SMB Digest Volume 17 Issue 49


SMB DIGEST ISSN 1086-6566 
November 29, 2017
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Issue’s Topics:
Nominations for Society for Mathematical Biology Prizes
Helsinki Summer School: Math Ecology & Evolution 2018
MURPHYS-HSFS-2018 Workshop: Multiple Scale Systems…
MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium December 6
Book: Biological Clocks, Rhythms and Oscillations (MIT Press)
Postdoc Position: Evolutionary Theory, Queen’s U
Postdoc Position: Applied/Computational Math, U of Queensland
Postdoc Position: Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)
Postdoc Position: Computational Neuroscience, LSU Health…
Postdoc Position: Ecological Modeling, RMIT U, Australia
Faculty Positions: Computational Math & Stat, NC A&T State U
Giovanni Prodi Chair Professorship, Math, Würzburg U, Germany
SMBnet Reminders


From: Ye, Ping <>
Date: Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 3:16 PM
Subject: Nominations for Society for Mathematical Biology Prizes

The Society of Mathematical Biology is now accepting nominations for
the Society prizes through March 31st, 2018. The details of the prizes
are located at the website:

Society members are encouraged to nominate candidates by submitting
the required materials in PDF format to the Society Secretary Dr. Ping
Ye (E-mail: The nominator must submit:

– Contact information for the nominators and nominee,
– A letter (no more than 4 pages) describing the nominee’s
qualifications and commenting on the nominee’s scientific contributions
for the society award,
– The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all publications, and
– Two supporting letters.

Nominees may be affiliated with non-academic institutions, however,
please note that Society membership is a requirement for the
nominator, and nominee.



From: Kisdi, Eva <>
Date: Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 9:36 AM
Subject: Helsinki Summer School: Math Ecology & Evolution 2018

We are glad to invite applications to the 2018 edition of The Helsinki
Summer School on Mathematical Ecology and Evolution, an EMS-ESMTB
School in Applied Mathematics. The school will be held between 19 and
26 August 2018 in Turku, Finland, and will be part of the EMS Year of
Mathematical Biology:

The core program consists of five series of lectures:

– Karl Sigmund (University of Vienna): Evolutionary game theory
– Odo Diekmann (Utrecht University): Renewal equations in population
– Sebastian Schreiber (University of California, Davis): Coexistence in
variable environments
– Ellen Baake (University of Bielefeld): Probabilistic models and
ancestral processes in population genetics
– Mick Roberts (Massey University of New Zealand): Ecology of infectious

All young researchers working in mathematical ecology can apply from
all countries, especially from Europe and the Mediterranean. The school
is aimed at graduate students of mathematics, but we also welcome
students of biology with sufficient background in mathematics, as well
as advanced undergraduates and postdocs.

For more information and details of the application procedure, please
visit the school’s webpage



From: Andrei Korobeinikov <>
Date: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 4:01 AM
Subject: MURPHYS-HSFS-2018 Workshop: Multiple Scale Systems…

MURPHYS-HSFS-2018: Registration is open

Venue: CRM, Barcelona,
Dates: May 28th to June 1st, 2018

Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, Barcelona, and the Collaborative Research
Center 910, Berlin, are pleased to announce the joint multidisciplinary
workshop MURPHYS-HSFS-2018. The workshop, devoted to mathematical theory
and applications of the multiscale systems, systems with hysteresis and
current trends in the dynamical systems theory, will take place at the
Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, in a beautiful suburb of Barcelona.

MURPHYS-HSFS-2018 workshop is the 9th workshop that continues a series
of biennial meetings focuses on multiple scale phenomena, singular
perturbations, phase transitions, hysteresis phenomena, nonlinear
systems in general, self-organizing systems, switched and multistable
systems, periodic orbits and bifurcation theory, piecewise differential
equations, experimental dynamical systems, open problems in dynamical
systems theory, and applications of the above mentioned to physical,
chemical, biological and economical sciences, engineering and medicine.
New areas of application are particularly welcome.

The participation of young scientists and in particular post-docs as
well as PhD and post-graduate students is strongly encouraged. The
reduced registration fees are applied to students.
Publications: Workshop proceedings and extended abstracts will be

Registration and other details:
Enquiries: Ms. Alba Tomàs Novo at or Andrei Korobeinikov

Please note that the workshop is preceded by the Barcelona Computational,
Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience (BARCCSYN) 2018 conference, May 24 to
25, 2018,
and is followed by Conference on New Trends in Mathematical Biology,
June 4 to 8, 2018
All three meetings are hosted by the CRM.



From: Tony Nance <>
Date: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 8:44 AM
Subject: MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium December 6

MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium
Wednesday December 6, 2017 at Noon Eastern Time

Lisa Fauci (Mathematics, Tulane University)

Biological Fluid Dynamics at the Microscale: Nonlinearities in a Linear

Details of how to participate can be found on the National Colloquium
webpage below.
To view this live event you will need to register on the event page.
You may register at any time:



From: Daniel Forger <>
Date: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 3:17 PM
Subject: Book: Biological Clocks, Rhythms and Oscillations (MIT Press)

I am pleased to announce the release of my book, Biological Clocks,
Rhythms, and Oscillations: The Theory of Biological Timekeeping (MIT

The book brings together tools and techniques from many disciplines
(e.g., mathematical biology, nonlinear dynamics, physics, statistics,
and engineering …) into one volume. It contains practical advice on
modeling building, computer code, 123 illustrations in color and
examples from many systems (e.g., circadian rhythms, mood disorders,
neuronal firing, breathing, ecology ..).

