ISSN 1086-6566
August 17, 2017


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Issue's Topics:
SMB: Seeking Nominations for SMB Elections 2018
Conference: Undergraduate Research at..., Nov 11-12, NIMBioS
Conference: Data Mining, SIAM, May 3-5, San Diego, US
New Version: StochSS, Stochastic Simulations Service Ver. 1.9
Post-doc: Network Modeling, Georgetown U, US
Post-doc: Materials for Energy, U Bath, UK
Post-doc: Stochastic Modelling, QUT, Australia
Post-docs: Big Data/HIV Interventions, UCLA, US
Tenure-Track: Applied Mathematics, St. Olaf College, US
NIH Update: Questions for Human Subjects Researchers,...
SMBnet Reminders


From: Ye, Ping <>
Date:Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 11:13 AM
Subject: SMB: Seeking Nominations for SMB Elections 2018

Vacancies for the Society for Mathematical Biology Elections 2018

The Elected Board of Directors, and Officers of the Society for
Mathematical Biology are essential to the implementation of the
Society's stated purpose to promote the development and dissemination of
research at the interface between the mathematical and biological

The Society for Mathematical Biology is seeking nominations for:

-The President-Elect Office. The President-Elect will serve for a one
year at the closing of the Annual Business Meeting, held at the 2018
Annual Meeting in Sydney, Australia. Then, The President Elect
automatically becomes President for two years.

-The Elected Board of Directors. Three elected board members will be
appointed at the closing of the Annual Business Meeting, held at the
2018 Annual Meeting in Sydney, Australia. Each Elected Member of the
Board serves a term of four years.

Society members interested in serving Society for Mathematical Biology
in a leadership role of President-Elect or member of the Elected Board
of Directors must submit a CV and a nomination statement (300 words or
less). The statement should describe why you would be a valuable
addition to the SMB Officers or Board of Directors, include specific
strengths and areas of expertise, and how they fit the role. The
statement should also include your vision on what you would seek to
achieve for the Society for Mathematical Biology during the period of
office. The Officers (President-elect or Past-President, President), and
Elected Board of Directors must be current members of the society.
Please submit your material electronically to the Society Secretary,
Ping Ye (E-mail: by April 15th, 2018.


From: Catherine Crawley <>
Date:Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 9:28 AM
Subject: Conference: Undergraduate Research at..., Nov 11-12, NIMBioS

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) will host the eighth annual Undergraduate Research Conference
at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology on Nov. 11-12, 2017, at the
Univ. of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, TN. The conference
provides opportunities for undergraduates to present their research at
the interface of biology and mathematics. Student talks and posters will
be featured as well as a plenary speaker, a panel on career
opportunities, a graduate school showcase, and other networking
opportunities. Faculty and students are invited to attend, as well as
middle and high school teachers. A limited amount of support is
available to cover the cost of registration and lodging - deadline is
September 22 to request funding. Conference registration deadline is
October 13.

If you have or plan to request funding, do not register for the
conference until you have been contacted by NIMBioS about the status of
your funding request. For more information, go to


From: Frank W. Kunkle <>
Date:Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 10:32 AM
Subject: Conference: Data Mining, SIAM, May 3-5, San Diego, US

SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM18)
Location: San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, San Diego, California, USA
Dates: May 3-5, 2018

The Call for Presentations for this conference is available at:

Twitter hashtag: #SIAMSDM18

October 6, 2017 11:59PM (US Pacific Time): Abstract Submission
October 6, 2017 11:59PM (US Pacific Time): Workshop Proposals
October 6, 2017 11:59PM (US Pacific Time): Tutorial Proposals
October 13, 2017 11:59PM (US Pacific Time): Paper Submission
January 26, 2018: SIAM Student Travel Award and Post-doc/Early Career
Travel Award Applications

Please visit for
detailed submission information.

For additional information, contact the SIAM Conference Department


From: Linda Petzold <>
Date: Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 11:37 AM
Subject: New Version: StochSS, Stochastic Simulations Service Ver. 1.9

StochSS: Stochastic Simulation Service is an integrated development
environment for modeling and simulation of discrete stochastic
biochemical systems. An easy-to-use GUI enables researchers to quickly
develop and simulate biological models on a desktop or laptop, which can
then be expanded or combined to incorporate increasing levels of
complexity. As the demand for computational power increases, StochSS is
able to seamlessly scale up by deploying cloud computing resources. The
software currently supports simulation of ODE and well-mixed discrete
stochastic models, parameter estimation of discrete stochastic models,
and simulation of spatial stochastic models.

