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August 2, 2017


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Issue's Topics:
         Conference: ECMTB 2018, July 23-27, Lisbon
         CfP: Immune Computation, Accepted Papers in IEEE Proceedings
         Activities Support: NIMBioS, U Tennessee
         NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program Panelist Registration
         NIH: Selected Intramural Research & Job Openings, Aug 2017
         SMBnet Reminders


From: Maira Aguiar <>
Date: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 4:51 AM
Subject: Conference: ECMTB 2018, July 23-27, Lisbon

ECMTB 2018 (

The 11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology
(ECMTB 2018) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 23 to 27 July, 2018.
The venue is the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and its
research centre CMAF-CIO will host the event. This will be a main event
European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB) and
the European Mathematical Society (EMS). For that reason, ECMTB 2018
will, for the first time, be a joint ESMTB-EMS conference and will be
co-organized by SPM (Portuguese Mathematical Society).

We invite all researchers and students interested in Mathematical and
Theoretical Biology and its applications to join us on this exciting
conference! Registrations are now open on the Conference webpage Applications to Minisymposia, Contributed
Talks and Posters are also opened and the corresponding abstract
templates are available on the webpage.


Minisymposia application are now open!
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Acceptance Notification: January 15, 2018

Abstract submission for contributed talks and posters are now open!
Deadline: February 20, 2018
Acceptance Notification: April 2, 2018 

Payment of registration fees:
If you wish to benefit from the early bird lower fees, please register
before April 15, 2018. To stay updated on the latest news on the ECMTB
2018, follow us at


From: Mario Pavone <>
Date: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 5:00 AM
Subject: CfP: Immune Computation, Accepted Papers in IEEE Proceedings

2017 IEEE Symposium on Immune Computation (IEEE IComputation' 17)
Part of the IEEE Symposium Series of Computational Intelligence
(IEEE SSCI 2017)

NEWS: the best accepted papers will be considered for a special issue in
Swarm and Evolutionary Computation journal, Elsevier.

Accepted papers will be published in IEEE proceedings

Important Dates
Full paper submission due: August 7, 2017
Notification to authors: September 4, 2017
Final paper submission: October 1, 2017


From: Catherine Crawley <>
Date: Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 8:23 AM
Subject: Activities Support: NIMBioS, U Tennessee

September 1, 2017 is the deadline for requests for support for Working
Groups and Investigative Workshops at the National Institute for
Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), to be scheduled through
August 2019. All areas of research at the interface of biology and
mathematics will be considered. 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

Related Links:
NIMBioS Working Groups
NIMBioS Investigative Workshops


From: Santiago Schnell <>
Date: Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 5:26 PM
Subject: NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program Panelist Registration

On behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF), we invite you to
register as a potential 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
panelist. GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students
pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science or
engineering at accredited US institutions. (See the Program
Solicitation, NSF 16-588,
for more details on GRFP.) NSF seeks GRFP panels composed of researchers
and educators from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations,
and disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Serving as a GRFP panelist is an excellent opportunity to apply your
research and career expertise to help identify future science and
engineering leaders, and to gain valuable perspective to share with
faculty and students at your institution. Panelists will also receive a
flat rate payment of $200 per day for each full four-hour virtual panel
session they attend. However, panelists who are Federal employees,
citizens of foreign countries who are not permanent residents, and
special visa holders are not entitled to the flat rate payment.

Below are details of the 2018 panels:
-All reviews and panels will be conducted online without travel
requirements. There will be no on-site participation for the GRFP
panels; the panels are completely virtual.
-In November, panelists must attend an orientation session webinar,
selecting one from several available sessions. This is required for both
new and returning panelists, as orienting information is subject to
-Panelists review graduate school-like applications that include one
3-page statement, one 2-page statement, transcripts, and three reference
-Each panelist will review approximately 30 assigned applications in
early December, over the course of about 4 weeks.
-Panelists will enter their reviews and ratings online.
-In January 2018, panels will convene online using WebEx for two virtual
panel sessions scheduled on two different days (either Monday and
Thursday or Tuesday and Friday) to discuss the applicant pool and make
selection recommendations to NSF.

If you would like to be considered as a 2018 GRFP panelist, please visit to register in the panelist system. If you
have not been a GRFP panelist, you may create a new profile by clicking
"Create an account." If you have been a GRFP panelist, please log in
with your email address and password, and update your profile.
Registering in the panelist system or creating a profile does not commit
you to serving as a GRFP panelist. Based on anticipated needs, NSF will
send formal invitations to registered panelists starting in late
September. See for additional
panelist information.

NOTE: If you have a student applying for the 2018 GRFP program or you
will write a letter of recommendation for an applicant in a particular
field of study, we request that you do not register to be a panelist in
that field due to the conflict of interest. Since GRFP applicants are
early in their scientific training and are still developing their
interests, most panelists are qualified to review in a range of fields.
If you register in a particular field and subsequently learn of a
conflict of interest, please inform us so we can remove your name from
the list of potential panelists or attempt to place you on a different

Please share this opportunity to review GRFP applications with your

We thank you in advance for your interest. If you have any questions,
please contact the GRFP Operations Center at or
(866) 673-4737.


From: Owens, Roland (NIH/OD) [E] <>
Date: Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 12:58 AM
Raymond Mejía <>
Subject: NIH: Selected Intramural Research & Job Openings, Aug 2017

Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigators
(deadline: September 29)

The National Institutes of Health, the U.S. government's premier
biomedical and behavioral research enterprise and a component of the
Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce its
ninth annual call for "NIH Earl Stadtman Investigators," a broad
recruitment of tenure-track investigators (assistant professor
equivalent) for the NIH intramural research program. Come join the team
whose hallmarks are stable funding, intellectual freedom, shared
resources, and access to a wide range of scientific expertise. A
fantastic array of scientists already has been hired through the
"Stadtman" recruitment in the last eight years.

