SMB Digest Volume 17 Issue 53

December 27, 2017
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Issue’s Topics:
Undergraduate Research Experience: May 29-Jul 20, NIMBioS
Course: Computational Neuroscience, Jun 25-Jul 12, Okinawa
Conference: Computational & Mathematical…, Jul 9-13, Spain
PhD Position: Calcium Signalling…, U Adelaide & U Nottingham
Post-doc: Cancer &/or Immune Modelling, U Sydney
Post-doc: Predicting Pollination…, UBC Okanagan, Canada
Faculty Position: Mathematical Biology, UCLA, US
Recruitment: Board Members, Inter. Centre for the Math. Sci.
NIH: New Funding Opportunity, Common Fund Human Biomolecular…
SMBnet Reminders


From: Catherine Crawley <>
Date: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 12:57 PM
Subject: Undergraduate Research Experience: May 29-Jul 20, NIMBioS

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now taking applications for its Summer Research Experiences
for Undergraduates (SRE). The program will be held May 29 – July 20,
2018, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Undergraduate
majors in biology, math, and related fields will live on campus and work
in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators to
conduct research at the interface of mathematics and biology. This
year’s research projects are ecological niche modeling and risk
assessment of thousand cankers disease; mosquito population response to
environmental variables; modeling the management of feral cats with
economic impacts; the spatial interactions between hunting and plant
gathering in tropical forests; and using phylogenetics to understand
cancer tumor evolution.

Participants receive free university apartment-style housing, a stipend
of $4100, and up to $650 of support for travel to/from Knoxville.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2018

For more information, visit

For more information about NIMBioS, visit or
contact Greg Wiggins, NIMBioS Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director of
Education and Outreach,


From: Erik De Schutter <>
Date: Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 10:55 PM
Subject: Course: Computational Neuroscience, Jun 25-Jul 12, Okinawa

Methods, Neurons, Networks and Behaviors
June 25 to July 12, 2018
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan

The aim of the Okinawa/OIST Computational Neuroscience Course is to
provide opportunities for young researchers with theoretical backgrounds
to learn the latest advances in neuroscience, and for those with
experimental backgrounds to have hands-on experience in computational

We invite graduate students and postgraduate researchers to participate
in the course, held from June 25th through July 12th, 2018 at an
oceanfront seminar house of the Okinawa Institute of Science and
Technology Graduate University. Applications are through the course web
page ( only; January 1 – February 3, 2018.
Applicants will receive confirmation of acceptance in March.

Like in preceding years, the 15th OCNC will be a comprehensive
three-week course covering single neurons, networks, and behaviors with
ample time for student projects. The first week will focus exclusively on
methods with hands-on tutorials during the afternoons, while the second
and third weeks will have lectures by international experts. The course
has a strong hands-on component based on student proposed modeling or
data analysis projects, which are further refined with the help of a
dedicated tutor. Applicants are required to propose their project at the
time of application.

There is no tuition fee. The sponsor will provide lodging and meals
during the course and provides partial travel support. We hope that this
course will be a good opportunity for theoretical and experimental
neuroscientists to meet each other and to explore the attractive nature
and culture of Okinawa, the southernmost island prefecture of Japan.


From: CMMSE Conference <>
Date: Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 5:23 AM
Subject: Conference: Computational & Mathematical…, Jul 9-13, Spain

CMMSE 2018
18th Conference on Computational and Mathematical Methods in Science and
Barceloì Costa Ballena Golf & SPA
July 9-13, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain.

The 2018 Conference on Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering
Conference (CMMSE-2018), is the fourteen of this conference series.
CMMSE2018 aims to be a unifying, cross-cutting, interdisciplinary
gathering, where specialists can have exposure to diverse fields and
participate in special sessions different from but still close to their
own interests.

Standard presentation: 20 minutes in length.
Special Sessions: Minimum of 8 presentations.
Symposiums more than 10 presentations.
Symposiums chairs can act as plenary speakers.

