SMB Digest Volume 19 Issue 11

SMB DIGEST ISSN 1086-6566 
March 20, 2019
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Issue's Topics:
     Biomathematics 2019 ESMTB Summer School
     Summer School: Data Science and Epidemic Models, Trento, July 8-12
     2019 Summer School in Computational Biology - from molecules to tissues
     Soft Tissue Modelling Workshop, 5-7 June 2019, Glasgow
     Cognitive Science Master program in Moscow Russia
     PhD Positions in Life Sciences, Math Modelling and Image Analysis
     Postdoctoral Position(s): Computational and Mathematical Biology, UCLA 
     Postdoc: Computational Biology, Edinburgh
     Selected NIH Intramural Research and other job openings - March 2019
     SMBnet Reminders


from: Berec Luděk <>
date: Mar 14, 2019, 4:07 AM
subject: Biomathematics 2019 ESMTB Summer School

Biomathematics ESMTB Summer School 2019
Modelling in Marine Ecology
Isola delle Femmine (PA) Sicily, Italy 8-21 September 2019

Please see

Looking forward to seeing you in Palermo,

The management and scientific committee of the ESMTB Summer School 2019: Ludek
Berec, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice , Czech Republic,
Jean-Christophe Poggiale, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France,
Simona Panunzi, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Systems
Analysis and Computer Science, Rome, Italy,


from: Andrea Pugliese <>
date: Mar 13, 2019, 4:18 AM
subject: Summer School: Data Science and Epidemic Models, Trento, July 8-12

Summer School “Data Science and Epidemic Models”, Trento, July 8-12, 2019.
Deadline for participation April 2.

The Summer School “Data Science and Epidemic Models” will take place in Trento,
Italy, from July 8 to 12, 2019.
The summer school aims at presenting state-of-the art techniques to exploit the
available data to improve our understanding of epidemic dynamics and spread.

The topics will include:
 • computational and statistical methods for analyzing epidemiological data, as
well as data arising from new technological tools (such as genetic analysis,
social media...)
 • methods for inferring detailed mobility and contact patterns to be
integrated in global epidemic models.
The school will include some hours of computer practice in the application of
the methods, and it is intended for Ph.D. students, beginning post-docs and
advanced Master’s students, preferably with some experience in the area.
 • Nuno Faria, University of Oxford (UK)
 • Christophe Fraser, University of Oxford (UK)
 • Niel Hens, Hasselt University (Belgium)
 • Aaron King, University of Michigan (USA)
 • Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University, Boston (USA)

Participation will be limited to 50 people; participation fee 250 Euros.
The on-line form for participation is available at

Deadline: April 2, 2019.
All information available on the web site
To contact us, write an e-mail to


from: Armindo Salvador <>
date: Mar 15, 2019, 1:04 PM
subject: 2019 Summer School in Computational Biology - from molecules to tissues

The Computational Biology network at the University of Coimbra
( is pleased to announce the 2019
Summer School in Computational Biology - from molecules to tissues, to be held
in Coimbra (Portugal) on the 2nd to 12th September 2019. This will be an
intensive introductory course targeted to students from the M. Sc. to
post-doctoral levels with either biological or exact sciences backgrounds who
wish to acquire skills and a broad perspective in Computational Biology. It
will include introductory lectures, courses on specialized Computational
Biology topics, seminars on recent developments, and mini-research projects.
There will be two parallel tracks of introductory lectures: A. Mathematics and
physics for students with a life sciences background; B. Biology for students
with an exact sciences background. Students who so wish will be welcome to
present their work in a poster session.

In order to apply, please send a CV to no later
then May 15, indicating also which introductory track you intend to follow.

The registration fee for the selected candidates is 60€, to be paid after
acceptance (announced by May 20) and no later than June 30.  Accommodation at
discounted rates will be available.  For further information please see


from: Nick Hill <>
date: Mar 14, 2019, 1:04 PM
subject: Soft Tissue Modelling Workshop, 5-7 June 2019, Glasgow

The Fourth Soft Tissue Modelling Workshop will be held on 5-7 June 2019 at the
University of Glasgow, (Scotland, U.K.)

This workshop is a lively international forum for the most recent advances in
the field of soft tissue mechanics and its applications. The invited speakers

Gerard Ateshian (USA)
Alain Goriely (UK),
Gerhard Holzapfel (Austria),
Rajagopal Kumbakonam (USA)
Alfio Quarteroni (Italy)
Paul Steinmann (Germany/UK)

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 March 2019.

See  for further details, abstract submission
and registration.


from: Tadamasa Sawada <>
date: Mar 14, 2019, 4:25 AM
subject: Cognitive Science Master program in Moscow Russia

Dear colleagues,

A Master's Program in Cognitive Sciences and Technologies: From Neuron to
Cognition ( is now open for international candidates
at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) in
Moscow, Russia. This program is entirely taught in English.

