SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 23


June 6, 2018
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From: Denise Kirschner <>
Date: Sun, Jun 3, 2018 at 8:20 PM
Subject: 2018 SMB Annual Meeting in Sydney –Travel Visa to Australia

Do I need a visa to travel to Australia for the 2018 SMB Annual
Meeting & the month of Mathematical Biology

To find out what visa you require to visit Australia please see the
Australian Government website
Citizens of many countries don’t need visas to enter Australia.
However, they do have to obtain what is called an Electronic Travel
Authority (ETA), which basically works like an online visa. The ETA
may be applied for at (also linked from
the general visa above).


From: Tony Nance <>
Date: Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 4:29 PM
Subject: 2018 MBI Undergrad. Capstone Conf., August 6-9, Columbus, OH

2018 MBI Undergraduate Capstone Conference
August 6-9, 2018, MBI, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


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:

Panels on jobs and graduate opportunities
Keynotes from prominent researchers
A social event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Talks and posters by student researchers
A recruitment event for graduate studies

Applications submitted by July 20, 2018 will receive full
consideration. There is no registration fee.
Limited funding will be available for some participants.

To apply visit


From: Catherine Crawley <>
Date: Thu, May 31, 2018 at 2:12 PM
Subject: CfA: NIMBioS Extending the Theory of Sustainability, Dec. 5-7, TN

Call for Applications: Extending the Theory of
Sustainability, a DySoC/NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

The Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC) is now
accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, “Extending the
Theory of Sustainability,” to be held December 5-7, 2018, at the
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis

Objectives: Cultural evolutionary modeling and empirical work to
understand the processes of social and political change has advanced
quickly in recent years and can potentially provide useful tools to
understand the human dimensions of sustainability. This workshop will
review the state of sustainability theory. Major themes of the
workshop include the role of cultural evolution, the role of evolving
technology and R&D investments, diffusion of technology, uncertainty
in ecosystem management, non-autonomous models of climate change,
models of institutional change. The workshop will convene scholars in
the fields of economics, socio-political evolution, the natural
sciences and mathematics to present the latest developments.
Discussions will center on promising areas for new research and on
gaps in the modeling enterprise. Full details at

Participation in NIMBioS workshops is by application only. Individuals
with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and
successful applicants will be notified within two weeks after the
application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals,
and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

Application deadline: September 5, 2018

The Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC)
( promotes connections and collaborations between
different researchers using theoretical and empirical methods at the
interface of mathematical, biological, social, and computational
sciences to address the dynamics of social behavior.

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) ( brings together researchers from
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation,
with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


From: zhoucuixin <>
Date: Thu, May 31, 2018 at 10:42 PM
Subject: New MBE vol. 15, no. 5 October 2018 issue is now available online

The new issue of Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering (MBE) is now online.

Mathematical Biosciences & Engineering (MBE), October 2018, Volume 15, Issue 5

From: James V Stone <>
Date: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 9:07 AM
Subject: New book: Neural Information Theory

Announcing the publication of a new book:

Principles of Neural Information Theory:
Computational Neuroscience and Metabolic Efficiency
by James V Stone.

Reviews, synopsis, and table of contents can be found here:


From: Judith Miller <>
Date: Wed, May 30, 2018, at 12:32 PM
Subject: Postdoc: population genetics of invasive species, Georgetown U.

A postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University is available in the
mathematical modeling of population genetics of invasive species. The
successful candidate should have a strong background in mathematical
analysis as well as programming experience and demonstrated an interest
in developing biological models. The postdoctoral fellow should have a
Ph.D in mathematics, applied mathematics or mathematical biology and
good writing skills. Interested candidates should apply through (position number 11989). Address inquiries to Prof.
Judith Miller at

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual
orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran
status, disability or other categories protected by law.