New capabilities of Version 1.9 include:
1. Support for simulation and parameter sweep jobs on batch cluster
computing (i.e., Qsub based computing clusters)
2. Configuration of batch computing resources
3. Enhancements to multi-user setup, including email authentication

For more details and instructions on how to obtain the code, visit us at, and to try it in a cloud-computing environment, go to


From: Shweta Bansal <>
Date:Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 2:17 PM
Subject: Post-doc: Network Modeling, Georgetown U, US

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position
at the interface of behavior and disease. This position will be funded
by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and will be based in the
group of Shweta Bansal ( at Georgetown University,
in close collaboration with the group of David Hughes
( at the Center for
Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State University. Successful
applicants will develop mathematical and statistical network models
using (highly-resolved) contact network data to infer behavioral and
transmission processes. We are interested in individual-level and social
feedback of disease on behavior (disease-induced behavior change; social
immunity), and in the development of dynamic network methods that detect
and predict this feedback.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in statistics, applied mathematics,
computer science, network science, ecology or another highly
quantitative field, and experience in statistical or dynamical modeling
of networks. Experience in disease ecology is highly preferred, but not
necessary. 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.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a detailed CV, a brief statement
of research interests, and names and contact information for three
references to Shweta Bansal (e-mail: The cover
letter should discuss possible starting dates. Review of applications
will begin immediately and will continue until the post has been filled.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


From: Kit Yates <>
Date: Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 8:13 AM
Subject: Post-doc: Materials for Energy, U Bath, UK

University of Bath
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Closing Date: 29 August 2017
Interview Date: 6th and 8th September (via Skype)
Reference: SF5134

Research Associate in Mathematics on Materials for Energy (Fixed Term)

Salary: Starting from 32,004, rising to 38,183

A UK-funded postdoctoral research position is available at the
University of Bath to accelerate Kinetic Monte Carlo Methods for Novel
Solar Cell Design. The position is funded by the EU Horizon2020 Project
Energy Oriented Centre of Excellence, EoCoE, whose aim is to support
numerical modelling of key technologies in sustainable energy sources.
Bath is a node in the consortium and involved in the thematic area of
"Materials for Energy"
This postdoc position will include strong interactions with the other
nodes of the EoCoE consortium.

The aim of the project at Bath is a multiscale study of novel perovskite
solar cell materials

Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) methods are required to predict device
behaviour from the material properties at the microscopic scale. For
more details about KMC methods and the project, see

This is a fixed term position with an anticipated end date of 30
September 2018.

To apply for the position or to obtain more details about the
application process, please refer to

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Professor Rob Scheichl
(, +44 (0)1225 386034), Professor Alison Walker
(, +44 (0)1225 383322), or Dr Kit Yates
(, +44 (0)1225 386605).


From: Matthew Simpson <>
Date: Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 5:44 PM
Subject: Post-doc: Stochastic Modelling, QUT, Australia

We seek applications for a postdoctoral position in mathematical biology
at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. Expressions of
interest are to be directed to Kevin Burrage (
and Mat Simpson (

Funding and Position: The proposal is funded by the Air Force Office of
Scientific Research under the Air Force Defence Research Sciences
Program. This position will be funded for 12 months at Level A, Step 6,
at AUD$81372pa, plus on costs, and is suitable for a recent PhD graduate
in applied mathematics or equivalent. Expertise in stochastic modelling
and programming in Matlab is mandatory. Sound knowledge of mathematical
biology is an advantage. It would be possible to work at less than 100%
full time and extend the position for longer than 12 months. The
position will be based in the School of Mathematical Sciences, QUT, and
will report to CIs Burrage and Simpson.

CIs: Kevin Burrage and Matthew Simpson, ARC Centre of Excellence for
Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers, and Mathematical Sciences
School, QUT, Australia, and the School of Mathematical Sciences, QUT,