May 10 – Deadline for submission of Abstracts (3-4 pages) or full papers
(12 pages).
May 17 – Notification of Acceptance
June 1 – Registration (with podium)


From: Ruediger Thul <>
Date: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 8:12 AM
Subject: PhD Position: Calcium Signalling…, U Adelaide & U Nottingham

Applications are invited to this joint PhD project in Mathematics
between The Universities of Adelaide and Nottingham. The scholarship
provides a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship. Students will be
co-supervised by staff at both universities and will undertake a minimum
period of research of 18 months at each institution.

In this project, we will investigate the connection between cell
movement and cellular calcium signalling in the cumulus-oocyte complex
(COC). There is now compelling evidence that so called cumulus cells,
which surround the mature oocyte, play a crucial role in fertilisation,
and that upon fertilisation cumulus cells move away from the oocyte in a
travelling wave-like fashion. Using tools from applied nonlinear
dynamical systems and scientific computation we will explore how intra-
and intercellular signals create movement. A main question that we wish
to investigate is how the information that the oocyte is fertilised is
transmitted through the COC. Existing experimental data as well as new
experiments will be used to determine model parameters and for model

For more information and to apply, see


From: Peter Kim <>
Date: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 6:54 PM
Subject: Post-doc: Cancer &/or Immune Modelling, U Sydney

Mathematical Biology Postdoc at the University of Sydney (cancer and/or
immune modeling)

We currently seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate for up to 2.5 years
in Mathematical Biology to work in the area of cancer and/or immune

Our diverse team of four academics and several PhD students covers a
range of topics including the mathematical modelling of oncolytic
virotherapy, tumor microenvironments, and immune dynamics. The
mathematical modelling techniques include ordinary, partial, and delay
differential equations, applied bifurcation theory, and agent-based
models and cover both analytic and computational investigations. There
is a range of data available from our experimental collaborators which
will be used to guide the modeling. We have a range of project
directions that can suit your interests and are open to discussing.

Go to and click link to “Postdoc
position in Mathematical Biology” for details on how to apply.

For specific academic inquires please contact Peter Kim at

CLOSING DATE: 11.30pm 29 January 2018 (Sydney Time).


From: Rebecca Tyson <>
Date: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 4:51 PM
Subject: Post-doc: Predicting Pollination…, UBC Okanagan, Canada

Position Type: Postdoctoral Fellow
Start Date: 2018 (Negotiable, Spring or Summer)
Faculty Advisors: Dr Rebecca Tyson, Dr John Braun, Dr Warren Hare

Position Description: The Tyson lab at UBC Okanagan Campus (Kelowna, BC,
Canada) is looking for a talented and motivated mathematician,
physicist, or quantitative scientist with experience with mathematical
modelling, analysis, and simulation of spatial and/or stochastic
systems. This fellow would work in a collaborative group on a project
aimed at predicting the pollination services provided by bumble bees in
Fraser Valley blueberry crops. The goal is to provide the BC Blueberry
Council with a tool that they can use to help growers identify whether
or not it would be to their advantage to establish wildflower patches on
their property, where those wildflower patches should be placed, and how
big they should be. With the ongoing declines in domestic and wild bee
populations, modelling results that help growers and governments
determine the economic value of establishing bee habitat is an important
part of ensuring continued food security.

While this search is primarily associated with this project, UBC
Okanagan Campus has a vibrant community and tradition of
interdisciplinary research in data science, ecology, and optimisation.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including women and
ethnic minorities.

Qualifications: Candidates should hold, or be nearing completion of, a
PhD in mathematics, physics, statistics, engineering, or a related
discipline. The following skills are strongly desired:

1) Experience with numerical simulation of ODEs & PDEs (preferably in
Matlab or Python)
2) Experience with the analysis of spatial patterns and spatial data.

