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SMB Digest  October 12, Volume 16  Issue 41
ISSN 1086-6566

Editor: Wandi Ding: ding.smb.digest(at)gmail(dot)com

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Issue's Topics:
   NIMBioS Live Stream: Mathematics: It's Knot..., Oct 27
   PhD Short Course: Life2Math, Milano Italy, Nov 14-18 
   CfP: Conference: TPNC, Dec 12-13
   Multiscale Biology Study Group, U of Birmingham, Dec 12-15 
   Keystone Symposia: Biobetters & Biologics..., Jan 22-26, 2017
   MBI Workshop: Women Advancing Mathematical..., April 24-28, 2017
   Conference: VipIMAGE, Porto, Portugal, Oct 18-20, 2017
   NSF: Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII)
   NIMBioS Bi-Monthly News
   PhD Position: Computational HIV Immunology..., U of Zurich   
   Postdoc Position: Modelling of Biofilm, U of Dundee
   4 Postdoc Positions: Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM)
   Postdoc Position: Planetary Health, Harvard U
   Postdoc Position: Population Genetics..., Georgetown U 
   Tenure-Track Positions: Computational Biology, U of Colorado
   Tenure-Track Position: Assistant Professor of Statistics, UMKC
   Faculty Positions: College of Engineering, UIUC
   SMBnet Reminders


From: Catherine Crawley <ccrawley@nimbios.org>
Date: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 10:18 AM
Subject: NIMBioS Live Stream: Mathematics: It's Knot..., Oct 27

Mathematics: It's Knot What You Think! A Virtual Math Meet-Up for 

Live stream from 5:30-7 p.m. EDT, Thursday, October 27, 2016

Join two inspiring mathematicians ? Mariel Vazquez, 2016 Blackwell-Tapia 
Award Winning Mathematician from the University of California-Davis, and 
Jose Perea of Michigan State University, to learn about the fascinating 
field of topology, the mathematical study of properties preserved through 
deformations, twistings, and stretchings of objects. Experts in their field, 
Vazquez and Perea will discuss their career paths and the exciting 
applications of their work in pure mathematics, medicine, computers, 
engineering and more! This free event will be streamed live, accompanied 
by a live chat on Twitter using #nimbios. Visit 
http://www.nimbios.org/videos/livestream to connect. 
Your host: the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 


From: Riccardo Sacco <riccardo.sacco@polimi.it>
Date: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 11:44 AM
Subject: PhD Short Course: Life2Math, Milano Italy, Nov 14-18 

it is a pleasure and a great honor for me to inform you that in the week 
November 14th - November 18th 2016, the PhD Course:


will take place at the Dipartimento di Matematica, Politecnico di Milano, 
Milano Italy.

LIFE2MATH is a unique blend of theoretical, computational and experimental 
models in Life Sciences and
is primarily offered to all students of the PhD School of Politecnico.
Theoretical lectures will be held by worldwide recognized scientists in 
the areas of Molecular Biology, Clinical Research in Ophthalmology, 
Mathematical and Computational Modeling in Biomechanics, Mechanobiology 
and Electronics. 

For more detailed information on the course program and for registration 
(without fee), you are welcome to connect to the link:


In the hope that LIFE2MATH may represent a concrete occasion of cultural 
advancement, interdisciplinary development and international interaction, 
we look forward to meeting all of you at the Dipartimento di Matematica 
of Politecnico di Milano, Italy in the days 14 to 18 November of this year.


From: GRLMC <grlmc@grlmc.com>
Date: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 2:09 AM
Subject: CfP: Conference: TPNC, Dec 12-13

The 5th International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Natural 
Computing (TPNC 2016) invites researchers to submit poster presentations. 
TPNC 2016 will be held in Sendai (Japan) on December 12-13, 2016. See


Poster presentations are intended to enhance informal interactions with 
the conference participants, at the same time allowing for in-depth 


From: Rosemary Dyson <R.J.Dyson@bham.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 11:24 AM
Subject: Multiscale Biology Study Group, U of Birmingham, Dec 12-15  

A quick reminder that registration is currently open for the forthcoming 
Multiscale Biology Study Group at the University of Birmingham 12th-15th 
December http://web.mat.bham.ac.uk/D.Smith/StudyGroup.htm. This event, 
funded by the POEMS network and the UK Multi-Scale Biology Network, will 
bring together biologists and clinicians with mathematicians to tackle 
research questions posed by the experimentalists, following the successful 
blueprint of the Mathematics in Medicine and Mathematics in the Plant 
Sciences Study Groups (see http://www.maths-in-medicine.org/ and 

Registration is free for UK-based researchers, and covers accommodation 
and subsistence for participants during the week. Limited travel funding 
may be available on a case-by-case basis. Accommodation at the Ibis 
Birmingham New Street can only be guaranteed for participants registering 
before the 14th October. Any queries should be directed to 
r.j.dyson@bham.ac.uk. Interested mathematics researchers at all levels 
are encouraged to attend.