You can save 30% with code MFORGER30, bringing its hardcover price
under $50, if purchased directly from MIT Press by year’s end. Feel
free to share this with anyone you think might be interested. It is
also the #1 new release in Biomathematics on Amazon, where it also
can be ordered (without the discount).

I will keep updates and notes on the book on my website.



From: Troy Day <>
Date: Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 10:38 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Evolutionary Theory, Queen’s U

I am recruiting a postdoc for a 2-year fellowship, to develop models
and theory for life history evolution in size-structured populations.
The position is joint with Dustin Marshall’s group at Monash
University and provides an excellent opportunity to develop theory
jointly with empiricists working on the same questions. The successful
applicant will be based at Queen’s University in Kingston Canada but
will also spend time at Monash University in Melbourne Australia.
Salary for the position is very competitive and research funds will
also be provided for the candidate to use at their discretion for
conference attendance etc.

There is no formal application deadline or start date but we are
hoping to find someone sooner rather than later.

Interested applicants should contact me via email.



From: Science HR <>
Date: Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 3:15 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Applied/Computational Math, U of Queensland

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Mathematics and Physics, The
University of Queensland

Position Description



From: Tony Nance <>
Date: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 8:40 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)

MBI Postdoctoral Fellows

The Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) is accepting applications for
Postdoctoral Fellows to start September 2018.

MBI postdoctoral fellows engage in an 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

MBI also expects to hire for co-sponsored postdoctoral positions with
academic and private sector partners, including researchers at Ohio
State University and Battelle Memorial Institute.

For additional information please visit
or contact Tony Nance ( ).

Applying for an MBI Postdoctoral Fellowship:

Applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship completed before
December 4, 2017 will receive full consideration.

Applications for an MBI Postdoctoral Fellowship should be submitted online at



From: Canavier, Carmen C. <>
Date: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 1:34 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Computational Neuroscience, LSU Health…

Two Postdoctoral Researcher positions are available in the computational
neuroscience lab of Carmen Canavier (email with
questions) in the School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology and
Anatomy at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

The first position is to study the dynamic diversity of midbrain
dopamine neurons in close collaboration with electrophysiologist Jochen
Roeper at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. The successful
candidate will construct morphologically and biophysically realistic
models of distinct subpopulations of dopamine neurons to account for
experimentally observed differences in their bursting and pacemaking
dynamics. These simulations will require in some cases incorporation of
stochastic channel models and second messenger cascades.

Qualified candidates may submit resume along with cover letter and
contact information for three references electronically to:

The second position is to study cholinergic contributions to hippocampal
information processing in close collaboration with electrophysiologist
Sonia Gasparini. The successful candidate will construct a
morphologically and biophysically realistic model of a hippocampal CA1
pyramidal neuron to explain the observed frequency selectivity of
different dendritic regions for slow versus fast gamma band inputs. Some
network modeling will also be required for the project.

Qualified candidates may submit resume along with cover letter and contact
information for three references electronically to:

The primary duties will involve linear and non-linear analyses, writing
code, calibrating single neuron models, and generating predictions that
lead to additional experiments. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in
Neuroscience, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or a
related field of study. The ideal candidate would have experience with
the simulation package NEURON and some knowledge of the basal ganglia
for the first position and of the hippocampus for the second position.
Familiarity with nonlinear dynamics, signal processing, and coding in
C and or python in a Linux environment is also desirable.

LSUHSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer for females, minorities,
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.​



From: Lewi Stone <>
Date: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 8:27 PM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Ecological Modeling, RMIT U, Australia

Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)

We are looking for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to work on an ARC
funded project that deals with ecological modelling. The project will
continue for one year over 2018. The applicant should be highly
motivated, have a good mathematics/statistics background as well as a
strong interest in ecology and biology (and/or possibly epidemiology).
Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with modern
spatial statistics. The project is being run at RMIT University
(Melbourne, Australia), led by CI’s Yan Wang, Ascelin Gordon, and
support from Lewi Stone and Robert Dorazio.

Project Summary:
This project will provide innovative new spatial modelling tools to
improve our understanding of species distributions. Broadly speaking,
the successful candidate together with the CI’s will be developing a
general framework for extending species distribution models to deal
with multiple species, incorporating both their interactions as well
as surveillance errors in detection. This is a loose guideline; there
are also possibilities for pursuing work on related research topics,
possibly including network and epidemiological modelling

Applicants should send full CV’s (plus the names of three potential
referees) to Dr. Yan Wang



From: Nicholas S.. Luke <>
Date: Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 9:16 AM
Subject: Faculty Positions: Computational Math & Stat, NC A&T State U

The Department of Mathematics at North Carolina A&T State University
invites applications for three 9-month, tenure-track assistant or a
ssociate professorships available in August 2018.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Mathematics(Computational Mathematics)

Assistant/Associate Professor of Mathematics (Statistics)

Assistant/Associate Professor of Mathematics(Statistics & Data Science)

Any questions or inquiries about these positions should be addressed to
Dr. Guoqing Tang, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, at



From: Alfio Borzi <>
Date: Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 1:56 PM
Subject: Giovanni Prodi Chair Professorship, Math, Würzburg U, Germany

The Giovanni Prodi chair professorship in Mathematics at Würzburg
University in Germany for visiting professorships in the academic year

The application deadline is January 9, 2018. Please see

In particular applications of leading scientists who may have strong
and/or promising research connections with members of our institute
are very welcome.

Applications from all fields of mathematics are welcome with the
applicant at the level of an associate or full professor. Only persons
coming from outside Germany are eligible. Female applicants are
especially encouraged to apply. The professorship carries a teaching
load of 4 hours per week plus the obligation to run a seminar or
exercise group for 2 hours per week.

For additional details, please see the link.



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