SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 32

August 9, 2018
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Issue’s Topics:
Conference: Undergraduate Research at…, Oct 27-28, NIMBioS
Conference: …AnaLysis of Seizures, Sep 2-5, 2019, U Exeter
PhD Position: Whole-Cell Modelling, U Edinburgh, UK
Post-doc: Hydrothermal Vent Metacommunity Dynamics, Woods Hole
Post-doc: Epid. & Evol. of Transmissible Vaccines, U Idaho, US
Post-doc: Microcirculation Modeling, U Arizona, US
Post-docs: Eco-Evo Theory, Metabolic Networks, Michigan St U
Fellowships: Predictive Modelling for Future Food, U Nottingham
NIH: Selected Intramural Research Job Openings, August 2018
NSF: New Program, Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries…
SMBnet Reminders


From: Catherine Crawley <>
Date: Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 9:38 AM
Subject: Conference: Undergraduate Research at…, Oct 27-28, NIMBioS

Celebrating 10 years! The National Institute for Mathematical and
Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) will host the tenth annual Undergraduate
Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology on
Oct. 27-28, 2018, 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 high school teachers.

A limited amount of support is available to cover the cost of
registration, lodging and travel – deadline is September 10 to request
funding. Conference registration deadline is October 5, 2018.

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: Goodfellow, Marc <>
Date: Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 7:27 AM
Subject: Conference: …AnaLysis of Seizures, Sep 2-5, 2019, U Exeter

The International Conference for Technology and AnaLysis of Seizures,
2019 (ICTALS2019) will take place at the University of Exeter, September
2nd – 5th 2019.

The goal of this conference is to bring together neurologists,
neuroscientists, researchers from quantitative disciplines and people
with lived experience of epilepsy in order to work as a community to
advance our understanding of epilepsy and develop practical ways to
improve diagnosis and treatment.

This is the second ICTALS conference, which is an evolution of the
previous International Workshop on Seizure Prediction (IWSP) series.

The theme for this year’s conference will be: “The Epilepsy Journey:
from first seizure to treatment and beyond”. We will emphasise how
advances in our understanding of the dynamics of brain networks can be
used to make a difference to people with epilepsy at all points of their
journey: from elucidating the causes of the first seizure to diagnosing
epilepsy, understanding how ictogenic networks give rise to recurrent
seizures and how this insight can inform personalised treatment. To
encourage this focus on translatable output of research we will seek to
include all relevant communities. In addition to focussing on current
scientific, clinical and technological advances, we will take steps to
increase accessibility for people with lived experience of epilepsy.

We have begun to create a webpage for the conference, which we will
populate with further information in due course. You can find this at:


From: Peter Swain <>
Date: Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 7:25 AM
Subject: PhD Position: Whole-Cell Modelling, U Edinburgh, UK

A well-funded PhD position in whole-cell modelling is available for an
immediate start in the School of Biological Sciences at the University
of Edinburgh. The successful student will work with Peter Swain to study
translation and growth in budding yeast within Syncrop, a Marie Curie
network. Applicants must have modelling experience, be EU citizens, and
not currently be resident in the UK.

Please contact if interested.


From: Michael Neubert <>
Date: Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 7:03 AM
Subject: Post-doc: Hydrothermal Vent Metacommunity Dynamics, Woods Hole

Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

We seek a postdoctoral investigator to develop and analyze mathematical
models describing the processes that generate patterns of species
diversity observed at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. We are particularly
interested in how metacommunity processes-including dispersal,
disturbance, and succession-interact to drive patterns of diversity.

The ideal candidate will have completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics,
Biological Oceanography, Ecology, or a related discipline and have
demonstrable expertise in mathematical ecology (in particular, the
mathematical modelling of population and/or community dynamics). The
successful applicant will work with the three PIs (Michael Neubert,
Lauren Mullineaux, and Julie Kellner) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Institution has a
top-rated postdoctoral program ( that
supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and
career guidance programs. While the primary focus of the work will be on
research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to
participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the

Applications received by September 1 will be given high priority. The
initial appointment will be for 15 months, with the possibility of
extension if funding can be secured.