From: Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology <>
Date: Thu, May 31, 2018 at 5:04 PM
Subject: Newly funded postdoctoral positions for 2018-2019

The Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology (SCMB) invites
applications for postdoctoral scholar positions for 2018-2019.SCMB is
a newly funded NSF-Simons Research Center for Mathematics of Complex
Biological Systems, with a core mission of catalyzing new
cross-disciplinary collaborations between biosystems experimentalists
and interdisciplinary mathematicians.

As part of that initiative, SCMB is supporting up to seven new
postdoctoral positions for recent PhD’s to begin either August 2018 or
Jan 2019.Two positions will be located at the Georgia Institute of
Technology, and one each at SCMB partner institutions around the
southeast — Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tulane University,
University of South Florida, University of Florida, and Clemson
University.Each postdoctoral scholar will be appointed at one of the
home institutions listed above. S/he will be mentored by an
interdisciplinary mathematician at that institution, and collaborate
with biosystems experimentalists at Georgia Tech as part of an
SCMB-funded Seed Project team.

For more information on the seven different Seed Projects, see
SCMB research.

Each position will provide a competitive yearly salary with standard
benefits. The appointment is expected to be for three years, with
annual renewal subject to satisfactory progress.

Requirements include (1) A PhD (or its equivalent) in mathematics,
statistics, computer science, physics or other closely related field;
(2) Demonstrated research excellence; (3) Strong oral and written
communication skills.

Applications from recent PhDs (within three years of the start of the
appointment) will receive priority review.

Note that prior interdisciplinary experience is not required;
excellent candidates looking to broaden their field of interest are
strongly encouraged to apply.

SCMB is committed to diversity in excellence and participating
faculty have strong track records supporting inclusive research
environments. Hence, applications by highly qualified candidates from
groups underrepresented in the mathematical sciences are particularly

Applications must be submitted through the website.

For full consideration, all required materials must be included.

Required materials are an AMS Standard Cover Sheet, cover letter,
curriculum vitae (including publication list), research statement,
teaching statement, and four letters of recommendation.

One letter of recommendation must explicitly address teaching
interest, abilities, and related experience.

Additionally, the candidate’s cover letter must clearly communicate
interest in an interdisciplinary postdoctoral position and list one,
or more, specific Seed Projects of interest.

Review of applications will begin Monday, June 11th, and continue
until the positions are filled.

Questions regarding specific Seed Projects should be directed to the
individual faculty listed under

General questions regarding SCMB postdoctoral positions may be
directed to

SCMB, Georgia Tech, and all partner institutions are an equal opportunity
employers and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant
on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race,
religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification
protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its
obligations under federal law, each company that is a federal
contractor or subcontractor is committed to taking affirmative action
to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities,
disabled individuals and veterans. Candidates with the skills and
knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities are
encouraged to apply.


From: Shantala Brisbane <>
Date: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 3:28 AM
Subject: Postdoc. research fellow at the U. of Queensland

We have a job opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the
University of Queensland, and I was hoping you could advertise it
through the Society for Mathematical Biology’s weekly digest?

Details of the position are at:

Please let me know if you require any further information

Date: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 10:18 AM
Subject: Postdoc and Ph.D. openings, U. of Edinburgh, UK

I am currently looking for ambitious and motivated researchers to join
my group at The University of Edinburgh, UK, at the Postdoctoral
Research Fellow and PhD student level. Both projects are in the area
of computational biomechanics with applications to early diabetic
retinopathy detection and tumour vascular normalisation, respectively.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Automatic assimilation of particle
velocimetry data into computational blood flow models.

