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  • PhD Position: Modelling Gait in People with Parkinson's Disease, Exeter
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 05 - February 3, 2016

      Based within the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare, a £2M initiative bringing together mathematicians, statisticians and clinicians, you will work on a project aiming to develop a data-driven mathematical modeling framework in order to study gait impairments in patients with Parkinson's under the supervision of Prof Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova.

      To Apply: Candidates with strong quantitative training (e.g. a BSc or MSc in Physics, Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience, Computer Science, or Engineering) and evidence of scientific achievement are invited to apply. Knowledge of biomechanics and/or neuroscience is a plus. Please apply using the following link:

      http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=2057

  • PhD Scholarship: Developing stochastic math..., Univ of Bath
    • SMB Digest Vol 17, Issue 04 - January 27, 2016

      Fully funded 3.5 year PhD Scholarship: Developing stochastic mathematical frameworks for modelling cell migration. With Christian Yates - University of Bath (UK)

      Randomness at the cellular level can lead to interesting and counter-intuitive phenomena. However, it is only recently that the simulation of reaction-diffusion models incorporating randomness has become a popular way to investigate biological processes at the cell scale. Such models provide realism at the cost of significant computational resources. Modelling at the cell scale requires modelling frameworks to run as efficiently as possible which necessitates the development of new mathematical techniques. For example, hybrid (mixed) representations which combine the best features of existing schemes or efficient simulation algorithms which ensure feasible simulation times for complex biological models.

      Throughout the project the candidate will attempt to answer questions in Developmental Biology by creating novel mathematical modelling methodologies which allow for both detailed realistic representation and efficient simulation. In each case my experimental collaborators will provide the data required to parameterise and validate the models or perform experiments to investigate model-generated predictions. The methodologies will be developed in sufficient generality that they can be applied to a wide range of reaction-diffusion systems across the sciences.

      This project will focus on the development of efficient spatially extended modelling frameworks for the representation of cell migration and more general reaction-diffusion processes. The models themselves will incorporate some or all of the flowing experimentally-motivated facets: domain growth, volume exclusion, diffusion, proliferation, chemotaxis, cell-cell signalling. These sophisticated models will be efficient enough to incorporate detailed biological information, provided through a long-standing experimental collaboration, on a range of biological mechanisms which contribute to the overall migration. This will allow investigate a wider range of complex biological of scenarios.

      The mathematical tools that will be used will be diverse and range from on/off lattice individual-based models to partial differential equations and probability theory. An idea candidate will have a strong background in applied mathematics with some experience of probability and an interest in biological problems.

      This research will provide significant insight into the behaviour of neural crest cells and the diseases associated with migration failure. A better understanding of the developmental origins of neural crest cell disorders will benefit both our clinical understanding of the diseases and the advancement of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

      For more information and how to apply see:
      http://master.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=69479

      For enquiries please email post graduate admissions: pg-maths@maths.bath.ac.uk

  • PhD Positions: biomedical/healthcare, Univ of Exeter
    • SMB Digest Vol 17, Issue 04 - January 27, 2016

      I have two open PhD Positions in my group at the University of Exeter. I am looking for PhD students with quantitative background (mathematics, physics, computer science or engineering) who are interested in applying their skills in solving biomedical and/or healthcare problems.

      Carlota Palmer Studentships:

      1. Spatio-temporal dynamics of insulitis in human type 1 diabetes

      For further details and how to apply see:
      http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/index.php?id=2115

      2. Modelling visuomotor coordination in People with Parkinson's Disease

      For further details and how to apply see:
      http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=2122

      Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding these positions.

      Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova
      Professor of Mathematics for Healthcare
      College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
      University of Exeter
      Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QF, UK
      tel: +44 (0) 1392 723615
      email: k.tsaneva-atanasova@exeter.ac.uk
      web: http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/mathematics/staff/kt298

  • PhD Studentship: Mathematical Ecology, Univ of Dundee, UK
    • SMB Digest Vol 17, Issue 03 - January 20, 2016

      PhD Studentship in Mathematical Ecology at the University of Dundee, UK

      Deadline for application: 31 January 2016
      Studentship expected start date: 1 October 2016
      Studentship duration: 4 years

      Project title:
      Investigating the effect of noise from Oil & Gas activities on the collective behaviour of fish and marine mammals

      Overview: There is increasing evidence that the wellbeing of marine animals is affected by the exposure to underwater sound (noise) that arises from activities related to the Oil & Gas (O&G) industry during the exploration, development, production and decommissioning phases of the O&G activities. In particular, the past 10 years have seen an increase in various experimental approaches to test the effects of noise on the wellbeing of individual marine animals. On the other hand, various approaches have been developed to measure external noise levels associated with O&G activities, and actions have been suggested on how to reduce the impact on marine life. One of the open questions in the field of behavioural marine ecology (difficult to be addressed experimentally) is assessing the specific impacts of noise associated with O&G industry on the behavioural changes at the group level (e.g., persistence or splitting of schools of fish, pods of whales, etc.). This is an important aspect to be addressed since the survival of some species depends on being in large groups (which help individuals against predators, finding food, etc.). The goal of this research is to use mathematical modelling (combined with available experimental data) to propose hypotheses regarding the effect of O&G noise on the inter-individual communication between the members of large marine animal aggregations. The research will help increase our understanding of the role of man-made noise on the biological mechanisms that disrupt marine animal movements and behaviour, and eventually lead to better mitigation methods to increase population survival.

      Supervisors: Dr. Raluca Eftimie (Mathematics), Prof. Terry Dawson (Environmental Sciences)

      How to apply:
      Please submit a CV and Cover Letter to Dr. Raluca Eftimie (r.a.eftimie@dundee.ac.uk) Informal enquiries can also be directed to Dr. Raluca Eftimie.

      Eligibility & Criteria Guidance:
      The successful candidate will have a background in Mathematics or other related disciplines (Physics, Engineering, etc.). Computer programming skills (in Matlab, C, etc.) are required. Interest in marine ecology is desirable. Candidates must have a minimum 2.1 degree or higher, and hold UK citizenship. If you have a 2.2 degree, but have also obtained a masters qualification or have equivalent evidence of prior professional practice or learning, you are also eligible. Because of NERC (UK) restrictions, the full studentships will be available only to UK residents. For complete information on students eligibility, please consult the following websites: http://www.nerc-cdt-oil-and-gas.ac.uk/scholarships.html

  • PhD studentship, Dynamical Systems..., Univ of Auckland
    • SMB Digest Vol 17, Issue 03 - January 20, 2016

      A PhD studentship is available in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland, for work on a project in dynamical systems and mathematical physiology. The project aims to identify the physiological mechanisms that underlie the long-period calcium oscillations and waves seen in experiments on pancreatic and parotid acinar cells, and involves the researchers James Sneyd, Hinke Osinga, and Vivien Kirk at the University of Auckland, and Martin Wechselberger at the University of Sydney. A good background in dynamical systems and scientific programming is desirable, as is an interest in mathematical physiology. Stipend is NZ$27,500 pa (tax free) for three years plus tuition fees. Interested candidates should send an email expressing their interest, along with a CV and academic record, to Vivien Kirk at v.kirk@auckland.ac.nz Closing date: 22nd February, 2016

  • PhD opportunities at the University of Exeter
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 02 - January 13, 2016

      The following PhD positions available in Professor Tsaneva-Atanasova' group at the University of Exeter:

      1. EPSRC DTG funded: Modelling Gait in People with Parkinsons Disease

      For further details and how to apply see:

      http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AMP047/epsrc-funded-phd-in-mathematics-modelling-gait-in-people-with-parkinsons-disease/

