SMB Digest Volume 19 Issue 29

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
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Issue’s Topics:
         Virtual ePanel: …Engaging Women in Vector Control, Oct 1
         Symposium: Cell Fate, Oct 28-29, UC Irvine, US
         Bootcamp: Cancer Evolution, Dec 2-6, Arizona St U
         School: Mathematical Biology, Jan 12-18, São Paulo, Brazil
         School: Community Ecology…, Jan 20-25, São Paulo, Brazil
         Workshop: Dynamical Systems Applied to…, Feb 4-7, U Trento
         Post-doc: Computational Analysis of Tumor Data, New York
         Post-doc: Hippocampal Modeling, LSUHSC, New Orleans
         Post-doc: Anti-microbial Resistance Model., North Carolina St U
         Tenure-Track Position: Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College, US
         Tenure-Track Position: Systems Biology, Virginia Tech, US
         Tenure-Track Position: Biomathematics, Florida St U
         Assistant/Associate Professor: Math Biol/Neurosci, U Nottingham
         NSF: Security & Trustworthy Cyberspace, Updated
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from: keystonesymposia <>
date: Sep 19, 2019, 7:10 AM
subject: Virtual ePanel: …Engaging Women in Vector Control, Oct 1



from: Qing Nie <>
date: Sep 18, 2019, 1:00 PM
subject: Symposium: Cell Fate, Oct 28-29, UC Irvine, US

The NSF-Simons Center for Multiscale Cell Fate Research
( will host its 2019 annual symposium on
October 28-29, 2019 at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of
Sciences & Engineering on UC Irvine campus.

The symposium website including registration link is available at

This symposium will focus on the emergent properties of cell fate and
provides several opportunities for initiating collaborations between
young researchers across disciplines, including a competition for
Interdisciplinary Opportunity Awards that support collaborative
projects. The symposium invites submission of abstracts for posters
or/and contributed talks. Travel awards for young researchers are also


from: Cristina Baciu <>
date: Sep 20, 2019, 12:12 PM
subject: Bootcamp: Cancer Evolution, Dec 2-6, Arizona St U

Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE) will host the Methods in Evolution
and Cancer bootcamp, taking place December 2-6, 2019, at Arizona State

General Description:
Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE)  will hold its first Methods in
Evolution and Cancer Bootcamp between December 2-6, 2019, at Arizona
State University in Tempe. During this week-long event, experts will
demonstrate cutting-edge techniques in computational biology that enable
researchers to better visualize cancer development. Through lectures and
hands-on tutorials, students will learn about methods in evolution and
cancer, develop new skills, and start new collaborations.

Topics covered will include: how to read the information in a pathology
slide, better characterization of tumor clones, building phylogenetic
trees from cancer data, science communications, and more. The boot camp
will include morning lectures and tutorials. In afternoon sessions,
students will engage in hands-on projects and data analyses and work
with instructors in small groups.

Who can attend
The boot camp is open to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
Approximately 15 students will be accepted for the boot camp.

The registration fee of $500 includes attendance at all presentations,
tutorials, lodging during the school and meals or per diem. In addition
to this subsidized registration fee, students with financial need will
have the opportunity to apply for travel grants up to $500.

Application process
Prospective students are required to submit application materials
including an application form, a short statement of interest (500 words
max), and a letter of recommendation. Click on the “Apply” link on our
website to complete your application. Please send the letter of
recommendation via email at with the subject
line “ACE Bootcamp Letter of Recommendation.” Applications will be
evaluated by the Scientific Organizing Committee and students will be
informed of acceptance by October 31, 2019. Students who will be
accepted for the boot camp, will then formally register and pay the
registration fees.

Application deadline: October 15, 2019.

More information:


from: Jandira Ferreira de Oliveira <>
date: Sep 17, 2019, 12:15 PM
subject: School: Mathematical Biology, Jan 12-18, São Paulo, Brazil

IX ICTP-SAIFR Southern-Summer School on Mathematical Biology

Start time: January 12, 2020
Ends on: January 18, 2020
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

This school is aimed at graduate students in Physics, Mathematics,
Ecology and Epidemiology, having at least a basic knowledge of calculus
and differential equations. Lectures cover the basics of population
dynamics and are supplemented with modelling exercises addressing mainly
problems in ecology, epidemiology and evolution. Undergraduate students
with exceptional records are also encouraged to apply. Limited funds are
available for travel and local expenses.

