Subject: Society for Mathematical Biology Digest

SMB Digest  November 30, Volume 16  Issue 48
ISSN 1086-6566

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

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Issue's Topics:  
   Dr. Santiago Schnell Elected to AAAS
   To Join or Renew your Society for Mathematical Biology Membership
   CAIMS Distinguished Lecture in Math Biology: Nov 30
   Workshop: Math Methods for Complex..., U of Birmingham, Dec. 6
   CfA: Workshop, Species' Range Shifts in a..., NIMBioS, May 3-5
   Workshop: Teaching Computational Science at ICCS, June 12-14
   CfP: Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School, UK, July 17-21
   Keystone Symposia: April 2017 Conferences
   COST Action CA15120 Open Multiscale Systems Medicine 
   PhD Positions: Modelling Stochasticity..., U of Edinburgh
   PhD Position: Bioinformatics, U of Exeter Medical School
   PhD Positions: Applied Math, Probability & Statistics, NJIT
   Postdoc Position: Social-Ecological Modelling, SRC
   Postdoc Position: Network Science, U of Nottingham
   Postdoc Position: Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)
   Postdoc Position: Infectious Disease Modelling, U of Bern
   Postdoc Position: ICTP-SAIFR/ São Paulo, Brazil
   Postdoc Position: Phylodynamics and Infectious..., Stockholm U
   Postdoc Position: Biological Computation, Bar-Ilan U, Israel
   Postdoc Position: Math and Statistical Ecology: U Glasgow
   Faculty Position: Mathematical Biology, U of Bath
   SMBnet Reminders


From: Amina Eladdadi <eladdadi@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 5:47 PM
Subject: Dr. Santiago Schnell Elected to AAAS

The Society for Mathematical Biology is very pleased to announce that
Dr. Santiago Schnell, the current president of SMB, was elected fellow of 
the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) under the
mathematics division.

Dr. Santiago Schnell, professor of molecular and integrative
physiology and computational medicine and bioinformatics in the
Medical School, was honored for his distinguished contributions to the
field of mathematical biology, particularly for the theoretical
modeling of complex biochemical reactions and optimal estimation of
their rates.

The full list of 2016 AAAS Fellows Honored for Advancing Science to
Serve Society can be found here:

Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of
Science is the world's largest general scientific society, and
publisher of the journal Science. This year's fellows is formally
announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science Nov.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Santiago Schnell for this
honorable AAAS Fellowship!


From: Santiago Schnell <schnells@umich.edu>
Date: Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 11:34 AM
Subject: To Join or Renew your Society for Mathematical Biology Membership

There's no better time than now to join or renew your Society for 
Mathematical Biology membership. Your membership renewal allows you access 
to several career development resources and networking opportunities but 
most importantly, you will be supporting the growth of mathematical biology 
today and tomorrow.

Your 2017 membership will also give you the ability to have a voice in the 
Society's activities. The Society for Mathematical Biology membership fees 
are among the lowest for scientific societies. To join online go to 

To renew online go to http://smb.org/membership/memberprofile.shtml

Please also considering donating to the Society for Mathematical Biology.


From: Rebecca Tyson <rebecca.tyson@ubc.ca>
Date: Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 5:25 PM
Subject: CAIMS Distinguished Lecture in Math Biology: Nov 30

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society Annual 
Distinguished Lecture in Mathematical Biology is being delivered at UBC 
Okanagan and online on Nov 30th, noon-1pm PST. The speaker is Professor 
Michael Bonsall, Professor of Mathematical Biology at Oxford University, UK.  
The title and abstract of his talk are given below. The link to attend his 
lecture online is:

https://vidyoreplay.computecanada.ca/replay/webcastShow.html?key=yoSEJDHwtEtD919 .