Research Plan: Cells have evolved redundant strategies where the
function of survival is through a small dormant subpopulation of cells
(persistor cells) within a more rapidly proliferating population. It has
been suggested that these cells are responsible for the persistence of
chronic infections, and the recalcitrance of certain cancers.
Acquisition of resistance to anticancer drugs is a major problem in
cancer therapy and these cells could be viable targets for new
therapies. Nevertheless, their transient nature and low abundance, has
impeded experimental advancements. Novel ways of thinking about these
issues are needed. The Black Scholes Merton model is a stochastic model
of a financial market with derivative investment instruments. Using
Hamilton Jacobi Bellman control theory, a partial differential equation
can be derived that estimates price an option price. The key idea is to
hedge the option by buying and selling the underlying asset to minimise
risk. These ideas revolutionised the financial industry. This project
brings these areas together making significant contributions to
Fundamental Laws of Biology, Synthetic Biology, and Stochastic Control.
The underlying hypothesis is that some biological cells hedge by
carrying additional regulatory and chemical machinery. This machinery
may only function in response to periods of extreme stress. We will
develop stochastic models driven by Wiener noise and Poisson jump noise
(to account for extreme stress) that capture the behaviour of this
machinery rather than using a financial framework, we will use a
chemical/energy framework for the cell. Hamilton Jacobi Bellman theory
will be used to maximize the expectation of a functional associated with
the response of the cell, resulting in a system of nonlinear partial
differential equations describing the hedging property of a cell that
will then be solved numerically.


From: Blower, Sally <>
Date: Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 5:09 PM
Subject: Post-docs: Big Data/HIV Interventions, UCLA, US

We invite applications for two 3-year postdoctoral research fellowships
in Professor Blower's research group in the Biomedical Modeling Center
at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The positions focus on designing interventions to eliminate HIV in
sub-Saharan Africa using Big Data. Specific projects will focus on
geospatial mapping and construction of dynamic mobility networks. All
analyses will focus on the statistical analysis of extremely detailed
demographic data, population-level HIV-testing data, and very rich
databases of mobility data. The salary is $55,000 plus fringe benefits.
Starting date is negotiable. Applicants must have a doctorate in Applied
Mathematics, Demographics, Operations Research, Mathematical Biology,
Theoretical Ecology, Spatial Ecology, Health Geographics or a closely
related field. We are particularly interested in applicants with
extensive experience in spatial statistics and spatial optimization.
Experience in modeling HIV is not essential, we welcome applications
from individuals who have worked on diseases that have important spatial
components: e.g., influenza, malaria, Ebola, and cholera. Please visit for more information about our
research group, where we work (Los Angeles - where you can't beat the
weather, movie openings and beaches) and pdfs of our recent

If you are interested in either of these positions please contact
Professor Sally Blower at Applicants should send
a cover letter, a detailed CV, a brief statement of research interests,
and the names (and email addresses) of three references. The cover
letter should also include the possible starting date.

Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until
the posts have been filled.


From: Ellen T Haberoth <>
Date: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 8:55 AM
Subject: Tenure-Track: Applied Mathematics, St. Olaf College, US

St. Olaf College Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer
Science - Tenure Track Position

St. Olaf College's Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer
Science seeks an applied mathematician with expertise in biological
applications and a demonstrated commitment to supporting a thriving and
diverse undergraduate mathematics program. We are particularly
interested in applicants who will contribute to the departments'
commitment to increasing access and opportunities for populations that
are currently under-represented in the area of Mathematics.

APPOINTMENT: Full Time (1.0 FTE), tenure-track, at assistant or
associate level. Position starts August 15, 2018.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in mathematics is strongly preferred by the date
of appointment. Applicants should have expertise in applied mathematics
with experience in biological applications. Applicants must have some
experience teaching undergraduate mathematics courses; those applicants
who have had full responsibility for teaching courses will be given
higher consideration.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities include teaching beginning,
intermediate, and advanced undergraduate mathematics courses including a
mathematical biology course, developing and maintaining an active
research program, and contributing to the department's commitment to
research by and involving undergraduates.

APPLICATIONS: Applications must be submitted online, through Applicants must also register online at the
St. Olaf College website,

A completed application (on-line at includes: a
letter of application (addressing your general interest in the liberal
arts and your particular interest in St. Olaf College); a current
curriculum vitae; graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable); three
letters of reference (at least two must directly address teaching);
separate statements on teaching philosophy and research program;
registration at St. Olaf College (on-line at at

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017 and
continue until the position is filled. Semi-finalists will be
interviewed at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego in January
2018 or by phone if unable to attend the meetings. On-campus interviews
of finalists will begin in early February.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Questions about the position may be addressed by
e-mail to Prof. Katie Ziegler-Graham, Hiring Committee Chair

For additional information, see


From: NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD) <>
Date: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 5:23 PM
Subject: NIH Update: Questions for Human Subjects Researchers,...

NIH Update: Questions For Human Subjects Researchers; RPPR Webinar;
Fiscal Policy & Salary Cap Guidance; Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

Please see


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