This activity will be followed by the ‘School on Community Ecology: from
patterns to principles‘. Candidates may apply either for one or both
schools, and preference will be given to graduate students in South
America. Advanced undergraduate students are also welcome to apply.

There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel
and local expenses.

Please note that acceptance cannot be taken for granted, as we expect a
much higher number of applications than the maximum number of
participants. We advise the candidates to carefully complete the
application form, providing enough information for the selection
committee to take a decision.

The School will have short lectures and intensive group work on
mathematical modelling.

Roberto Kraenkel (IFT-UNESP, Brazil): Introduction to Population Biology
1) single species dynamics
2) interacting species I: competition
3) interacting species II: predator-prey dynamics
4) models in epidemiology
5) spatial population dynamics

Registration deadline: November 10, 2019



from: Jandira Ferreira de Oliveira <>
date: Sep 17, 2019, 12:15 PM
subject: School: Community Ecology…, Jan 20-25, São Paulo, Brazil

ICTP-SAIFR School on Community Ecology: from patterns to principles

Start time: January 20, 2020
Ends on: January 25, 2020
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

From the bacteria in our guts, to the plants in the Amazon rainforest,
ecological communities are made of many individuals and populations that
coexist and interact in the same environment. Despite the complexity of
the interactions between species and with the environment, often these
communities display regularities in key macroscopic properties, such as
their patterns of abundance, composition and the interaction network.

A quantitative understanding of the processes and mechanisms that shape
the composition and diversity of such communities requires advanced
tools and methods borrowed from statistical physics and applied
mathematics. The school will consist in advanced courses on topics in
the dynamics and structure of ecological communities, which aims both at
introducing students to up-to-date question of the field as well as
introduce useful mathematical tools. A particular focus will be given to
the emergence of macroecological patterns (“laws”) and to their
connection to  fundamental mechanisms.

This activity will be preceded by the ‘IX Southern-Summer School on
Mathematical Biology‘. Candidates may apply either for one or both
schools, and preference will be given to graduate students in South
America. Advanced undergraduate students are also welcome to apply.
There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel
and local expenses.

-Stefano Allesina (U. Chicago, USA)
-Priyanga Amarasekare (UCLA, USA)
-Otto Cordero (MIT, USA)
-William Bialek (Princeton U., USA)

Registration deadline: November 10, 2019



from: Andrea Pugliese <>
date: Aug 29, 2019, 4:35 AM
subject: Workshop: Dynamical Systems Applied to…, Feb 4-7, U Trento

11th Workshop on Dynamical Systems Applied to Biology and Natural
Sciences (DSABNS2020).

The 11th Workshop Dynamical Systems Applied to Biology and Natural
Sciences (DSABNS2020) will be held at the Dipartimento di Economia e
Management of University of Trento, in Italy, from February 4-7, 2020.

The conference has both theoretical methods and practical applications
and the abstracts included in the program will cover research topics in
population dynamics, eco-epidemiology, epidemiology of infectious
diseases, molecular and antigenic evolution and methodological topics in
the natural sciences and mathematics.

THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE. However registration is required. Deadline
for abstract submission is available at

Participants are kindly requested to REGISTER HERE.