      2. Carlota Palmer Studentship: Spatio-temporal dynamics of insulitis in human type 1 diabetes

      For further details and how to apply see:

      http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/index.php?id=2115

  • MS/PhD Position: Bioinformatics & Computational Systems Biology, Memphis
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 01 - January 8, 2016

      Supervisor: Dr. Bernie Daigle, Jr., Assistant Professor, Departments of Biological Sciences and Computer Science, The University of Memphis

      Experimental biologists are generating data at an unprecedented rate. Unfortunately, biological insight has not kept pace with this deluge of data. The goal of my lab is to improve the inference of biological meaning from the wealth of experimental data collected from single cells to whole organisms. To do so, we develop sophisticated statistical and computational tools that enable integrated analyses of noisy, heterogeneous datasets.

      We have active projects in both bioinformatics and computational systems biology. In the first area, our research includes mining publicly available biological datasets to facilitate the characterization and classification of human disease. Specifically, we are interested in developing more effective supervised and unsupervised machine learning approaches for high-throughput data, using models such as Bayesian networks and artificial neural networks. In the second area, our research involves developing computational methods for inferring the underlying structure and behavior of biological systems. Recent work by our lab in this area includes combining stochastic simulation and optimization techniques to characterize promoter architecture from single-cell gene expression data. More information can be found at http://daiglelab.org.

      The successful candidate should be highly motivated and have some computer programming experience (R, MATLAB, Perl, Python, C, or C++). Prior research experience in bioinformatics and/or computational biology is desirable. Details about admission and degree requirements can be found at http://www.memphis.edu/bioinformatics/requirements (MS, Bioinformatics) and http://www.memphis.edu/biology/graduate (MS/PhD, Biological Sciences). Applicants must apply to both The University of Memphis Graduate School and the corresponding graduate program. To ensure full consideration, applications should be completed by February 1. Accepted students will be supported through a graduate or research assistantship.

      If interested, please contact Dr. Daigle (bjdaigle@memphis.edu) for further information.

  • PhD Position: Modelling seed drying, Royal Holloway, U London
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 52 - December 30, 2015

      How to dry seeds: developing a mathematical model for the seed drying process and predicting the quality of dried seeds

      A fully funded PhD studentship on the interface of mathematical modelling and seed processing

      Supervisory team: Prof. Vincent Jansen (RHUL), Prof. Michael Stumpf (Imperial College), Dr Christophe Grosjean (Syngenta), Dr Tina Steinbrecher (RHUL), Prof. Gerhard Leubner (RHUL)

      The production of seeds is an important part of the growing crops. After seeds are harvested, they are cleaned, dried, treated and stored, resulting in a product that can then be passed on to growers. During the processing, seeds can be damaged. The drying process, for instance, can cause significant damage to seeds, resulting in reduced germination or vigour of the seeds. The aim of this project is to provide a quantitative understanding of the damage that occurs during seed processing through the formulation and analysis of a mathematical model for the seed drying process, and to use this model as a tool to predict damage during the drying process.

      During the seed drying process water is removed. How long to dry for depends on temperature and relative humidity. The longer the drying time to more likely that the seed is damaged, either through microbiological infection, or mechanical damage. Elevated temperature can have negative effects of seed quality, and can lead to loss of vigour and reduced seed germination. The combination of these factors means that there are optimal. How precisely these factors interact is not known.

      In this project we will conceptualize the seed drying process to develop a mathematical model for the seed drying process, and formulate a quantitative description of the rate of damage versus time and temperature, relative humidity and drying rate. Currently very few models exist to describe this, here we aim to develop approaches and provide a mechanistically underpinned models for the seed drying process that will allow us to generate a statistical description of the amount of damaged that occurs. With this we aim to predict the quality of seeds at the end of the drying process. The quantity we aim to predict is the probability that a seed will germinate, and have sufficiently vigour at the end of the drying process. Once these models are formulated we will confront them with data from the seed drying process in order to develop it into a modelling tool that will allow us to predict the seed quality as a function of the operating parameters during the drying process. A particular challenge in estimating parameters is that certain, so called sloppy, parameters, can be difficult to estimate. In this project we will use build on recent insights in model selection and on the identifiability of parameters to overcome the challenges to generate predictions with parameters with limited identifiability.