A variety of basic and translational/clinical positions are available,
with areas of active recruitment including (but not limited to):
Behavioral Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics,
Biostatistics, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Cell Metabolism, Chemical
Biology, Chromosome Biology, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics
(including natural language processing and text mining), Developmental
Biology, Epidemiology, Genetics, Genomics, Health Disparities,
Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Molecular Pharmacology,
Neurodevelopment, Neurosciences, Physiology, RNA Biology, Social
Sciences, Structural Biology, Systems Biology, Toxicology, Translational
and Clinical Research, and Virology.

Who we are: Among our approximately 1,100 principal investigators and
4,000 trainees in the NIH intramural research program are world-renowned
experts in basic, translational, population-based, and clinical
research. Similar to academia, we offer our scientists the opportunity
to mentor outstanding trainees at all levels (e.g., graduate students
and postdoctoral fellows) in a research setting.

Whom we seek: We seek a diverse cadre of creative thinkers eager to take
on innovative, high-impact research.

Qualifications/eligibility: Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D.,
D.D.S./D.M.D., D.V.M., D.O., R.N./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree
and have an outstanding record of research accomplishments as evidenced
by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants
should be non-tenured scientists. Appointees may be U.S. citizens,
resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a
valid employment-authorization visa.

How to apply: Applicants must submit four items (the first three items
must be in a PDF format): (1) a CV, which should include a list of
publications, and mentoring and leadership activities; (2) a three-page
proposal titled Research Goals, i.e., the research you hope to perform
at the NIH; (3) a one-page statement titled Long-term Research Vision
and Impact, i.e., what you hope to achieve for yourself, your field, and
society; and (4) contact information for three professional references.
Submit these through our online application system at between August 1 and September 29, 2017
(11:59 p.m. EDT). You will be asked to designate up to two scientific
areas of expertise to aid in assigning your application to the
appropriate review committee. Requests for letters of recommendation
will be sent to your references when you submit your application.
Reference letters will be accepted via upload to the website until
October 7, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Reference letters must also be
submitted in a PDF format. We cannot accept paper applications.

What to expect: Search committees, composed of experts in various
fields, will review and evaluate applicants based on criteria which
include publication record, mentoring experience, scientific vision,
potential scientific impact of current and proposed research, awards,
and references. Select applicants will be invited to the NIH for
interviews and will be considered candidates. These candidates will also
present seminars open to the public. Some applicants not selected as
Earl Stadtman Investigator candidates may be considered for other open
NIH research positions. Please find answers to frequently asked
questions at

More information about our program is at The
inspiring story of Earl and Thressa Stadtman's research at the NIH is
at Specific questions
regarding this recruitment effort may be directed to Dr. Roland Owens,
Assistant Director, NIH Office of Intramural Research, at DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.
The NIH is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community in
its training and employment programs.

Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch, NIEHS
(Review of applications begins: November 12)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is
recruiting an accomplished scientist to serve as Chief of the
Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch (BCBB)

Members of the BCBB carry out methodologic research and collaborate
broadly across the Institute to address a wide range of questions
related to effects of the environment on human health. The Branch
currently has 4 tenured investigators, 1 tenure-track investigator, 5
staff scientists and additional trainees, with more recruitments
anticipated. Research at NIEHS incorporates both human- and
laboratory-based studies including epidemiology, genetics, epigenetics,
toxicology, imaging, and structural biology. This research provides both
opportunities and analytic challenges related to high-dimensional data.

The Branch Chief directs their own independent research program,
provides leadership, and facilitates the research and collaborative
activities of Branch scientists. In addition to administrative
oversight, the Chief will supervise staff members, mentor tenure-track
investigators and post-doctoral fellows, and ensure the scientific
excellence of the Branch's research portfolio. The successful candidate
must have a keen interest in synergizing collaborations, both within the
BCBB and with other Intramural and National Toxicology Program
investigators at NIEHS. The Chief will lead the BCBB into new directions
as biostatistics, computational biology, and environmental science
continue to evolve.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an outstanding record of
publication, achievement, and leadership, with broad interests in
biostatistics and computational biology. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or
equivalent degree in statistics/biostatistics/computational biology/
bioinformatics or a related field, a record of accomplishments
commensurate with an academic rank of tenured associate or full
professor, and meet the requirements for tenure at the NIH
To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or
non-resident alien with, or eligible to obtain, a valid
employment-authorization visa.

Salary/Benefits: The Branch Chief will be eligible for a tenured
appointment with excellent start-up, salary, and benefit packages.

How to Apply: Interested persons should send a cover letter, their
curriculum vitae, a 3-page statement of research interests, goals and
leadership/administrative experience, and contact information for 3
references in one combined PDF, to Ms. Bonnie Earnhardt at, citing Vacancy Announcement DIR-AC1322 in the
subject line. Incomplete applications or paper applications will not be
accepted. We will begin evaluating applications on November 12, 2017.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and
employment programs. HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.
Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are
strongly encouraged.

Also see:
'Tenure-Track Opportunities at the NIH'
Presented by: Dr. Roland Owens and Dr. Charles Dearolf, Assistant
Directors, NIH Office of Intramural Research
August 17, 2016

The NIH Intramural Research Program

Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows


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