1) A background in mathematical biology, quantitative biology
(especially ecology), or related work.
2) Demonstrated interest in working with stakeholders (such as blueberry
growers), and bi-directional communication with stakeholders.
3) Strong writing skills, and the ability to give clear, intuitive

Additional Information: The funding for this position comes from an
NSERC Strategic Project Grant, and comprises 2 1/2 years of full-time
funding. The appointment can start as early as May 2018. Renewal for a
second year is contingent on satisfactory performance, acceptable
progress in carrying out the assigned duties, and mutual agreement.
Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter including a brief statement of
career goals, curriculum vitae, one example publication/manuscript, and
contact information for three referees. Apply to Dr Rebecca Tyson
( Review of applications will begin immediately
and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates are
encouraged to contact Dr Tyson directly expressing interest while formal
application materials are compiled.


From: Ami Radunskaya <>
Date: Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 1:52 PM
Subject: Faculty Position: Mathematical Biology, UCLA, US

Mathematical Biologist: Open rank faculty position

The Division of Life Sciences at the University of California,
Los Angeles is searching for a mathematical biologist, a full-time
tenure-track/tenure (open rank) faculty appointment, to be affiliated
with the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences and
hold a faculty appointment in one of the Life Science departments:
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Integrative Biology and Physiology,
Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, or Molecular, Cell and
Developmental Biology.

We seek applicants in a mathematical biology field that fits into any of
the broad areas defined by the above-mentioned departments. The
competitive applicant will have a transformative research program with
clear promise or track record of extra-mural funding, stellar teaching
experience, commitment to educational innovation, and an interest to
contribute intellectual leadership to our exciting new series of lower
division Life Sciences Math classes (LS30 series; see text at The Division of Life
Sciences offers competitive set-up funds, a collegial environment, and a
collaborative culture that promotes cross-campus interactions.

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2018 and continue until
the position is filled. Applicants should submit materials online
through, where more details
regarding the position can also be found.


From: WALKER Jane <>
Date: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 10:34 AM
Subject: Recruitment: Board Members, Inter. Centre for the Math. Sci.

International Centre for the Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)


The ICMS runs a programme of international research workshops and
related research activity. In April 2018 the ICMS begins a new EPSRC
grant with funding for six years and in the summer of 2018 the ICMS
moves into a new building in the heart of Edinburgh, so this is an
exciting time for change and development. The ICMS is seeking to appoint
new members to the Board. The deadline for applications is 19 January.
For further information see or contact
the ICMS Centre Manager, Jane Walker (,
tel: 0131 651 4394).


From: Jackson, Scott (NIH/OD) [E] <jacksonsc@OD.NIH.GOV>
Date: Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 8:58 PM
Resent-from: Raymond Mejía <>
Subject: NIH: New Funding Opportunity, Common Fund Human Biomolecular…

New Funding Opportunity from the Human Biomolecular Atlas Program

The NIH Common Fund Human Biomolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP)
( aims to develop a framework for
functional mapping the human body with cellular resolution to enhance
our understanding of cellular organization-function. HuBMAP will
accelerate the development of the next generation of tools and
techniques to generate 3D tissue maps using validated high-content,
high-throughput imaging and omics assays, and establish an open data
platform for integrating, visualizing data to build multi-dimensional
maps. HuBMAP also intends to build partnerships with other funding
agencies, programs, and the biomedical research community. The HuBMAP
recently issued two new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).
These funding opportunities will focus on the following topics:
*Transformative Technology Development for the Human BioMolecular Atlas
Program (UG3/UH3)
( RFA-RM-17-025
*Tissue Mapping Centers for the Human Biomolecular Atlas Program (U54)
( RFA-RM-17-027
FY18 initiatives for HuBMAP will include Technology Development, Tissue
Mapping, and also the HuBMAP Integration, Visualization, and Engagement
(HIVE) Collaboratory.
For additional information about HuBMAP activities, including
pre-application technical assistance webinars and the HuBMAP mailing
list, please visit:

The NIH Common Fund ( encourages
collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact,
trans-NIH programs. These programs are supported by the Common Fund, and
managed by the NIH Office of the Director in partnership with the
various NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. The National Institutes of
Health (NIH) -“The Nation’s Medical Research Agency” – includes 27
Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of
Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for
conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical
research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about the NIH and its
programs, visit the NIH website (


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