Spatial ecology: the role of Allee effects and stochasticity on species 

It is now well established that species persistence is enhanced by 
considering broader spatial phenomena. In this talk I will explore some 
recent work we have done on Allee effects and stochastic dynamics. I will 
begin by introducing recent theoretical work, using integro-difference 
approaches, to determine patch size dynamics for persistence before 
discussing work on Allee effects in British butterfly populations. I will 
then highlight, with some theoretical and empirical developments, recent 
developments to understand stochastic dynamics using our bruchid beetle 
metapopulation system. Throughout the talk I will aim to emphasize the 
generality of our findings beyond the specific theoretical or empirical 


From: Petrovskiy, Sergei (Prof.) <sp237@leicester.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 6:17 AM
Subject: Workshop: Math Methods for Complex..., U of Birmingham, Dec. 6

One-day workshop: "Mathematical Methods for Complex Ecological Systems"
(University of Birmingham, December 16, 2016)

This is the fifth of the META series of workshops (Mathematical Ecology: 
Theory and Applications) co-organised by Natalia Petrovskaya, Edward 
Codling and Sergei Petrovskii and supported by the London Mathematical 

Attendance is free and everybody is welcome. No pre-registration is 
required, but expressions of interest and/or intentions to attend are 

For more details, please visit
or contact Natalia Petrovskaya at n.b.petrovskaya@bham.ac.uk


From: Catherine Crawley <ccrawley@nimbios.org>
Date: Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:38 AM
Subject: CfA: Workshop, Species' Range Shifts in a..., NIMBioS, May 3-5

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) 
is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, "Species' 
Range Shifts in a Warming World," to be held May 3-5, 2017, at NIMBioS.

Application deadline: February 1, 2017

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_rangeshifts


From: Shiflet, Angela B. <ShifletAB@wofford.edu>
Date: Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 7:55 PM
Subject: Workshop: Teaching Computational Science at ICCS, June 12-14

This year the International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2017) 
will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, June 12 ? 14, and The Workshop on 
Teaching Computational Science: http://webs.wofford.edu/shifletab/iccs/
will focus on education. We hope you will consider submitting a paper for 
the workshop or the conference. The abstract and paper submission 
deadlines are December 16, 2016. 


From: Giuseppe Nicosia <nicosia@dmi.unict.it>
Date: Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 3:16 AM
Subject: CfP: Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School, UK, July 17-21

4th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School - SSBSS 2017
* Biology meets Computer Science & Engineering *
July 17-21, 2017 - University of Cambridge, Robinson College, UK


The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-
immersion five-day residential summer school at the Robinson College - 
University of Cambridge - UK on cutting-edge advances in systems and 
synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The 
school provides a stimulating environment for students (from Master 
students to PhD students), Post-Docs, early career researches, academics 
and industry leaders. Participants will also have the chance to present 
their results (with Oral Talks and Posters), and to interact with their 
peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

Application: March 31, 2017
Notification Acceptance: April 10, 2017
Oral Presentation/Poster Submission: March 31, 2017
Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: April 10, 2017


SSBSS - Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School Group: 

Computational Synthetic Biology Group: 


From: <keystonesymposia@keystonesymposia.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Subject: Keystone Symposia: April 2017 Conferences

Below are upcoming deadlines for Keystone Symposia April 2017 conferences.



From: Paolo Tieri <paolo.tieri@cnr.it>
Date: Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 8:17 AM
Subject: COST Action CA15120 Open Multiscale Systems Medicine 

COST Action CA15120 Open Multiscale Systems Medicine OpenMultiMed 
( http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15120 ) aims at gathering a critical 
mass of international researchers and coordinating them as a team that 
develops and evaluates a transdisciplinary framework for multiscale systems 
medicine, consisting of novel concepts, methodologies and technologies.

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are exchange visits aimed at 
supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and 
fostering collaboration between researchers.

The first OpenMultiMed STSM call has been published, please check 
for further details and application process.


From: GRIMA Ramon <Ramon.Grima@ed.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 12:05 PM
Subject: PhD Positions: Modelling Stochasticity..., U of Edinburgh

PhDs Positions in modelling stochasticity in biology, Centre for Synthetic 
and Systems Biology at the University of Edinburgh, UK

Two (2) PhD studentships are available for highly motivated students to 
join our dynamic research team. Details of the group's research activities 
can be found here http://grimagroup.bio.ed.ac.uk/index.html

The projects are broad in scope and focus on (i) developing novel 
approximation methods to study the stochastic dynamics of biological 
systems and (ii) modelling spatial stochastic biochemical kinetics inside
single cells. 

The projects are ideal for candidates with a 1st class or second class 
upper mathematics or physics undergraduate degree or a Masters degree and 
a strong interest in modelling biological systems. Programming skills are 
desirable but not necessary. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to email directly the supervisor Dr. 
Ramon Grima ramon.grima@ed.ac.uk

Details of the studentships including how to apply can be found here 

Deadline for applications is 5 Dec. Late applications maybe considered in 
some cases. 