The call for problems is currently open, if you know of any experimental 
researchers who may be interested, please direct them to 
http://web.mat.bham.ac.uk/D.Smith/StudyGroup.htm for further details.


From: <keystonesymposia@keystonesymposia.org>
Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 5:37 PM
Subject: Keystone Symposia: Biobetters & Biologics..., Jan 22-26, 2017



From: Rebecca Segal <rasegal@vcu.edu>
Date: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 2:04 PM
Subject: MBI Workshop: Women Advancing Mathematical..., April 24-28, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the workshop "Women Advancing 
Mathematical Biology: Understanding Complex Systems with Mathematics"
which will be held at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute on April 
24-28, 2017. Applications received by December 10, 2016 will receive 
priority. This workshop will tackle a variety of biological and medical 
questions using mathematical models to understand complex system dynamics. 
Working in collaborative teams of 4-5, each with a senior research mentor, 
participants will spend a week making significant progress with a research 
project and foster innovation in the application of mathematical, 
statistical, and computational methods in the resolution of significant 
problems in the biosciences.

For more information on the workshop and application instructions go to: 


From: "João Manuel R. S. Tavares" <tavares@fe.up.pt>
Date: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 2:14 PM
Subject: Conference: VipIMAGE, Porto, Portugal, Oct 18-20, 2017

We are pleased to announce the International Conference VipIMAGE 2017 - 
PROCESSING (http://www.fe.up.pt/vipimage) to be held in October 18-20, 
2017, in Axis Vermar Conference & Beach Hotel, Porto, Portugal.


From: Henry Warchall <hwarchal@nsf.gov>
Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 6:47 PM
Subject: NSF: Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII)

An NSF funding opportunity update is now available:

Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII)

Please see


for details.


From: (NIMBioS) <newsletter@nimbios.org>
Date: Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Subject: NIMBioS Bi-Monthly News

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) 
bi-monthly news:



From: Roger Kouyos <roger.kouyos@uzh.ch>
Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 3:23 AM
Subject: PhD Position: Computational HIV Immunology..., U of Zurich

PhD position: Computational HIV Immunology and Epidemiology at the 
University of Zurich.

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD-Student with a strong 
quantitative/computational background to work on a project at the interface 
of bioinformatics, virology, evolutionary biology, and the immunology of 
HIV. The project is based on unique genomic, immunological and clinical 
data from the Swiss HIV Cohort Study (http://www.shcs.ch) and the Zurich 
Primary HIV Study (http://www.viralinfectiousdiseases.uzh.ch/ZPHI.html). 
The project will combine computational modeling with the analysis of 
complex clinical and immunological data in order understand HIV 
transmission and especially the role of the immune response in limiting 
transmission. Overall, this interdisciplinary work will provide insights 
into the clinical and epidemiological impact of immune diversity with 
implications for vaccine design but also an ideal real-world, clinically 
relevant example for evolution in action.

The candidate should have in addition to a strong computational background, 
skills to deal with complex and diverse data, and a strong interest in 
infectious-diseases and evolution. The PhD student will carry out his 
project in the context of the University of Zurich?s Research Priority 
Program "Evolution in Action: From Genomes Ecosystems" 
(http://www.evolution.uzh.ch/en.html) and the Swiss HIV Cohort Study 
(http://www.SHCS.ch). These collaborations represent the ideal setting for 
this project since they provide the necessary clinical and evolutionary 
background. The student will work on a range of specified research 
projects, but will also be highly encouraged and expected to develop and 
investigate his/her own research questions. 

The applicant should hold a Masters degree in a discipline relevant to the 
project (e.g. Evolutionary Biology, Epidemiology, Statistics, Mathematics, 
Biomedical Sciences, Physics, Computer Science). The PhD will take place 
within the 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 (supervision: Roger Kouyos). 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 at the 
University of Zurich, and the Institutes of Theoretical Biology and 
Computational Biology at the ETH Zurich.

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


From: Fordyce Davidson (Staff) <f.a.davidson@dundee.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 8:12 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Modelling of Biofilm, U of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Modelling of Biofilm)

An exciting opportunity for a mathematical modeller/computational physicist 
to work in a multidisciplinary team on bacterial biofilms in one of 
Europe's strongest life sciences research environments.

Bacterial biofilms have a profound significance in both in infections and 
in biotechnological applications.

A major award has been made by the UK science agency BBSRC (the 
Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council) to a team led by Professor 
Nicola Stanley-Wall that has been carefully assembled to combine skills in 
molecular microbiology and biofilm formation rheology, optical imaging, 
protein self-assembly, biopolymers, mathematical modelling, and 
carbohydrate chemistry that will lead to a complete quantitative 
description of a bacterial biofilm.