      In this project we will combine mathematical modelling (Jansen, RHUL), Bayesian statistics (Stumpf, Imperial College) with process studies (Grosjean, Syngenta) and seed biology (Leubner, Steinbrecher, RHUL) to further our understanding of the seed drying process and to try to develop a statistical rigorous predictive methodology for the damage occurred in seed drying and for the optimisation of the drying process. This research will have potential impact on the commercial production of seed for crops and vegetables.

      This project is suitable for candidates with some background or experience in mathematical modelling, or simulation at undergraduate level. We are looking for candidates, either with a background in the life sciences, and experience in mathematical or simulation modelling or Bayesian statistics, or for candidates with a background in a quantitative subject (e.g. mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics) and an affinity for research in biology.

      Funding Notes

      This PhD studentship is funded for 3 years. Applicants are expected to hold, or to be awarded a first class or a good upper second class BSc Degree, Masters or an equivalent qualification in a relevant field by October 2016. An additional year of fully funded Masters level training may be offered to eligible BSc applicants. The course will commence in October 2016. Funding includes an annual tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£16,057 for 2015-2016, to be confirmed for 2016-2017 but typically increases annually in line with inflation) and covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. To be eligible for this studentship, applicant must either be a UK citizen or a European Union national who has been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to starting the degree. Please refer to BBSRC guide to studentship eligibility for detailed description of residence and qualifications criteria: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/studentship-eligibility-pdf

      For further information email: vincent.jansen@rhul.ac.uk

      To apply, see details on
      https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/biologicalsciences/prospectivestudents/studentships/home.aspx

      Application deadline: 31 January 2016

  • PhD Scholarship: Mathematical Phylogenetics, University of Auckland
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 50 - December 16, 2015

      Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD Scholarship in Mathematical Phylogenetic at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

      Background. Inferring the evolutionary history of all life on Earth has long been a fascinating problem in biology. Traditionally, evolutionary (phylogenetic) trees are used to represent ancestral relationships between organisms. However, recent investigations into horizontal gene transfer and hybridization, which are processes that result in mosaic patterns of relationships, challenge the model of a phylogenetic tree. Indeed, it is now widely acknowledged that graphs with cycles, called phylogenetic networks, are better suited to represent evolutionary histories. Phylogenetic networks pose many interesting mathematical challenges and have become a vivid area of research since the beginning of the 21st century.

      Project. This PhD project is an exciting opportunity to develop combinatorial and algorithmic approaches to analyze and reconstruct phylogenetic networks. For example, a better understanding of the mathematics that underlies the space of all phylogenetic networks is fundamental to the reconstruction of phylogenetic networks from biological data. In short, the PhD project aims at the development of new mathematical tools and algorithms to analyze and search spaces of phylogenetic networks.

      Requirements. The successful applicant has a Masters or Honours degree in mathematics or computer science and, preferably, a strong background in graph theory and/or theoretical computer science. An interest in biological questions is desirable, but not a requirement. Candidates must also be eligible for admission to the PhD program at the University of Auckland. For more information on postgraduate studies at the University of Auckland, see the following link: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/for/future-postgraduates.html.

      Scholarship. The PhD scholarship is funded by the New Zealand Marsden Fund and available from March 2016. A later starting date is negotiable. The scholarship is for three years. It covers tuition fees and provides an annual tax free allowance of NZ$27,500. The successful candidate will be based within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and supervised by Dr Simone Linz.