There are a few positions with a full tuition-waiver. This waiver will only be
considered for applications submitted before March 31.
Several positions are available for a tuition-discount. This discount will only
be considered for applications submitted by August 20.
Note that applications are being reviewed in the order in which they were
received. Also note that the tuition-waiver and tuition-discount positions may
be filled before their deadlines (March 31 for the tuition-waiver and August 20
for the tuition-discount).
(An admission period of the program for Russian candidates is different and
will be later. Please contact to us.)

Please check the following websites for information about our admission
(a) explains the general procedures for all master programs at HSE. 
(b) lists the additional materials needed to apply to our cognitive program.
Please follow the directions on both of these websites carefully.

You can find additional information such as courses, teachers, etc. at:
Please let me know if you have any questions about this program.
We are looking forward to receiving your applications.


from: Martin Wild <>
date: Mar 13, 2019, 10:28 AM
subject: PhD Positions in Life Sciences, Math Modelling and Image Analysis

16 PhD Positions in Life Sciences, Mathematical Modelling and Image Analysis

The joint graduate program of the Research Cluster Cells in Motion (CiM) and
the International Max Planck Research School – Molecular Biomedicine
(IMPRS-MBM) offers positions to pursue PhD projects in the areas of biology,
chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer science. We are looking for young
scientists with a vivid interest in interdisciplinary projects to image cell
dynamics from the subcellular to the patient level. PhD projects range from the
analysis of basic cellular processes to clinical translation, from the
application of novel biophysical approaches and the generation of mathematical
models to the development of new imaging-related techniques and compounds.

Research areas:
Cell and Molecular Biology * Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Vascular Biology * Immunology
Microbiology * Neurobiology
In vivo Imaging * High Resolution Optical Imaging
Biophysics * Chemical Biology
Label Chemistry * Mathematical Modelling
and more.

Applications for the PhD program can be submitted from 1 March  – 26 April
2019. Projects start in October 2019 (earlier start possible if desired).
Applications can only be submitted via our online system.

For online application and further information go to

We offer 16 PhD positions. More positions financed by work contracts may be
offered depending on availability. Excellent scientific and transferable skills
trainings, competitive work contracts or tax-free fellowships as well as
support with administrative matters, accommodation, and visas are part of the
program. There are no tuition fees. The program language is English. We invite
applications from highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality
from biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences and
physics. We are looking forward to your application for a PhD position in



from: Tom Chou <>
date: Mar 15, 2019, 11:02 PM
subject: Postdoctoral Position(s): Computational and Mathematical Biology, UCLA 

UCLA Computational and Mathematical Biology Postdoc/Fellow:

One or two postdoctoral positions are available with appointments in either the
Department of Mathematics, Department of Biomathematics, or in the Quantitative
and Computational Biosciences Institute at UCLA.  Some teaching opportunities
in the Math department or in Computational Biology workshops may be available
and encouraged, but not necessary.

The position can be partially funded by the Army Research Office, NSF, and/or
NIH, allowing the fellow to work on a broad range of topics including projects

(1) Model and understand the dynamics of the T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire.
Develop high-dimensional hybrid deterministic/stochastic models of
birth-death-immigration processes.  Analyze TCR abundance data. Understand how
heterogeneity affects TCR diversity and how antigen activation affects

(2) Model hematopoiesis (especially in the context of transplantation and
barcoded populations of stem cells). Develop high-dimensional hybrid
deterministic/stochastic models of tagged populations of cell lineages.
Understand T-cell recovery experiments in rhesus macaque.  Develop a
high-dimensional Bayesian model for blood sampling.

(3) Develop predictive psychophysics models for stress response. Understand
neuroendocrine control in PTSD and other depressive disorders. Incorporate
higher brain activity and stochasticity in dynamical models of stress and

(4) Other fun problems in population biology, stochastic processes, and
biophysics, including developing more formal mathematical approaches in these

These problems will probably involve stochastic analysis, marrying numerical
and analytical/asymptotic approaches, and some data analysis and inference. The
ideal candidate will be trained in applied mathematics and/or statistical
physics, have good modeling/analytical skills, physical intuition, and have
experience with (or willingness to learn and apply) statistical mechanics,
stochastic processes, numerics, MC simulation, and inference/optimization.
Motivation and excellent scientific writing/communication are crucial.

Please email with CV, short description of past
research, and names of three references. Target date for
starting one postdoc is summer 2019.


from: SCHUMACHER Linus <>
date: Mar 19, 2019, 8:45 AM
subject: Postdoc: Computational Biology, Edinburgh



from: Owens, Roland (NIH/OD) [E] <>
date: Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 4:16 PM
resent-from: Mejia, Raymond (NIH/NHLBI) [E] <>
subject: Selected NIH Intramural Research and other job openings - March 2019

Scientific Director
National Library of Medicine
(deadline: March 18)

Please see:

Staff Scientist, Bioinformaticist / Computational Biologist 
Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch, NIEHS
(Review of Applications Received Begins: April 4)

Please see:

The NIH Intramural Research Program

Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows


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