Please contact Michael Neubert ( with questions about
the project. To apply, please submit, as a single pdf file, an
application (including a short cover letter, a curriculum vita, a
statement of past research experience and future interests, and contact
information for three references), to Michael Neubert and online


From: Remien, Christopher <>
Date: Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 2:01 PM
Subject: Post-doc: Epid. & Evol. of Transmissible Vaccines, U Idaho, US

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist interested in developing and
analyzing mathematical models on the epidemiology and evolution of
transmissible vaccines as well as developing statistical tools for
estimating key parameters from experimental data. The postdoc will have
the freedom to choose their specific questions and topics within this
broad area. The work is part of an ongoing collaboration between Scott
L. Nuismer, Chris Remien, and Jim Bull but will soon extend to a
broader, multi-university collaboration. Although the project is to
develop theory, possibly including computational analysis, the postdoc
will have access to a rich stream of data emerging from experiments
evaluating the performance of live transmissible vaccines targeting
Ebola and Lassa fever in their animal reservoirs.

The position is available October 1 of 2018 and will be based at the
University of Idaho. The post-doc will be co-supervised by Scott L.
Nuismer (Departments of Biology and Mathematics) and Chris Remien
(Departments of Mathematics and Biology); numerous opportunities exist
for interaction with our empirical collaborators. Jim Bull (U. of Texas)
will be joining the group in mid-late 2019.

Applicants should have a PhD in evolutionary biology, ecology,
mathematics, or a related field and a demonstrated ability to develop,
analyze, and publish mathematical models of biological processes. To
apply, e-mail a CV and the names and contact information of three
references to Scott L. Nuismer ( and Chris Remien
( The initial appointment will be one year with the
possibility of renewal for an additional year. Review of applications
will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


From: Timothy W. Secomb <>
Date: Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 1:17 PM
Subject: Post-doc: Microcirculation Modeling, U Arizona, US

Dr. Timothy W. Secomb, University of Arizona, is seeking a Postdoctoral
Research Associate to conduct theoretical research on the
microcirculation, using mathematical and computational techniques. The
research will be on blood flow and oxygen transport, including flow
regulation, structural adaptation of blood vessels and angiogenesis.
Applicants should have a strong background in mathematical and
computational modeling techniques, and experience applying such
techniques to physiological problems. In addition, the ideal candidate
will be able to work with a high degree of independence, to find
creative solutions to challenging scientific problems, and to
communicate effectively in scientific writing and in oral presentations.
The University of Arizona currently ranks 23rd among public universities
in the US in overall research expenditures and 6th in physical science
research. Located in an attractive area of the southwestern United
States, the campus is highly interdisciplinary and collegial. As an
equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of
Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages
applications from individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds.
Applications should be submitted at, posting
number P20619. Applicants should include a letter of interest and
curriculum vitae including names and contact information of three
references. For further information, please see or email


From: Christopher Klausmeier <>
Date: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 1:36 PM
Subject: Post-docs: Eco-Evo Theory, Metabolic Networks, Michigan St U

We’re looking for two theoretical eco-evo postdocs: 1) evolution of
microbial metabolic networks (NASA) & 2) interplay of intra- and
interspecific trait variation (NSF). Review starts 8/20/18.

1) Evolution of microbial metabolic networks

A postdoctoral position is available in the Litchman and Klausmeier labs
at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station. The postdoc
will participate in a NASA Exobiology funded project in collaboration
with researchers from France and Germany on modeling the evolutionary
emergence of diverse microbial metabolisms. We are looking for a
quantitative modeler who uses cellular metabolic models such as Flux
Balance Analysis, Elementary Flux Mode Analysis and others to interface
them with the models of ecological interactions. Experience with
eco-evolutionary modeling would be advantageous and the manuscript
writing skills are essential.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on
performance and continued funding. Start date is as soon as possible.
Interested applicants should apply through (job posting
499652) and include a cover letter describing motivation, research
interests and relevant experience, CV, and the names and contact
information of three references. Review of applications will begin
August 20, 2018 and continue until filled. For questions on the
position, email Elena Litchman (

2) Eco-evolutionary theory

A postdoctoral position is available in the Klausmeier and Litchman labs
at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station. The postdoc
will participate in a collaborative NSF-funded project on the origin and
maintenance of intraspecific trait diversity in phytoplankton. We are
looking for a modeler to develop eco-evolutionary models of trait
diversity. A familiarity with plankton systems would be advantageous but
not required.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on
performance and continued funding. Start date is as soon as possible.
Interested applicants should apply through (job posting
520388) and include a cover letter describing motivation, research
interests and relevant experience, CV, and the names and contact
information of three references. Review of applications will begin
August 20, 2018 and continue until filled. For questions on the
position, email Chris Klausmeier (


From: Markus Owen <>
Date: Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 8:49 AM
Subject: Fellowships: Predictive Modelling for Future Food, U Nottingham

University of Nottingham – Fellowships in Predictive Modelling for
Future Food

The Future Food Beacon of Excellence addresses the challenge of feeding
a growing population in a changing world.