Note that our website is under development and updates will be available
soon. In case of any need, please contact by sending an email to


from: reznike <>
date: Sep 17, 2019, 2:32 PM
subject: Post-doc: Computational Analysis of Tumor Data, New York

We are seeking candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Reznik
lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to study tumor
metabolism through computational analysis of metabolomic and genetic
data. An energetic and creative scientist with a background in
computational models of metabolism, genomics, or machine learning is
sought to lead new studies of metabolic interactions in the tumor
microenvironment, tumor evolution, and therapeutic resistance. The
fellow will join a diverse group of quantitative geneticists,
genomicists, and machine learners embedded in the Computational
Oncology Service, a new initiative dedicated to translational,
data-driven cancer science and tightly integrated with the work of MSK’s
clinicians.  Applicants must possess a PhD in a quantitative discipline,
including but not limited to computational biology, computer science,
machine learning, or applied mathematics. A background in metabolomics
or cancer genomics is an asset but not required.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and
contact information for 3 references to Ed Reznik (
Learn more about the group at


from: Canavier, Carmen C. <>
date: Sep 18, 2019, 12:25 PM
subject: Post-doc: Hippocampal Modeling, LSUHSC, New Orleans

A Postdoctoral Researcher position is available in the computational
neuroscience lab of Carmen Canavier in the School of Medicine,
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSU Health Sciences Center in
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

The position is to study cholinergic contributions to hippocampal
information processing in close collaboration with electrophysiologist
Sonia Gasparini. The successful candidate will construct a
morphologically and biophysically realistic model of a hippocampal CA1
pyramidal neuron to explain the observed frequency selectivity of
different dendritic regions for slow versus fast gamma band inputs. Some
network modeling will also be required for the project. If interested,
please apply at

The primary duties will involve linear and non-linear analyses, writing
code, calibrating single neuron models, and generating predictions that
lead to additional experiments. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in
Neuroscience, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or a
related field of study. The ideal candidate would have experience with
the simulation package NEURON and some knowledge of the hippocampus.
Familiarity with nonlinear dynamics, signal processing, and coding in C
and or python in a Linux environment is also desirable.

If you have questions, please email Dr. Canavier at

LSUHSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer for females, minorities,
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.


from: Cristina Lanzas <>
date: Sep 21, 2019, 7:44 PM
subject: Post-doc: Anti-microbial Resistance Model., North Carolina St U

A postdoctoral research scholar position on mathematical modeling of
evolutionary and epidemiological models of antimicrobial resistance is
available in the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology at
North Carolina State University. The successful applicant will be
working with an interdisciplinary team primarily led by Dr. Cristina
Lanzas’ Computational Biology group in collaboration with Dr. Derek
Foster (Antimicrobial Resistance and Ruminant Medicine) and Dr. Ronald
Baynes (Pharmacokinetics). Applicants with a background in mathematical
modeling of infectious diseases, population biology and/or evolutionary
biology are highly encouraged to apply.

The research focus will be the dynamics of antimicrobial resistance in
enteric bacteria and the use of mathematical modeling to study
antimicrobial resistance at multiple scales, including the effect of
intestinal microbial disruption by treatments such as antibiotics and
their withdrawal on emergence of resistance, host susceptibility and
pathogen transmission. Models will be tested against in vivo data on
bacterial populations and drug concentrations.

The postdoctoral associates shall have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant
quantitative discipline (ecology, epidemiology, engineering, applied
mathematics, statistics and related fields) and have a deep interest in
interdisciplinary collaboration, strong quantitative and programming
skills, and good oral and writing skills are expected.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal for two or
more years subject to satisfactory progress and mutual agreement. The
salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of
the individuals. Review of applications will begin immediately and will
continue until suitable candidates are identified.

To apply for the position please send a cover letter, CV and contact
information for three references to


from: Lisette de Pillis <>
date: Sep 17, 2019, 6:39 PM
subject: Tenure-Track Position: Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College, US

Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College invites applications for a tenure-track position in
mathematics, beginning Fall 2020, at the assistant professor level. All
areas in the mathematical sciences will be considered, with priority for
candidates who can significantly contribute to our course offerings and
departmental vision for data science and statistics at a liberal arts
college of science and engineering.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment,
demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching undergraduates,
and a strong independent research program that can contribute to our
many undergraduate research activities, which include summer research,
senior thesis, and math-in-industry senior capstone projects. Harvey
Mudd College is committed to broadening participation in STEM fields.
Therefore, experience with or demonstrated ability to teach, mentor, and
support students from historically underrepresented groups in STEM is
among the criteria for appointment.

Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective liberal arts college of
science, engineering and mathematics. It is located in Claremont, CA,
which is approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles, at the foot of the
San Gabriel Mountains.  All students enter having already taken calculus
or beyond, and about two-thirds scored between 780 and 800 on their
SAT 2 in Math. The college enrolls about 900 students, almost all of
whom live on campus, and is a member of the Claremont Colleges, which
comprises five undergraduate colleges, the Claremont Graduate
University, and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.
Harvey Mudd College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to
the recruitment of candidates historically underrepresented on college

The Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College has been recognized
as a leader in teaching, research, undergraduate research mentoring, and
educational outreach. Each year there are about 60 graduates in the
mathematical sciences. The teaching load is five courses per year, which
includes research supervision and courses in the college’s core
curriculum. Further information about the college and the department can
be found at and

Applications must be submitted through the website. Review
of applications will begin October 9th, 2019, and continue until the
position is filled. Priority will be given to applications completed by
November 20, 2019. Applicants should submit:
-A cover letter. To further assist the search committee in its screening
process, all cover letters should address your interest in the liberal
arts and Harvey Mudd College in particular, and how you envision your
research and teaching interests can contribute to the department and
-A current curriculum vitae
-A statement about your research program, including potential research
projects for undergraduates (typically 2-3 pages).
-A statement about your teaching philosophy: describe principles,
practices, or experiences that inform the way you teach (typically 1-2
-A statement about diversity and inclusion: describe your interests,
experiences, and future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion in
the mathematical sciences (typically 1-2 pages).
-At least three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should
specifically address teaching.

For further information or questions about the position contact:
Prof. Francis Su (
Chair, Tenure-Track Search Committee,
Department of Mathematics,
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA 91711

MathJobs link:
Harvey Mudd College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Qualified applicants will be given consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic origin,
ancestry, citizenship, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related
medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender (including gender
identity and expression), marital status, age, physical or mental
disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, veteran status,
or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


from: John Tyson <>
date: Sep 18, 2019, 9:07 AM
subject: Tenure-Track Position: Systems Biology, Virginia Tech, US

Faculty Position in Systems Biology at Virginia Tech

The Department of Biological Sciences and the Division of Systems
Biology at Virginia Tech are seeking to hire a tenure track faculty
member with expertise in the mathematical modeling of cellular
processes. We are interested in candidates with either an entirely
mathematical modeling research program or a combined modeling/
experimental program in the areas of cell, developmental, molecular, or
synthetic biology. Applicants must be dedicated to interdisciplinary
education at the undergraduate and graduate level, and should be
sensitive to issues of diversity in the university community.
Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, although
more senior applicants may also be considered.

The Department of Biological Sciences will serve as the tenure home for
this position. The Division of Systems Biology, a part of the College of
Science’s Academy of Integrated Science, offers an undergraduate degree
in systems biology, and its faculty participate in departmental graduate
programs as well as the university’s Ph.D. programs in Genetics,
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology and Molecular and Cellular

The responsibilities of a successful applicant will be to maintain a
research program that is well-funded and visible, to teach undergraduate
systems biology courses and graduate level biological sciences courses,
to mentor graduate and undergraduate research projects in systems
biology, and to participate in department, academy, college, and
university governance, as well as professional service.

Job requirements: Applicants must have demonstrable research experience
in the mathematical modeling of molecular or cellular processes,
including a Ph.D. (required at the time of appointment) in a relevant
field of science (such as biology, biophysics, biochemistry,
bioengineering, applied mathematics), as well as postdoctoral
experience. Experience in teaching across disciplinary boundaries will
also be of particular interest.