PhD Scholarship. Through the tumour labyrinth: developing a
mechanistic understanding of blood flow and oxygen delivery in tumour

The successful candidates will join a growing and multidisciplinary
group. They will benefit from hands-on supervision, access to
world-class computational resources and training, and a worldwide
network of collaborators spanning across disciplines. Edinburgh is a
vibrant city consistently ranked amongst the top places to live in the


From: Whang, Kenneth C. <>
Date: Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 9:49 AM
Subject: BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career, US

The objective of the BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career
Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) is to enhance
biomedical research workforce diversity and foster a strong cohort of
new, highly skilled and well trained, NIH-supported, independent
investigators from diverse backgrounds working in research areas
supported by the BRAIN Initiative, as highlighted in BRAIN 2025: A
Scientific Vision. Eligible groups for this FOA include: persons
underrepresented by race/ethnicity, persons with a disability, and/or

The first due date is August 1, 2018:
PAR-18-814 (Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed):
PAR-18-813 (Clinical Trial Required):

Register for an application guidance webinar on June 12 at 1:00 pm

For questions, please contact: Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D. at


From: Rejniak, Katarzyna A <>
Date: Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 11:07 AM
Subject: Postdoctoral position at Moffitt-IMO

Postdoctoral Fellow – Mathematical Oncology

A post-doctoral fellowship is available in the computational
laboratory of Dr. Kasia Rejniak
( at the Integrated
Mathematical Oncology Department of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
and Research Institute. This position is funded by the NIH Physical
Sciences Oncology Network grant “Physical Dynamics of Cancer Response
to Chemotherapy in 3D Microenvironments” and can be filled starting in
September 2018.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD degree in applied or computational
mathematics, computer sciences, bioengineering, or computational
physics, and have strong expertise in mathematical modeling and
computational programming in mathematical biology/oncology. A
familiarity with agent-based models is not required, but preferred.
Enthusiasm for working in an interdisciplinary team is expected, since
the project will be conducted in close collaboration with
experimentalists and image analysis experts in order to integrate in
silico models with laboratory data.

Applicants should send a brief description of research interest,
curriculum vitae, the names and contact details of three references to
Dr. Rejniak at<>
and fill in an online application at: job number: 27662.

From: Denise Kirschner <>
Date: Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 9:07 PM
Subject: CfA: AAI Intersect Fellowship Program, Sept. 4

AAI Intersect Fellowship for Computational Scientists and Immunologists

Apply for Salary Support for a Postdoctoral Fellow!

This fellowship program is intended to encourage understanding and
communication between immunology researchers and computational
scientists. A PI may apply to support a postdoctoral fellow trained in
bench research to train in computational science, or a postdoctoral
fellow in computational science to train in an immunology lab. One of
the collaborating PIs must be an AAI member to apply for the Intersect
Fellowship, which provides one year of salary support for a
postdoctoral fellow.

Apply now for the AAI Intersect Fellowship Program!

Submit your application by 11:59 PM EST on September 4, 2018,
for the 2018 award cycle.

For more information, please visit
Direct inquiries to

The American Association of Immunologists annually honors the research
achievements and professional promise of over 1,000 scientists through
fellowships, career awards, and travel grants. To learn about all AAI
awards and grants, visit


From: Owens, Roland (NIH/OD) [E] <>
sent: Friday, June 1, 2018 8:45 AM
resent-from: Mejia, Raymond (NIH/NHLBI) [E] <>
Subject: Selected NIH Intramural Research and other job opening – June 2018

Staff Scientist – Communications Engineering Branch, NLM – (deadline: June 10)

The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHC),
an Intramural Research Program of the National Library of Medicine
(NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of
Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recruiting a Staff Scientist
within the Communications Engineering Branch (CEB), in Bethesda, MD.
This recruitment is part of consolidating, maintaining its leading
role and securing the future of Biomedical Image Informatics and
Machine Learning (data science) research at LHC.  The position
includes access to comprehensive NLM core facilities and the unique
and extensive resources of the NIH. Biomedical Image Informatics,
coupled with machine learning, especially deep learning models, has
seen significant growth in recent years as an integral part of data
science. It is currently seen as central to the further development of
techniques for clinical decision making, automated disease screening,
automated image indexing for search and retrieval, and automated
understanding of scientific literature. These are areas of research
and development wherein LHC is recognized as a leader, attested to by
large numbers of publications for many years.

