SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 44

October 24, 2018
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date: Oct 18, 2018, 7:20 PM
subject: Virtual Access for Spring 2018 Mitochondria, Autophagy & Neuro Conf
Virtual Access Now Available for Keystone Symposia Spring 2018 Mitochondria,
Autophagy and Neuro Conferences; see


from: American Institute of Biological Sciences <>
date: Oct 23, 2018, 11:17 AM
subject: AIBS October 2018 Newsletter


from: Amy Hurford <>
date: Oct 18, 2018, 7:06 PM
subject: M.Sc. & Ph.D Studentships, Theoretical Ecology/Epidemiology, Memorial U
Graduate studies in Theoretical Ecology or Epidemiology – Memorial University
The Hurford Lab ( at Memorial University is
recruiting graduate students at both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Our research
group studies population dynamics incorporating temperature effects, animal
movement, disease, and evolution. We formulate and test specific hypothesis
using mathematical models and parameterize and evaluate our models using data.
We analyze mathematical models that are systems of ordinary differential
equations, delay differential equations, partial differential equations,
integrodifference equations, or optimization problems and these models are
applied to a wide variety of systems including green crab, rabies, and salmon
lice. Specific research projects may include optimal pest treatment strategies
in seasonal environments, temperature effects on population dynamics and
movement, explicit models of animal movement and contact rates, or
collaborative work deriving models related to laboratory research on antibiotic
resistance in Klebsiella. Our research usually involves computer coding and
numerical methods and many scripts pertaining to lab research are available
A competitive salary will be offered with additional funding available for
conference travel. The ideal candidate will have experience deriving and
analyzing mathematical models, formulating scientific questions, computer
programming, mathematical analysis, and scientific writing, however, all
interested candidates are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should email Dr. Amy Hurford ( This email should
include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing your research interests and any relevant
past experience, (ii) your CV, and (iii) unofficial transcripts pertaining to
your previous or ongoing studies (if possible). I will consider applications as
they are received. For full consideration applicants should indicate their
interest before November 15, 2018, but applications received after this date
may be considered.
Memorial University is located in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The city
offers many unique experiences with a vibrant arts community, stunning
coastline, and proximity to a variety of outdoor activities (hiking, fishing,
cross-country skiing, etc:


from: Sara Jabbari <>
date: Oct 19, 2018, 8:56 AM
subject: PhD studentship:  large-scale cancer epidemiology, Birmingham, UK
PhD Title: Investigation of conditions managed in primary care among survivors
of childhood, teenage and young adult cancer
Applications are invited for a 3-year fully funded PhD studentship in Cancer
Survivorship. Start date flexible. Closing date 30th November 2018.
For further details relating to PhD – see
Professor Mike Hawkins and Dr Raoul Reulen will be the University of Birmingham
supervisors and Dr Katherine Henson will be the National Cancer Registration
and Analysis Service supervisor.


from: Tsaneva-Atanasova, Krasimira <>
date: Oct 22, 2018, 6:15 AM
subject: PhD Studentship: Building a model of the HPG axis, U Exeter
Building a model of the HypothalamicPituitary-Gonadal (HPG) axis, BBSRC SWBio,
PhD in Mathematics studentship (Funded) Ref: 3285


from: Tsaneva-Atanasova, Krasimira <>
date: Oct 22, 2018, 6:18 AM
subject: PhD Studentship: Debugging Lung Disease: Applying math … Microbiome
Debugging Lung Disease: Applying mathematical modelling for a precision
medicine approach to the Pulmonary Microbiome Ref: 3053


from: Elisenda Feliu <>
date: Oct 20, 2018, 4:30 PM
subject: PhD and Postdoc Positions, Mathematical Sciences, U Copenhagen
A number of attractive postdoc positions and PhD stipends in mathematics are
available at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of
Mathematical biology is a strong active area of research in the department,
covering neuroscience, population genetics, ecology and the mathematics of
reaction networks. In particular, the following topics and contact people are
of relevance to this society:
– Statistical inference in neuronal networks (Susanne Ditlevsen,
– Modeling of behavior of marine mammals (Susanne Ditlevsen,
– Analysis of mathematical models in microbial signaling (pseudomonas
aeruginosa) (Elisenda Feliu,
– Real algebraic geometry for reaction networks (Elisenda Feliu,
– Mathematical reduction of Chemical Reaction Networks (Carsten Wiuf,
– Modelling of past human histories and analysis of ancient DNA data (Carsten
Postdoc call:
The deadline for application is: November 15, 2018.
PhD call:
The deadline for application is November 22, 2018.


