Issue's Topics: Society for Mathematical Biology Meeting 2018 - Start planning! MBI Undergraduate Capstone Conference, 7-11 Aug, Ohio Sixth International Conference on..., 20-22 Oct, Arizona Call for participation in a survey on appointment procedures at universities WIREs Syst Biol Med Content Alert: 9, 4 (July/August 2017) PhD position: Mathematical modelling of pesticide absorption, Bath PhD position: Mathematical modeling of drug action in malaria, UNSW Postdoc: Systems biology of converging signal..., Penn State Postdoc: Viral and Bacterial Infection Modeling, Tennessee Postdoc: Multiscale modeling of viral infection, NC State SMBnet Reminders
Start planning now to attend. Sydney is an international city, set on beautiful Sydney Harbour with lots to see and do. The conference will be held in modern facilities at the historic University of Sydney and the conference dinner will be at Luna Park on the waterfront at the foot of the Harbour Bridge. Come and contribute to an interesting and diverse meeting of SMB and JSMB. We look forward to welcoming you to Australia next year!
From: Tony Nance <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 2:25 PM Subject: MBI Undergraduate Capstone Conference, 7-11 Aug, Ohio
2017 MBI Undergraduate Capstone Conference August 7-11, 2017, MBI, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
The MBI Capstone Conference offers undergraduate student researchers in the mathematical biosciences and related areas an opportunity to present their work on the national stage.
This student centered conference features:
A recruitment fair for graduate studies Panels on jobs and graduate opportunities Keynotes from prominent researchers * Zachary Kilpatrick, University of Colorado ? Evidence accumulation in changing environments: Neurons, organisms, and groups * Molly Maleckar, Allen Institute ? Open science: how the Allen Institute for Cell Science wants to revolutionize cell biology * Catherine Stein, Case Western Reserve University ? Novel human genetic approaches to studying tuberculosis resistance A social event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Talks and posters by student researchers
Applications submitted by July 20, 2017 will receive full consideration. There is no registration fee. Funding for travel or lodging is limited and generally expected to come from the students' home institution.
From: Graf, Laura <email@example.com> Date: Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 6:26 PM Subject: Call for participation in a survey on appointment procedures at universities
As part of the research project "The many faces of academic success" at the Technical University of Munich (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF), we are conducting a survey on appointment procedures at universities. The purpose of the survey is to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of appointment decisions. In particular, we are interested in the question of whether there are similarities and differences in appointment preferences among countries and scientific fields as well as between junior and senior scholars.
In the course of the survey, you will take part in a hypothetical appointment procedure for a tenured professorship. You assume the role of a member of an appointment committee and state your preferences for different candidates. Participation in the survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Please, click on the following link to access the survey (or copy the link into your browser): https://faces.sawtoothsoftware.com
We would greatly appreciate it if you could take part in our survey and express your personal opinion on appointment procedures at universities. All participants have the opportunity to win an Apple Watch Series 2 or a pair of Bose QuietControl 30 wireless headphones. In addition, we will be happy to send you a summary of the results of the survey. Of course, the collected data will be treated in strict confidence and used only for research purposes.
If you have any questions about the survey or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Best regards, and thank you very much in advance for your help, Laura Graf, Jutta Stumpf-Wollersheim, Isabell M. Welpe
From: Jane White <K.A.J.White@bath.ac.uk> Date: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:58 AM Subject: PhD position: Mathematical modelling of pesticide absorption, Bath
Pesticide usage remains globally widespread despite concerns over environmental and health impacts and so understanding how to make effective products that minimise negative impact is a significant and important problem. There are many aspects to the problem. One that may not be immediately obvious is how to create pesticide products that are highly effective on the agricultural crop but which are safe to be handled by workers. For example, pesticide sprays need to be developed so that they penetrate leaf surfaces effectively but are not well absorbed into the skin.
This project is about creating and analysing a series of mathematical models that can be used to compare and contrast pesticide absorption through leaf surfaces and human skin and to begin to understand how different pesticide components contribute to the optimal solution of high leaf, but negligible skin, penetration. Working with colleagues from Syngenta means that there will be data available to estimate model parameters and to validate the model outputs.
The project is closely linked to the SAMBa CDT (http://www.bath.ac.uk/math-sci/postgraduate/samba) and the successful student will have access to the wide range of opportunities offered within that CDT and, more widely, within the Department of Mathematical Sciences. There will be many opportunities to participate in research workshops, attend conferences and to meet with colleagues from Syngenta to discuss progress with the project.