From: Hannon, Eilis <E.J.Hannon@exeter.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 10:02 AM
Subject: PhD Position: Bioinformatics, U of Exeter Medical School

Applying novel bioinformatic and computational approaches to explore the 
regulatory genomic consequences of genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's 

The University of Exeter Medical School is seeking to attract PhD 
candidates of outstanding ability to join their exciting and rapidly 
expanding programme of internationally rated research.

Academic Supervisors: Professor Jonathan Mill (j.mill@exeter.ac.uk) and 
Dr Eilis Hannon (e.j.hannon@exeter.ac.uk).

The closing date for application is Monday 16th January 2017. Interviews 
for shortlisted applicants will be held on Monday 30th January 2017.

Full details and how to apply can be found here:



From: Horacio G. Rotstein <horacio@njit.edu>
Date: Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 11:23 AM
Subject: PhD Positions: Applied Math, Probability & Statistics, NJIT

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at New Jersey Institute of 
Technology (NJIT) is inviting candidates to apply to one of our doctoral 
program tracks: 

(1) Applied Mathematics or 
(2) Applied Probability & Statistics.

The Department's research focus spans Mathematical Biology, Computational 
Neuroscience, Wave Propagation, Fluid Dynamics, Materials Science, 
Scientific Computing, and Applied Probability & Statistics, including 

Several projects involve interdisciplinary collaborations with experimental 
scientists in other institutions both in the US and abroad, including 
Rutgers University.

Teaching and research assistantships are available, and include a full 
tuition waiver and a competitive stipend.

Applications are due December 15, 2016, but this is a soft target date: 
applications will be accepted and ongoing review will continue until end 
of January 2017 or until all available positions are filled.

For more information, please email us (math@njit.edu, CC to:
matveev@njit.edu, rmoore@njit.edu) or visit our websites:

* PhD Program Details:

* PhD Admissions Information:

* On-line application portal:

* Advertisement flyer:

* NJIT Department of Math Sciences homepage:


From: Steven Lade <steven.lade@su.se>
Date: Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 12:06 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Social-Ecological Modelling, SRC

Postdoctoral Fellows in Social-Ecological Modelling

The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is a leading international centre in 
sustainability science for biosphere stewardship. Two postdoctoral 
fellowships in Social-Ecological Modelling are available at the SRC, 
focusing on modelling poverty traps and on cross-scale interactions and 
transformations. Closing date: 7 December 2016.

Job advertisement: 

For more information about the Centre see http://www.stockholmresilience.su.se

NB: The advertisement lists a requirement for < 3 years since PhD. This 
requirement may be flexible, especially for the position funded through 


From: Stephen Coombes <Stephen.Coombes@nottingham.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 3:45 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Network Science, U of Nottingham

We are pleased to announce a three year fellowship position to work with 
Professor Stephen Coombes and Dr Rüdiger Thul on an EPSRC funded project 
entitled "Threshold Networks". The central aim of the project is to 
develop a new mathematical framework for understanding the emergent 
behaviour of networks built from nodes described by non-smooth dynamical 

Closing Date: Wednesday, 4th January 2017

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Stephen Coombes email: 
stephen.coombes@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent 
directly to this email address will not be accepted.

For further information and details of how to apply visit:



From: Tony Nance <tony@mbi.osu.edu>
Date: Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 8:19 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)

Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) is accepting applications for 
Postdoctoral Fellows to start September 2017. 

MBI postdoctoral fellows engage in a two-year integrated program of 
tutorials, working seminars, workshops, and interactions with their 
mathematical and bioscience mentors. These activities are geared 
toward providing the tools to pursue an independent research program 
with an emphasis on collaborative research in the mathematical biosciences. 
MBI facilitated activities are tailored to the needs of each postdoctoral 

Applying for an MBI Postdoctoral Fellowship: 

Applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship completed before December 5, 
2016 will receive full consideration. 

