SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 48

November 15, 2018
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Issue’s Topics:
Reproducibility in Mathematical Biology
Workshop for Women in Mathematical Biology, UCLA, Jun 17-21
Call for Applications: NIMBioS Investigative Workshop
Junior researcher: Infectious Disease Control, Rotterdam
PhD Positions: Computational Biology, Edinburgh
Postdoc: Mathematical modeling of vesicle transport, Brandeis
Postdoc: Cardiovascular Modeling & Simulation, UNC-Chapel Hill
Associate Professor in Mathematical Imaging, Nottingham
Assistant Professor in Statistics, University of Missouri
SMBnet Reminders


From: Santiago Schnell <>
Date: Nov 13, 2018, 3:45 PM
Subject: Reproducibility in Mathematical Biology

Reproducibility of scientific research has become an important focus
of discussion in the life sciences community. The issues unfortunately
are not limited to the experimental sciences, but also apply to
computational research. Scientific journals must play an essential
role in the remediation of this problem, including the Bulletin of
Mathematical Biology. What, if anything, should the Bulletin do to
increase reproducibility of work reported in its pages? In the
December issue of the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
(, we publish
five invited articles that address different aspects of this problem,
with some proposed solutions. We hope that these articles can
stimulate a discussion among the members of the mathematical biology
community. In order to coordinate the input effectively, we request
that you email thoughts and responses directly to both Reinhard
Laubenbacher ( and Alan Hastings



From: Denise Kirschner <>
Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 6:39 PM
Subject: Workshop for Women in Mathematical Biology, UCLA, Jun 17-21

Collaborative Workshop for Women in Mathematical Biology
Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics, UCLA
June 17-21, 2019

For details, please visit:



From: Catherine Crawley <>
Date: Nov 12, 2018, 4:50 PM
Subject: Call for Applications: NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative
Workshop, “Scientific Collaboration Enabled by High Performance
Computing,” to be held May 13-15, 2019, at NIMBioS.

Objectives: This 2 1/2 day workshop showcases important scientific
research using big data and high performance computing and will
feature new developments in high performance computing. A main goal is
to facilitate new collaborations. The workshop will include several
invited research talks, a poster session, breakout discussion sessions
and a panel discussion. Applicants with research in a variety of
scientific areas, ranging from biology to climate and to biomedical
engineering, are encouraged to apply, including faculty, postdocs and
advanced graduate students. Apply to present your work in our poster

Confirmed speakers and panelists: Srinivas Aluru, Georgia Institute of
Technology * Jack Dongarra, Univ. of Tennessee * Tanzima Islam,
Western Washington Univ. * Miriam Leeser, Northeastern Univ. * Shirley
Moore, Oak Ridge National Laboratory * Hai Ah Nam, Los Alamos National
Laboratory * Tandy Warnow, Univ. of Illinois * Cathy Wu, Univ. of

Full details at

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online application form, go to



From: F. Giardina <>
Date: Nov 10, 2018, 11:37 AM
Subject: Junior researcher: Infectious Disease Control, Rotterdam

For details, see:



From: OyarzĂșn, Diego A <>
Date: Nov 9, 2018, 12:48 PM
Subject: PhD Positions: Computational Biology, Edinburgh

We are advertising three PhD studentships in the group of Dr Diego
OyarzĂșn at the University of Edinburgh. We have various topics at the
interface of mathematical modelling, systems & synthetic biology.
Interested applicants should contact attaching a
CV, or apply directly through one of the following links:


More information at

Application deadline is 13 December 2018.



From: Thomas Fai <>
Date: Nov 10, 2018, 9:02 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Mathematical modeling of vesicle transport, Brandeis

A postdoctoral position is available at Brandeis University to work on
mathematical modeling and simulation of membrane-bound vesicle
transport inside of neurons. Mathematical techniques include PDE-based
models of cell mechanics and fluid dynamics, numerical methods for
fluid-structure interaction, dynamical systems, and asymptotics.
Potential research topics include building stochastic models to assess
the importance of noise, using image processing of experimental data
to characterize the behavior in real dendritic spine geometries, and
exploring the mechanisms of synaptic strengthening and atrophy.

Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2018 on
( For further info, contact
Thomas Fai (



From: Griffith, Boyce Eugene <>
Date: Nov 13, 2018, 6:01 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Cardiovascular Modeling & Simulation, UNC-Chapel Hill

Applications are invited for one or more postdoctoral research
associate positions within the Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary
Applied Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel

We are particularly seeking individuals who are interested in joining
a multidisciplinary team to develop multiscale fluid-structure
interaction models of atrial fibrillation (AFib) for understanding
and, ultimately, predicting clotting risk in AFib patients. This NIH-
funded project includes substantial collaborations with UNC School of
Medicine, Duke University and Duke School of Medicine, and the
University of Utah. Other potential projects including the
development, verification, and validation of computer models of
cardiovascular medical devices within a project funded by the NSF-FDA
Scholar-in-Residence at FDA program.

Please provide via (1) a
vita; (2) a brief statement of research interests; and (3) three
letters of reference. Applicants must also apply online at to be considered for this
position. A PhD in mathematics, computer science, bioengineering, or a
related field is required. Prior experience in computational fluid
dynamics, computational mechanics, cardiac electrophysiology, or
thrombosis is desirable. Ideally, applicants will also have
substantial experience with scientific computing using compiled
software languages (C, C++, Fortran).

For further information, please contact Boyce Griffith (



From: Stephen Coombes <>
Date: Nov 14, 2018, 9:48 AM
Subject: Associate Professor in Mathematical Imaging, Nottingham

As part of the growth of activity in Precision Imaging at Nottingham
there is an opening at Associate Professor level in the area of
Mathematical Imaging. The post-holder will undertake original research
of international excellence in Mathematical Imaging or closely related
areas including Neuroimaging and Computational Neuroscience,
complementing and enhancing the current activity of the Mathematical
Medicine and Biology group
( and the University
Beacon in Precision Imaging

For information about how to apply please visit:



From: Guthrie, Ellen <>
Date: Nov 14, 2018, 11:32 PM
Subject: Assistant Professor in Statistics, University of Missouri

The Department of Statistics at the University of Missouri invites
applications for an Assistant Professor position. We seek creative
statisticians with a strong theoretical foundation who have a
demonstrated commitment to creating new approaches, theoretically
sound methods, computational means and tools that can tackle
challenging biomedical and translational precision medicine questions
arising in this era of ‘big data’ integrated from heterogeneous
domains of genetics, biological, (patho)physiological and clinical.
The Department of Statistics and School of Medicine offer a unique
opportunity with the Program of Statistical Translational Precision
Medicine housed in the School of Medicine’s Center for Biomedical
Informatics (CBMI). The program includes a wide collection of
multidisciplinary teams that seek to address a diverse set of
problems. CBMI has created a supportive and interactive environment
for researchers with quantitative and theoretical skills to work
collaboratively – and lead – strong collaborative opportunities at the
SOM affiliate hospitals and clinics. The successful candidate will
have primary appointment in the Department of Statistics and will
participate in the Department of Statistics educational programs and
the SOM graduate programs with their established record of attracting
extraordinary graduate students.

For more details, apply online through at (#12990). Questions concerning the
position can be sent to Prof. Scott Holan (



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