from: Aleksandar Donev <>
date: Oct 18, 2018, 3:37 PM
subject: Instructorship openings in modeling and simulation, Courant, NYU
Dear Colleagues,
We want to let you know about two openings for 3-year Courant Instructor
positions specifically in the area of modeling and simulation. We hope you can
share this with potential candidates in your departments. Thanks!


from: Jessica Godoy <>
date: Oct 23, 2018, 1:51 PM
subject: Assistant Professor: Applied Math, University of California, Riverside
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics


from: John Tyson <>
date: Oct 19, 2018, 10:12 AM
subject: Assistant/Associate Professor: Math Modelling Molecular …, VT
Virginia Tech Division of Systems Biology
Assistant or Associate Professor  
The Division of Systems Biology at Virginia Tech
( is seeking to hire an assistant
or associate professor with expertise in mathematical modeling of molecular
regulatory networks underlying the physiology of cells and tissues. The faculty
appointment will be in the Department of Biological Sciences at our Blacksburg,
VA campus, with a start date in August 2019 or shortly thereafter. The Division
of Systems Biology resides in the College of Science’s Academy of Integrated
Science, which works with academic departments campus-wide to develop and
support new directions in scientific research and education. The Division
offers a unique undergraduate degree in systems biology, and its faculty
participate in departmental graduate programs as well as the university’s
interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Genetics, Bioinformatics & Computational
Biology (GBCB). Scientists whose work and goals straddle traditional academic
boundaries are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will
have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum,
and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in Virginia
Tech’s Destination Areas. The responsibilities of a successful applicant will
be to maintain a visible and vigorous funded research program; to teach
undergraduate systems biology courses and graduate level biological sciences
courses; to mentor undergraduate research projects in systems biology and
graduate research students in biological sciences and GBCB; to continue
developing his or her professional capabilities and scholarly activities,
including participation in professional societies and meetings, curriculum
development, participation in department, academy, college, and university
governance, and professional service.
Job requirements: Applicants must have demonstrable research experience in
molecular systems biology or computational cell biology, including a Ph.D. in a
relevant field of science (such as biology, biophysics, biochemistry, applied
mathematics, bioengineering, etc.) and postdoctoral experience. We are looking
for applicants who are knowledgeable in the use of deterministic, stochastic
and hybrid models to study the spatiotemporal dynamics of cellular control
systems by analytical and numerical methods, with a strong commitment to
biological realism and experimental facts. Additionally, applicants must be
dedicated to interdisciplinary education at the undergraduate and graduate
level, committed to teaching a student body that is diverse with respect to
socio-economic status, interests and abilities, and sensitive to issues of
diversity in the university community.
Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests and experience
complement the program’s excellence in cell cycle dynamics, circadian rhythms,
systems immunology, microbial physiology, and infectious disease. Demonstrated
experience with interdisciplinary teaching and/or research in areas that align
with Virginia Tech’s university-wide, multi-disciplinary focus, as exemplified
by the Destination Areas, will also be of particular interest.
Applications must be submitted online at
(#TR0180141) and should include (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3)
statement of teaching experience and philosophy, (4) summary of research
experience and future plans, (5) a description of any previous activities in
expanding the diversity of the scientific community (such as mentoring members
of under-represented groups), and of the applicant’s plans to build a
culturally diverse educational environment at Virginia Tech
( Applicants should also provide contact
information for three references. The review of applications will begin on
November 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. As part of the
hiring process, the successful applicant must provide an official Ph.D.
transcript and pass a criminal background check.
Virginia Tech is an EO/AA university. Individuals with disabilities desiring
accommodation in the application process should notify Ms. Dreama Price,
Department of Biological Sciences, (540) 231-5712, or call TTY 1-800-828-1120.
Requests for further information about the systems biology program should be
directed to Professor John Tyson (


date: Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 8:33 AM
subject: Principal Scientist/Associate Principal Scientist, Merck
Principal Scientist/Associate Principal Scientist
Upper Gwynedd, PA, US


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