The successful applicant for this specific post will work with Prof 
Stanley-Wall and Prof Fordyce Davidson to develop an enhanced understanding 
of the physico-mechanical properties of the biofilm matrix through a 
combination of mathematical modelling and laboratory experiments. The 
applicant will work in collaboration with the other researchers in the 
consortium to place this information into an overarching model of biofilm 
structure, function and dynamics.

A background in mathematical modelling using a range of computational 
techniques is essential and candidates with experience in modelling 
mechanical properties of soft matter are particularly well-suited.  
Experience in conducting laboratory experiments would be ideal but not 
necessary. However, a willingness to learn and engage across disciplines 
is essential and relevant training will be provided.

This position is available for 3 years in the first instance.

How to apply:

To apply on-line please visit: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/jobs

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to 
equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and 
inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including 
flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; 
and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award 
(http://www.dundee.ac.uk/about/athenaswan/) which recognises the 
promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing 
inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented 


From: Miguel A. Benitez <benitez@bcamath.org>
Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 11:31 AM
Subject: 4 Postdoc Positions: Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM)

BCAM, the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics http://www.bcamath.org 
whose mission is to develop high quality interdisciplinary research in the 
frontiers of Applied Mathematics, has opened the following positions:

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations

Postdoctoral Fellowship in CFD Computational Technology: Cloud HPC

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Modelling in Biosciences

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Fluid Mechanics

Deadline for submission: November 4th, 2016, 14:00 [UTC/GMT + 1 hour]. All 
applications must be submitted on-line at: http://www.bcamath.org/en/research/job

We kindly ask you to distribute this call among colleagues and potential 
candidates. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you need further 
information: recruitment@bcamath.org

Aditionally, we would like to announce that the PhD International Call La 
Caixa 2017 will be opened shortly, planned on November 7, 2016. The call 
will offer up to 57 PhD grants at Severo Ochoa Excellence Research Centers. 
The call will be open to students of any nationality. All the information 
about this call will be published at the website 

Finally, the M2SI group of the University of the Basque Country that 
collaborates with BCAM in the "Simulation of Wave Propagation" research 
line is searching for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational and 
Applied Mathematics: Efficient simulation of geophysical electromagnetic 
measurements using a dimensionally adaptive high-order finite element 
method. The postdoctoral fellow will work on the development of a parallel 
implementation of a dimensionally adaptive high-order finite element 
software that is capable of efficiently combining 1D, 2D, and 3D subdomains 
within the same wave propagation problem. Deadline for applications: 
Oct 15th, 2016. More info: http://www.cimne.com/cvdata/cntr2/dtos/img/mdia/People/Postdoctoral-Position-UPV-EHU.pdf


From: Christopher Golden <chrisgolden05@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 12:44 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Planetary Health, Harvard U

Hello, I wanted to send along a post-doctoral fellowship opportunity here 
at Harvard University that I am helping to administer. The fellowship is 
for residence at Harvard to work with faculty member(s) of their choice 
and to do independent research in the field of planetary health, a topic 
recently framed as a new discipline in global health 
Those interested can visit the Planetary Health Alliance website 
(http://planetaryhealthalliance.org/) for more details on the field. We 
will accept two post-doctoral fellows each year for the next two years so 
please keep this opportunity in mind.

The application can be found here:


From: Judith Miller <Judith.Miller@georgetown.edu>
Date: Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 1:40 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Population Genetics..., Georgetown U 

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the mathematical modeling of 
population genetics of invasive species. The successful candidate should 
have a strong background in mathematical analysis as well as programming 
experience and demonstrated interest in developing biological models. 
The postdoctoral fellow should have a Ph.D in mathematics, applied 
mathematics or mathematical biology and good writing skills. Interested 
applicants should submit a CV, short statement of interest, and names and 
contact information for three references to Prof. Judith Miller at 
Judith.Miller@georgetown.edu, with "Postdoctoral fellowship" in the 
subject line. 

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer 
fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified 
candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for 
employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, 
national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other 
categories protected by law. 


From: Emilia Costales <emilia.costales@colorado.edu>
Date: Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 10:25 AM
Subject: Tenure-Track Positions: Computational Biology, U of Colorado 

Multiple Tenure-Track Professor Positions in Computational Biology at the 
University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute.

The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder is pleased 
to announce a new faculty hiring initiative in Computational Biology. We 
are building a community of scientists and engineers focused on 
ground-breaking research at the intersection of the biological sciences and 
computer science. Through a partnership of the BioFrontiers Institute
(https://biofrontiers.colorado.edu/) and the Department of Computer Science 
in the College of Engineering and Applied Science
we will recruit multiple faculty at the assistant, associate and full 
professor ranks for tenure-track positions in computational biology, 
broadly defined. We seek creative, highly motivated individuals who will 
thrive in our interdisciplinary research environment and who will build new 
research collaborations across disciplines. Each new faculty member will 
develop an independent, internationally recognized research program that 
is synergistic with other programs of the University of Colorado community. 
We encourage applications from groups of scholars who are interested in 
co-locating in Boulder.