Further important information about this job opening can be found online
at (#511050). Applications must be submitted
online and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of
research experience and future plans (max. three pages), statement of
teaching experience and philosophy (max. two pages), and a description
(one page) of any previous activities aimed at expanding the diversity
of the scientific community and of the applicant’s plans to build an
inclusive and culturally diverse educational environment at Virginia
Tech. Applicants should also provide contact information for three
references. Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2019 and
continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans
are strongly encouraged to apply. Requests for further information
should be directed to Professor John Tyson ( or
Professor Daniela Cimini (


from: Richard Bertram <>
date: Sep 21, 2019, 11:21 AM
subject: Tenure-Track Position: Biomathematics, Florida St U

Applications are invited for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position
in biomathematics at Florida State University, beginning August, 2020.
Candidates should have a Ph.D. in mathematics or a related discipline
and postdoctoral experience in some area of biomathematics. The ideal
candidate will have experience working with experimental data, and will
pursue collaborations with experimental scientists. The position is
joint with the Institute of Molecular Biophysics (IMB), whose core
mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary research related to the
biological sciences on campus. The IMB hosts an interdisciplinary
graduate program in Molecular Biophysics, and there is a separate
interdisciplinary graduate program in Neuroscience on campus. The new
hire could participate in either or both programs, in addition to the
graduate program in biomathematics. The Mathematics Department is also
an active participant in a new initiative on Data Science at the
university, and with this hire seeks to strengthen the ties between
mathematical data science and biomathematics.

Florida State University is one of two flagship research universities in
the State University System of Florida, and is ranked number 18 among
all public universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
The university enrolls over 40,000 students in the main campus of
Tallahassee. Tallahassee is located in north Florida and has a
population of roughly 190,000. It is adjacent to the Appalachicola
National Forest and about twenty-five miles from the Gulf of Mexico,
with easy access to pristine beaches and other natural habitats.
Tallahassee has a warm climate, with an annual average high temperature
of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and an annual average low temperature of 56
degrees Fahrenheit.

The Mathematics Department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in
biomathematics, as well as degrees in several other areas of
mathematics. The biomathematics curriculum includes courses within
mathematics as well as courses offered in other departments. There are
currently 19 undergraduate majors and 19 MS or PhD students enrolled in
the biomathematics program. See and for more information.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research
and teaching statements, and four letters of recommendation (at least
one of the letters should address the candidate’s teaching capability).
They should be submitted electronically through and, in
addition, through the FSU Employment and Recruiting Services website (Job opening ID 46351).

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2019. Screening of
applications will begin on December 2, 2019. The Department anticipates
filling this position by August 1, 2020.

Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative
Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. Candidates from underrepresented
groups are encouraged to apply. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be
viewed at:


from: Bindi Brook <>
date: Sep 17, 2019, 10:14 AM
subject: Assistant/Associate Professor: Math Biol/Neurosci, U Nottingham

Assistant/Associate Professor in Mathematical Biology/Mathematical
School of Mathematical Sciences
University of Nottingham

We are looking for an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in
Mathematical Biology to deliver high quality teaching and undertake
original research of international excellence in Mathematical Biology,
complementing and enhancing the current activity of the world-leading
Mathematical Medicine and Biology group and ideally linking with the
University Beacons of Excellence in Precision Imaging or Future Food.
Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to,
Mathematical Neuroscience; Data Assimilation, Inference and Data
integration in the Life Sciences; and Modelling Food/Agricultural
More details available here:


from: Henry Warchall <>
date: Sep 18, 2019, 2:00 PM
reply to: dmsnews <>
subject: NSF: Security & Trustworthy Cyberspace, Updated

An updated NSF program solicitation (NSF 19-603) is now available:
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

Please see
for details.

Proposal Due Dates: Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

From the program synopsis:
The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and
privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing,
communication and information sciences; engineering; education;
mathematics; statistics; and social, behavioral, and economic sciences.
Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a
single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple
disciplines are each welcome.

Proposals must be submitted pursuant to one of the following
designations, each of which may have additional restrictions and
administrative obligations as specified in this program solicitation.

-CORE: This designation is the main focus of the SaTC research program,
spanning the interests of NSF’s Directorates for Computer and
Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG),
Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Social, Behavioral and
Economic Sciences (SBE).
-EDU: The Education (EDU) designation will be used to label proposals
focusing entirely on cybersecurity education.
-TTP: The Transition to Practice (TTP) designation will be used to label
proposals that are focused exclusively on transitioning existing
research results to practice.


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