Applications for an MBI Postdoctoral Fellowship should be submitted 

For additional information please contact Rebecca Martin 
( rebecca@mbi.osu.edu or 614-688-3519 ) or visit 


From: <christian.althaus@ispm.unibe.ch>
Date: Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Infectious Disease Modelling, U of Bern

Postdoctoral position in infectious disease modelling, University of Bern, 

A PDF of the job announcement can be found on our website: 


From: Roberto André Kraenkel <robertokraenkel@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: ICTP-SAIFR/ São Paulo, Brazil

The ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research (ICTP-SAIFR) 
is accepting post-doc applications in several areas. Note that there are 
positions in Complex Systems including applications to biology. Candidates 
from the broad are of Mathematical-Biology are welcome to apply in this 

More details at


From: Federica Giardina <federigia@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 6:48 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Phylodynamics and Infectious..., Stockholm U

The Department of Mathematics at Stockholm University announces a PostDoc 
position in Phylodynamics and infectious disease dynamics.

Further information about the position can be obtained here: 
or from the Head of the Department, Tom Britton, tom.britton@math.su.se
telephone +46 8 16 45 34, Jan Albert, jan.albert@ki.se, telephone: 
+46 8 5177 9471, or Thomas Leitner, tkl@lanl.gov, telephone: 
+1 505 667 3898.


From: Hillel Kugler <hkugler@hotmail.co.uk>
Date: Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 2:18 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Biological Computation, Bar-Ilan U, Israel

Postdoctoral Position - Biological Computation

Host: Dr. Hillel Kugler
University: Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Application Deadline: 31/01/2017

Research Topics:
We invite researchers for a postdoctoral position to join a research 
program on designing new biological computing devices. The selected 
candidates will work with Dr. Hillel Kugler on the theory and modeling 
tools, with opportunities to collaborate with several experimental groups 
that will be developing and designing the underlying methods and 
technology, as part of a new 5-year European Project. This is a full-time, 
two-year, appointment with possibility of extension, subject to excellent 
performance. Funds for attending scientific meetings and research expenses 
will also be provided, including options for longer term visits at our 
collaborators labs. Starting date is flexible. For more details please 
contact Hillel Kugler at hillelk@biu.ac.il

Duration: Two-year
Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or they are about to graduate) in Computer 
Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or Biology (with strong 
computational skills). To submit your application, please send an updated 
CV with a list of publications, at least 2 letters of recommendation and 
a cover letter to hillelk@biu.ac.il


From: Christina Cobbold <christina.cobbold@glasgow.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 9:44 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Math and Statistical Ecology: U Glasgow

Fellowship in Mathematical and Statistical Ecology at University of 
Glasgow, Ref: 015287

Salary Range: GBP33,943 - 48,327 per annum

The University of Glasgow is currently seeking applicants for its Lord 
Kelvin Adam Smith (LKAS) fellowships scheme in the area of Mathematical 
and Statistical Ecology. The scheme includes salary and research budget, 
and offers the opportunity to establish and develop an independent 
research career. This is a 3 year research fellowship with possible 
opportunities for continuing post at the end of the 3 years.

We are seeking candidates working in any area of statistical or 
mathematical ecology whose research has a strong focus on integrating data 
with theoretical approaches. The successful candidate will be based in the 
School of Mathematics and Statistics but work closely with the Boyd Orr 
Centre for Ecosystem and Population Health (winner of a Queen's 
Anniversary Prize 2013) (http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/boydorr/) and 
the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine as 
part of an initiative to strengthen the interdisciplinary research 
currently underway between the School of Mathematics & Statistics and the 
Life Sciences within the University of Glasgow.

More information about the fellowship scheme can be found at 

The application form can be found http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/jobs/vacancies/  
by entering reference no. 015287.

The deadline for applications is Monday 9 January 2017.

For informal discussions about the post or ongoing research activities at 
the university please feel free to contact me at


From: Ben Adams <B.Adams@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 7:46 AM
Subject: Faculty Position: Mathematical Biology, U of Bath

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath is 
seeking to appoint a Professor in the research area of mathematical 
biology. Applications are welcome in any area of mathematical biology. 
The appointee will provide strategic leadership for mathematical biology 
at a departmental level and across the institution where collaborative 
activity has traditionally been facilitated through the Centre for 
Mathematical Biology. The appointee should also have a strong interest in 
pursuing excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and in 
supervising graduate students. The University of Bath is an equal 
opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with 
staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations we 
welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

More details: https://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=SF4447

Closing date: 9 January 2017.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Professor Paul Milewski
(p.a.milewski@bath.ac.uk), Dr Ben Adams (b.adams@bath.ac.uk) or
Dr Jane White (k.a.j.white@bath.ac.uk)


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