The Fellow in Predictive Modelling for Future Food will develop
mathematical, statistical and/or computational modelling approaches for
food systems that enable prediction of outcomes for proposed
interventions, new understanding and identification of novel strategies
for agricultural resilience and enhanced nutrition. They will work
within the newly established Future Food Beacon research community,
where they will be expected to develop links and work with colleagues
across the University of Nottingham with interests relevant to Future
Food. The successful candidate will be required to set up an independent
research group which attracts public and/or charitable research funding
and establish an excellent publication record in high-impact,
peer-reviewed journals.

These internally funded fellowships include:
-three years’ salary costs
-up to £25,000 per annum research expenses
-up to £5,000 per annum taxable childcare costs
-link to permanent academic appointment (subject to performance and the
right to work in the UK).

This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates do not
normally have more than eight years’ post-doctoral experience. However,
there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral
experience as this doesn’t allow for variations of career paths across
disciplines. Candidates will be assessed on their quality, potential and
track record, relative to their career stage.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Future Food Beacon of
Excellence at

To apply, please send your two-page CV, one-page covering letter and a
one-page summary of your research proposal to by the 31 August 2018.


From: Owens, Roland (NIH/OD) [E] <>
Date: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 3:25 PM
Re-sent from: Raymond Mejía <>
Subject: NIH: Selected Intramural Research Job Openings, August 2018

Staff Scientist
Social Epidemiology Research Unit, NHGRI
(deadline: August 31)

The NIH National Human Genome Research Institute seeks a Staff Scientist
for its Social Epidemiology Research Unit. The successful candidate will
join a lab comprised of population-based epidemiologists focused on
cardiovascular phenotypes. The individual will be engaged in social
epidemiology research assessing the relationship of social factors on
cardiovascular phenotypes and related mechanisms. The individual will
also be engaged in human social genomics and social epigenetics based on
RNA, transcriptomic, methylation and mechanisms related to social
exposure. Human social genomics/epigenetics is a new field of genomics
that examines the effect of exposure to social factors on gene
expression. This research includes genomic, clinical, socio-demographic,
and social factors (i.e. socioeconomic status, perceived stress,
neighborhood characteristics). The conceptual framework seeks to
understand the influence of exposome on gene expression. Machine
learning, as well as classical modelling techniques, will be employed.

The Staff Scientist, under the direction of the PI, will manage the lab,
supervise technical staff and research trainees and oversee the general
operation of the laboratory. The Staff Scientist will develop an
independent research program based on the portfolio of the lab. The
individual will collaborate with other scientists in the lab, the
Branch, NHGRI and throughout NIH. The individual will also be expected
to oversee all databases in the lab.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates should be highly motivated and have
a doctoral degree with training in population-based epidemiology with
exposure to genomics research. Four years of previous post-doctoral
research experience is highly desirable. The teamwork, research and
oversight role of the Staff Scientist requires initiative,
organizational skills, attention to detail, good interpersonal skills,
and effective communication. To Apply: Interested applicants should
submit their cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for
three references to: Please indicate “Applicant
for Staff Scientist” in the email subject heading. The closing date for
all applications is August 31, 2018.

Tenure-Track “Earl Stadtman Investigators”
(deadline: September 30)

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
tenth annual call for researchers who want to be “NIH Earl Stadtman
Investigators”. These are tenure-track positions (assistant professor
equivalent) within the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP). As a
member of the IRP, you join a team whose hallmarks are stable funding,
intellectual freedom, shared resources, and access to a wide range of
scientific expertise. A wide array of scientists already has been hired
through the “Stadtman” recruitment mechanism over the last nine 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. 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 a description of your leadership, mentoring and
outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from
racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical
research; (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 30, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EDT). You will be asked to designate 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, 2018 (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, commitment to
diversity, 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

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


From: Henry Warchall <>
Date: Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 1:37 PM
Reply-to: dmsnews <>
Subject: NSF: New Program, Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries…

A new NSF program solicitation (NSF 18-578) is now available:

Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials
Science, Engineering and Information (Q-AMASE-i)

Please see for details.

— Letter of Intent (required) Deadline Date: September 17, 2018
— Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 5, 2018


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