      Application. To apply, please email your CV and academic transcript, a short statement of research interests, and names and contact details of two referees to Simone Linz (s.linz@auckland.ac.nz). Informal inquiries can be directed to the same address. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

  • Postgraduate Studentships: University of Warwick
  • PhD Studentship: Immunology, Bioinformatics & Computer Science, Cardiff
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 49 - December 9, 2015

      PhD in Immunology, Bioinformatics and Computer Science (PhD Studentship)
      Closing Date: 07/02/2016
      Duration: 4 years
      Funding Amount: full UK/EU fees, plus Stipend
      Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
      Regions: EU (Non UK), UK

      Project title: The T-Cell Receptor in Health and Disease

      T-cells orchestrate immunity by distinguishing "self" from "non-self" and choreographing immune attack on pathogens and cancerous cells. The key to this recognition resides in the aß T cell receptor (TCR) which acts as acts as the "Swiss Army Knife" of the immune system by recognising foreign peptides, lipids and metabolites (reference 1). This remarkable receptor can theoretically exist in over 1018 different forms (reference 2) and sits at the heart of most human pathologies. T-cells protect us from infection, can eliminate cancer and hold the key to successful vaccination. On the negative side, these cells are thought to instigate all autoimmune disease (type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis etc) and cause acute rejection of transplanted organs. They are also responsible for many allergic reactions. Understanding how TCRs are generated and maintained throughout life is therefore likely to become a very important research area in future medicine and diagnostics. In short, we believe that diseases can be diagnosed or predicted from TCR sequencing and we are in the process of building a repository for these sequences and associated tools that will enable us, and other researchers, to answer a wide variety of medically important research questions.

      Our TCRs are made somatically by gene rearrangement. This process generates several million unique TCR sequences in any individual collectively termed "the repertoire". No two individuals, even if they are genetically identical, will have the same repertoire (hence even identical twins can be discordant for autoimmune diseases). The primary research focus of this project is to dissect the genetic forces that govern the assembly and the maintenance of the mature repertoire in different settings, including, healthy twins, cancer-specific responses following successful immunotherapy and autoimmune responses. This will be done at the molecular level, using high-throughput sequencing of sorted T- cell populations. This "systems" approach will undoubtedly shed light into the genetic and environmental factors at work to shape the TCR repertoire in health and disease (reference 3). The successful candidate will pursue a PhD in bioinformatics/systems biology over 4 years using high-throughput sequencing data of TCR repertoires. While the range of important future applications of TCR repertoire technologies is vast and a number of proof-of-concept studies have been done, the full potential of these technologies is far from being reached. In order to contribute to this development cutting-edge experimental technology in the Sewell lab needs to be combined with critical and deep analyses to distinguish biases caused by experimental artefacts from signals informing biological phenomena. This involves computer programming, running large computations both in terms of memory usage and CPU usage, and statistical techniques for data exploration and analysis. We will combine computational/statistical method development with targeted data analyses exploring medically important questions.

      Supervisors: Prof Andrew Sewell (http://www.tcells.org/scientific/andysewell/) and Dr Barbara Szomolay (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/165538-)

      Co-supervisors: Dr Sascha Ott (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/systemsbiology/staff/ott/), Dr Tom Connor (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/81141-connor-thomas), and Dr Meriem Attaf (http://www.tcells.org/scientific/meriemattaf/)

      Start date: 1 October 2016

      Funding

      This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

      Eligibility

      Academic criteria: Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a 2.1 degree or higher in a relevant subject, such as Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Computer Science & Informatics, and Mathematics & Statistics. As this is a cross-disciplinary project the ideal candidate will have an interest in the immunology, bioinformatics and systems biology/modelling aspects of the project. The wide supervisory team cover all of the required aspects and training will be provided. Knowledge of high-performance computing, statistics and/or programming in C++ or in other high-level programming language would be advantageous. The successful student will join a frontline research grouping in the Institute of Infection and Immunity at Cardiff University School of Medicine where Prof. Sewell is Research Director. They will also be a member of the new Cardiff University Systems Immunity Institute. You must be enthusiastic, self-motivated with high grades. We expect you to have a good degree in a relevant subject. An interest in Big Data analyses and Systems Biology and experience in Molecular Biology would be an added bonus. This funded studentship does not include fees for overseas students so we are looking for a national of the European Union.

      Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students without further restrictions.

      How to Apply

      In the first instance, you should submit a CV & Covering Letter to Dr Meriem Attaf AttafM@cardiff.ac.uk. The successful candidate will then be invited to submit a standard application for Postgraduate Study via the Online Application Service. The deadline for applications is 7 February 2016. Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

  • PhD Position: Modelling Gait in People with Parkinson's Disease
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 49 - December 9, 2015

      EPSRC funded PhD in Mathematics: Modelling Gait in People with Parkinsons Disease

      Location: Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

      Primary supervisor: Prof Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova

      Secondary supervisors: Dr Mark Wilson (University of Exeter), Dr Victoria Goodwin (University of Exeter)

      Based within the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare, a £2M initiative bringing together mathematicians, statisticians and clinicians, you will work on a project aiming to develop a data-driven mathematical modeling framework in order to study gait impairments in patients with Parkinson's.

      Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition that mainly affects people of 50 and over. One person in every 500 has Parkinson's, which equates to about 127,000 people in the UK. There's currently no cure, and the range of symptoms and how quickly they progress are different for everyone. The main symptoms of Parkinson's are tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement. Despite optimal medication therapy, many people with Parkinson's (PwP) still experience gait impairments. Gait impairments (e.g., freezing of gait) are associated with falls and fear of falling, and reduced quality of life.

      This studentship aims to further our understanding of the degenerative nature of the disease by taking a dynamical systems approach to modelling the coordination of locomotion (gait) from an individual perspective. While many studies have examined discrete gait measures (e.g. step length) it is likely that several gait malfunctions will interact and incur a simultaneous deterioration of stepping. A dynamical systems approach is particularly useful in predicting when and if this deterioration may cross a critical threshold; for example, triggering a freeze or a stumble.

      The first stage of this project will be to develop a model based on gait data we have already collected from 18 people with Parkinson's. The second stage would be to collect additional data to test model's predictions and refine and improve the model.

      This project is one of a number which are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership to commence in September 2016. The studentships will provide funding for a stipend (currently £14,057 per annum for 2015/16), research costs of £3,000 and UK/EU tuition fees at Research Council rates for 3.5 years.

      Application Criteria

      Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Maths, Physics, Medicine, Natural Sciences or other numerate discipline.

      The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 4 January 2016. Interview will be held at the University of Exeter is mid-late January 2016. For further information, or informal discussion about the position, please contact Prof Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, e-mail: K.Tsaneva-Atanasova@exeter.ac.uk.

  • PhD Position: Mathematical modelling of neuronal activity in ...
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 49 - December 9, 2015

      EPSRC funded PhD in Mathematics: Mathematical modelling of neuronal activity in the nucleus reuniens: a thalamic region contributing to mammalian cognitive processing.

      ABOUT THE AWARD

      This project is one of a number which are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership to commence in September, 2016. The studentships will provide funding for a stipend (currently £14,057 per annum for 2015/16), research costs of £3,000 and UK/EU tuition fees at Research Council rates for 3.5 years.

      Location: Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

      Primary supervisor: Dr Ozgur Akman
      http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/mathematics/staff/oea201

      Secondary supervisors: Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova (University of Exeter), Professor Andrew Randall (University of Exeter)

      The production of action potentials is a defining feature of the functional physiology of all excitable cells. Typically, only after firing a spike will a cell perform its task and, furthermore, the rate, timing and patterns of spike generation have important effects on the nature of the downstream events they trigger, for example neurotransmitter release. Hence, quantifying the characteristic features of action potential production in neurons is crucial in helping us to understand the normal functional physiology of nervous systems, as well as how these are altered during pathological conditions associated with disease.