Informal enquiries: Dr K A Jane White (lead supervisor) email@example.com Anticipated start date: 2 October 2017.
Early application is strongly recommended as the position will be filled once a suitable candidate is found.
Funding Notes: The successful candidate will receive a studentship covering Home/EU tuition fees, an tax-free stipend at the RCUK rate (£14,553 per annum, 2017-18 rate) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for a period of up to 4 years. Note: Only UK and EU applicants are eligible for the studentship; unfortunately, applicants who are classed as Overseas for fee-paying purposes are NOT eligible for the funding.
From: Miles Davenport <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 5:24 AM Subject: PhD position: Mathematical modeling of drug action in malaria, UNSW
Widespread use of antimalarial drugs has significantly reduced deaths and infections from malaria over the last decade. However, resistance to most common antimalarial drugs threatens this progress. This project involves mathematical modeling of clinical and experimental data on parasite dynamics after treatment with antimalarial drugs. This will provide insight into the action of anti-malarial agents - how drugs affect parasite replication, and how the human host removes parasites from circulation. This will be used to predict the effects of novel drugs and drug combinations in controlling malaria infection.
From: Reka Albert <email@example.com> Date: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 7:57 PM Subject: Postdoc: Systems biology of converging signal..., Penn State
We seek a postdoc to join a collaborative project between Prof. Reka Albert (Physics) and Prof. Sally Assmann (Biology) at the Pennsylvania State University. The project will integrate computational analysis (by graph theoretical and dynamic modeling methods) and experimental investigation to develop dynamic models of convergent signal transduction pathways in plant biology. The specific setting will be plant guard cells, epidermal cells that enclose microscopic pores, stomata, through which plants take up CO2 and, inevitably, lose water. In response to the plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA; an indicator of drought and other stresses), and to elevated concentrations of CO2 (the substrate for photosynthesis), complex signaling networks are activated in guard cells that drive stomatal closure. The Albert and Assmann groups have a strong track record of collaboration in this field (e.g. PLOS Biol. 2006, PLOS Comp. Biol. 2014). The postdoctoral associate will build on this foundation to construct a network model of guard cell ABA and CO2 signaling. (S)he will also develop graph theoretical and combinatorial logic methods to describe convergent and overlapping directed networks, with implications for the general phenomenon of cross-talk in biological systems.
The ideal candidate should have experience with network analysis and dynamic modeling. Requirements include a Ph.D. in Physics, Mathematics, or other quantitative science and experience with modeling biological systems. Due to the collaborative nature of the project, the successful candidate will be an excellent interdisciplinary communicator and team player.
Interested applicants should write to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a CV.
Postdoctoral Research positions are available in the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute for the Study of Host-Pathogen Systems at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, TN. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Amber Smith (https://www.ambersmithlab.com) to develop and analyze mathematical models of the immune response and treatment of respiratory viral and bacterial infections and coinfections. The Smith lab is a combined dry/wet laboratory and has the unique ability to generate robust data sets to train and validate the models and their predictions.
Postdocs will collaborate with computational biologists, virologists, bacteriologists, immunologists, and clinicians within the Smith Lab, across UTHSC, and at neighboring St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital. He/she will develop and analyze dynamical infection models, use parameter estimation to investigate experimental kinetic data, design new experiments, and generate new hypotheses about infection biology.
From: Ruian Ke <email@example.com> Date: Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 3:55 AM Subject: Postdoc: Multiscale modeling of viral infection, NC State
The Ke lab in the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University (NCSU) seeks a post-doc fellow to work on multiscale models for virus infection and novel therapeutic interventions. Currently, two focuses of the lab are on influenza and HIV. For influenza, we are interested in developing multiscale models to understand the functional organization of influenza viruses and derive design principles for novel antiviral therapies. The project will involve modeling the population and evolutionary dynamics of influenza and novel therapies at the intracellular scale and the within-host scale. The other research focus of the lab is on HIV latency and reversal. HIV latently infected cell population is a major barrier to an HIV cure. We are interested in developing mathematical models to understand the dynamics of HIV latently infected cell population especially under novel intervention strategies, such as latency reversal agents and/or immunotherapies. The post-doc will work closely with theoreticians and experimentalists in multidisciplinary teams to interpret data and estimate parameters from datasets generated from collaborating labs. The position is available immediately although the actual starting date is flexible.
To apply, please send a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests and a CV to Ruian Ke (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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