Duties will include research, teaching and service. Candidates must have a 
Ph.D. and a demonstrated commitment to teaching at undergraduate and 
graduate levels. Faculty hired through this initiative could hold a Marvin 
H. Caruthers Endowed Chair for Early Career Faculty for a period of three 
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2016. All applications 
received by November 1 will receive full consideration. Review of 
applications will continue until the positions are filled. The 
University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all final 
applicants. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, the 
University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education 
and employment and sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples.
Application materials are accepted electronically at 


From: Vaidya, Naveen K. <vaidyan@umkc.edu>
Date: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 11:21 AM
Subject: Tenure-Track Position: Assistant Professor of Statistics, UMKC

Assistant Professor of Statistics

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Missouri 
- Kansas City (UMKC) invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track 
assistant professor position in Statistics to begin on August 15, 2017. 
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, or a related 
field prior to August 31, 2017. While all research areas will be 
considered, statisticians whose research is focused on biostatistics, 
bioinformatics, biomedical big data analysis, or Bayesian statistical 
methodology are especially encouraged to apply. 

Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and 
must demonstrate strong potential to succeed in both teaching and research. 
The selected candidate for this position will contribute to the 
Department's efforts of enhancing collaborative research in the spirit of 
the University's interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Responsibilities of this 
position include advising students, conducting research in statistics 
and/or biostatistics, teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics 
courses, and providing service to the field, the Department, the College 
of Arts and Sciences, and to the University.

UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer 
that is fully committed to maintaining a diverse faculty and staff.

UMKC recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches 
the educational experiences of the entire campus and the greater community. 
In support of this objective, UMKC is committed to recruiting and retaining 
faculty, staff, and students who will further enrich our campus diversity 
and making every effort to support their academic, professional, and 
personal success.

Application Instructions:
Applications are accepted only via online submission. To apply, please go 
to the UMKC job postings website and search for position number ID # 21242. 
Please upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae (CV), a statement of 
teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations (where applicable), a research 
statement, and a list of three references and their full contact 
information. In addition, please have your references send their 
recommendation letters(one of which should address teaching effectiveness) 
directly to the following email account: statfacsearch@umkc.edu.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2016 and will continue 
until the position is filled.


From: Marnie Bantilan <m.bantilan@jobtarget.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM
Subject: Faculty Positions: College of Engineering, UIUC

Faculty Positions (All Ranks), Department of Mechanical Science and 
Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign (95601338)

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of 
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for multiple faculty 
positions in all ranks. Emphasis is on the areas of (i) manufacturing and 
(ii) energy and sustainability; however, excellent candidates will be 
considered in all areas related to mechanical science and engineering. 
Successful candidates are expected to teach at the undergraduate and 
graduate levels, establish and maintain active research programs, and 
provide service to the department, the university, and the profession.

The department has top-ranked graduate and undergraduate programs in 
mechanical engineering, engineering mechanics, and theoretical and applied 
mechanics. Our faculty and students have access to world-class 
interdisciplinary opportunities, including extensive state-of-the-art 
facilities housed on campus. These facilities include the Frederick Seitz 
Materials Research Laboratory, the Beckman Institute, the Coordinated 
Science Laboratory, the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, the National 
Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Carver Biotechnology Laboratory 
and the Institute for Genomic Biology. Information about the department 
can be found at http://www.mechanical.illinois.edu.

Senior qualified candidates will also be considered for tenured full 
professor positions as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs 
Initiative, which is backed by a $100-million gift from the Grainger 
Foundation. More information regarding this unique opportunity can be found 
at http://graingerinitiative.engineering.illinois.edu.

A doctoral degree is required, and salary is commensurate with 
qualifications and experience. Applications received by December 4, 2016, 
will receive full consideration. Early applications are encouraged. 
Interviews may take place before the given date; applications received 
after that date may be considered until positions are filled. The expected 
start date of a position offered/accepted through this search is August 16, 
2017, but other start dates will be considered.

Applicants should create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu
A complete application includes curriculum vitae, teaching and research 
statements, cover letter, and the names and contact information of four 
references. Applicants should submit this information in .pdf format. All 
requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered. 

For further information regarding application procedures, please address 
questions to: mechse-facultyrecruiting@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois has an active and successful dual-career partner 
placement program with strong commitment to work-life balance and family-
friendly programs for faculty (http://provost.illinois.edu/worklife/index.html).

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job 
candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


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