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 7:19 AM
Subject: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Assoc. Prof. (3 positions), Melbourne, 

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Pure Mathematics; 
Applied Mathematics; Statistics (3 positions)

School of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, The University of 
Melbourne, Australia

Salary: Level B AUD$92,654 - AUD$110,022 p.a.; Level C AUD$113,496 - 
AUD$130,866 p.a.; Level D AUD$136,658 - AUD$150,555 p.a.; PLUS 17% 
The University plan seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the 
representation of women in areas they have been traditionally under-
represented. Consistent with this, the School of Mathematics and Statistics 
is seeking to increase the representation of women in the academic workforce 
across mathematical disciplines. Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 
12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), the School is seeking to 
lift the representation of women and therefore *will only consider 
applications from suitably qualified female candidates for these three 

The University of Melbourne's School of Mathematics and Statistics is one of 
Australia's leading mathematics and statistics schools. It has achieved this 
status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The 
School offers a wide range of subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate 
students and is involved in aspects of community life that impact on the 
interests of the School and the discipline.

The School is seeking to further enhance its expertise in applied 
mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics, and seeks to appoint suitably 
qualified female candidates in three full-time continuing positions:
* 1 position in Applied Mathematics
* 1 position in Pure Mathematics
* 1 position in Statistics

The School maintains activity in all areas of the mathematical sciences. 
It has research foci in many areas of algebra, analysis, geometry and 
topology, number theory, continuum modelling, mathematical biology, 
mathematical physics, discrete mathematics, operations research mathematical 
and applied statistics including statistical genomics, stochastic modelling 
and probability theory. Applications are invited across these and, moreover, 
in any area of the mathematical sciences.

The successful applicants are expected to:
* lead a vigorous research program in their relevant discipline;
* demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching (teaching will occur within 
the School of Mathematics and Statistics' undergraduate and MSc programs);
* demonstrate a strong commitment to the supervision of research students 
(at undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels);
* undertake administrative tasks for the School.

The three successful candidates will be appointed at either Academic Level 
B, C or D, dependent upon the Selection Panel's assessment of the 
individual's application.

Applicants are asked to please nominate (in the cover letter) which 
discipline they would prefer to be aligned with (Applied Mathematics, Pure 
Mathematics or Statistics). Please note the Selection Panel may exercise its 
discretion to recommend a different alignment.

Clink on this link to watch Professor Aleks Owczarek (Head of School) and 
colleagues discuss these exciting opportunities for suitably qualified women: 

The University of Melbourne provides a wide range of opportunities for 
exciting research collaborations within the School, wider University, as 
well as externally. Learn more about Research at The University of Melbourne: 

The University of Melbourne has been accepted as a pilot institution in the 
Science in Australia Gender Equality (SAGE) pilot of Athena Swan in Australia. 
To learn more about this program, click on the links below:

Enquiries only to: Professor Aleks Owczarek, Tel +61 3 8344 7887, 
Email owczarek@unimelb.edu.au
Close date:  31 July 2016
For position information and to apply online go to http://go.unimelb.edu.au/k6da


From: Marnie Bantilan <m.bantilan@jobtarget.com>
Date: Tue, May 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM
Subject: Associate Director.., Dana Farber Cancer Institute, USA

Job Title: Associate Director for Scientific Operations, Center for Cancer 
Evolution - Sr Scientist
Company Name: Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02101

*About Dana-Farber*
Located in Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world 
renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, 
allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related 
diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in 
a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive 
care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; 
we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved 
members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other 
Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals. 

The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, 
compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the 
understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and 
related diseases.
Our Core Values are:
* Impact - Above all else, we make a difference by relieving the burden of 
disease now and for the future through our research, clinical care, 
education, outreach and advocacy.
* Excellence - We pursue excellence relentlessly and with integrity in all 
that we do, adhering always to the highest standards of conduct.
* Compassion and respect - For those in our care and for one another.
* Discovery - We foster the spirit of inquiry, promoting collaboration and 
innovation across traditional boundaries while celebrating individual 

Reports to: Director of Scientific Operations
Role and Responsibilities: The Associate Director for Scientific Operations 
will work closely with the Director to fulfill the scientific mission of the 
CCE. The principal mission of the CCE is to develop and validate mathematical 
modeling strategies of tumor evolution and treatment response, and eventually 
utilize these strategies to identify best therapeutic intervention. We will 
investigate the treatment response of cancer cells and their 
microenvironment, develop novel mathematical frameworks describing the 
evolutionary dynamics of tumor progression and treatment response that are 
parameterized using the experimental systems, and predict and validate 
optimum intervention strategies that will ultimately be implemented as 
prospective clinical trials. The Associate Director for Scientific Operations 
will have responsibility for furthering the daily research operations of the 
Center. In addition, the Associate Director for Scientific Operations will 
have oversight responsibilities for the CCE's scientific mission and will, 
jointly with Center Leadership, supervise the Postdoctoral Fellows. More 
specifically, he/she will have the following responsibilities:
* Support the Director in setting the scientific direction and the 
operational priorities for the Center.
* Create mathematical models and statistical/bioinformatic analysis platforms 
in a variety of contexts such as evolutionary dynamics of cancer and cancer 
progression, treatment responses and treatment optimization and implement 
them in the scope of the Center's research.
* Direct and facilitate collaborative projects
* Assist in grant and manuscript preparation and develop fundraising material 
for the Center.
* Prepare reports and give presentations as needed.
* Attend at least one conference/meeting per year related to the activities 
of the Center.

The Associate Director will be designated a Senior or Principal Research 
Scientist and as such must fulfill the Dana-Farber requirements for this 
title. In addition, the Associate Director must fulfill the following 
* PhD level education with proven work experience in his/her respective 
field of endeavor.
* Background in applied or pure mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics or 
computational biology; an interest in cancer biology and a work experience 
in probability theory and statistics are necessary.
* Ability to work with senior level academic track scientists both within 
and outside his/her lab.
* Ability to manage research databases.
* Extensive knowledge of mathematical modeling and evolutionary theory as 
related to cancer, biostatistics methods and bioinformatics software, and 
the ability to create novel analysis platforms
* Strong management and supervisory skills.
* Excellent computer, analytical and writing skills.

*How to Apply*
Please apply directly online at 
Click Search Job Openings and use the Job ID number to quickly locate the 
appropriate job listing. Once you have located the desired job, click on the 
checkbox in the 'Select' column, and then click the 'Apply Now' button, 
located at the bottom of the screen.
DFCI Employees please apply directly through PeopleSoft Self Service. Sign 
on to PeopleSoft and navigate to Main Menu > DFCI Careers.

*Equal Employment Opportunity*
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms 
the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for 
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or 
expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, 
disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or 
other groups as protected by law.
Apply Here: http://www.Click2Apply.net/rchm6v5xb9


From:  NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD) <ExtramuralNexus@mail.nih.gov>
Date: Mon, May 2, 2016 at 10:49 AM
Subject: NIH Update

Citations per dollar as a measure of productivity; assignment request form 
in FORMS-D; updating school/department info in eRA Commons; new podcast on 
writing your vertebrate animal section



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