The creation of the position is necessary to support ongoing efforts,
secure LHC’s future leading role in this area, and address the
development of new fundamental approaches to the areas referred to
above. This research and development is central to supporting the NLM
mission of advancing medical and related sciences through the
collection, dissemination, and exchange of information: much of this
information exists in unstructured image form and Biomedical Image
Informatics and deep learning methods are needed to translate this
information to machine-readable form, so that it can be efficiently
discovered and accessed by the research community, the public,
patients, and families.

Eligible candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D. (or M.D., Ph.D.) or
equivalent doctoral degree in advanced computational or engineering
sciences. The staff scientist in this position should be an
outstanding scientist, with at least five years of significant
experience in, and high-quality scientific contributions to,
biomedical image informatics and machine learning, a proven record of
independent research, mentorship abilities and international
recognition in biomedical and clinical imaging research.  The research
directions supported by the staff scientist in this position include
advancing algorithms for: 1) extraction of information from images; 2)
enabling better discoverability, such as automated indexing of
clinical images; and 3) research in automated disease screening and
clinical decision making.

Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments,
and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement,
health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan
participation, etc.) is available. All employees of the Federal
Government are subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and
regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct.  Additional
information regarding the LHC and NLM is available at

To apply, please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography,
statement of research interest and three letters of recommendation to:
Celina Wood by e-mail or regular mail: Lister Hill National Center for
Biomedical Communications; Attention: Celina Wood, AO, LHNCBC;
Building 38A – Room 7S710 – MSC 3828; 8600 Rockville Pike; Bethesda,
MD 20894;

Applications must be received on or before June 10, 2018, for consideration.
DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

Staff Scientist – Cardiovascular Disease Section, NHGRI (deadline: June 30)

The Cardiovascular Disease Section (CDS), an Intramural Research
Program within the Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease
Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), is recruiting for a Staff
Scientist position. The successful candidate will become part of a
vibrant research environment at NIH-NHGRI and join Dr. Gibbons’
multi-disciplinary research team composed of research fellows, staff,
and students with a range of expertise including: genetics,
epidemiology, health disparities research, bioinformatics, systems
biology, clinical science, computational biology, and molecular

The Cardiovascular Disease Section conducts research, particularly
that elucidates human systems biology, bio-social interactions, and
molecular networks that mediate the predisposition of individuals of
African ancestry to cardio-metabolic disorders. The conceptual
framework of the program seeks to integrate a multi-level approach
that incorporates both systems biology and a socio-ecologic model in
understanding the multi-dimensional determinants of ancestry-related
differences in health and disease. For more details on Dr. Gibbon’s
research program, please visit:

The staff scientist position requires organizational skills, attention
to detail, initiative, effective communication, as demonstrated in
presentations and publications, and an aptitude for multi-tasking.
Exposure and experience with population-based research, extensive
programming in R or SAS, experience collaborating with a
multi-disciplinary team of investigators, and evidenced authorship and
co-authorship of publications is also essential.

Qualified candidates should be highly motivated and have a doctoral
degree with research experience and training in one of the following:
genetics, genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, computational
biology, systems biology, bioinformatics, molecular biology or a
related field. Four years of previous post-doctoral research
experience in at least one of these fields is highly desirable. The
staff scientist position is afforded significant intellectual autonomy
within the Cardiovascular Disease Section and plays a leadership role
in: being an active investigator, engaging in the oversight of
research projects by trainees, and supervising research personnel and
the operational management of the laboratory.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, curriculum
vitae, a detailed letter of interests, and three letters of references
to When sending your information., please
indicate “Applicant for Staff Scientist” in the subject heading. The
closing date for all applications is June 30, 2018.

Also, see: The NIH Intramural Research Program

Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows: and

From: NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD) <>
resent-from: Mejia, Raymond (NIH/NHLBI) [E] <>
Date: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 12:48 PM
Subject: NIH Update: 2018 Fiscal Policies, …

NIH 2018 Fiscal Policies, New Human Subjects System, Prior Approval Requirements


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