      Based within the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare, a £2M initiative bringing together mathematicians, statisticians and clinicians, you will work on a project aiming to develop in silico biophysical models of neural excitability in the mammalian nucleus reuniens (NRe). This area within the thalamus is receiving increased attention from neuroscientists, (including both the 2013 and 2014 Nobel Laureates in Physiology and Medicine; see Xu and Sudhoff (2013), Science 339, 1290-5 and Ito et al. (2015) Nature 522, 50-5). Through its robust connectivity to structures such as the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, this midline thalamic nucleus is involved in both spatial and cognitive processing. It is also a key site of pathology in Korsakoff's syndrome (aka amnesic-confabulatory syndrome), a form of dementia. Recent ongoing work in the Randall lab at Exeter has generated a large body of novel electrophysiological data that details the core electrical excitability of neurons in the nucleus reuniens, in both normal adult animals and rodent disease models. These datasets are supported by additional biophysical characterisations of the gating of some of the key underpinning ion channels in NRe neurons. These experimental data will form the basis for the computational models that this project will generate, models that will probe the mechanisms that govern the physiological spiking and bursting dynamics of NRe cells. The ultimate goal is to both better understand normal physiological NRe function, and to identify possible interventional routes through which abnormal NRe activity observed in disease models can be normalised toward the neurophysiological signatures presented by healthy tissue. Mathematical analysis and numerical/computational techniques will be applied to study the behaviour of the system in normal and pathological conditions. The computational component of the project will include the use of multi-objective evolutionary algorithms to optimise the parameters of the model to data, and the use of bifurcation analysis software.

      Application Criteria

      Applicants should have or expect to achieve a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Mathematics, Physics, Natural Sciences, Medicine or other numerate discipline.

      The closing date for applications if midnight on 4 January, 2016. Interviews will be held at the University of Exeter mid-late January, 2016.

      For further information, or an informal discussion about the position, please contact Dr Ozbur Akman, e-mail: O.E.Akman@exeter.ac.uk.

      SUMMARY

      Application deadline: 4th January 2016 Value: £14,057 per annum plus UK/EU fees for eligible students (2015-16 rates) Duration of award: per year Contact: Postgraduate Research Office emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk

      HOW TO APPLY

      Please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/money/studentships/application/ and complete the online web form. You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and details of two academic referees. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project.

  • PhD Scholarships: Mathematics for A Sustainable Society, U Nottingham
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 47 - November 25, 2015

      Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships - Mathematics for A Sustainable Society

      Do you have a passion for sustainability?
      Would you like to apply mathematical research to help improve resource security?

      Mathematics for A Sustainable Society is a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships programme at the University of Nottingham that aims to tackle the ongoing global problems of food shortages, water scarcity and insufficient clean energy by using mathematics to help understand and optimise resource use through predictive modelling and statistical analysis.

      A number of the projects focus on biological aspects of resource sustainability, including plant growth, anti-microbial resistance in agriculture, and bio-energy.

      The scholarships are for four years, starting in September 2016, and will cover PhD tuition fees for UK/EU students, plus a tax-free stipend of £14,057 per annum (2015/16 rate). At the end of their PhD, Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars will be eligible to apply for an additional one-year post-doctoral prize, funded by The University of Nottingham, to help establish their independent research careers.

      Further details and application instructions can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mathematics/prospective/research/leverhulme-doctoral-scholarships.aspx

      For any enquiries please email: PM-pg-admissions@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk, quoting reference SCI1495.

  • PhD Studentship: Epithelial Morphogenesis, University of Sheffield
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      PhD position: "Epithelial morphogenesis: coordinating planar polarity and tissue mechanics"

      Supervisors: Prof. David Strutt (Biomedical Science) and Dr Alexander Fletcher (School of Mathematics and Statistics), University of Sheffield

      Application deadline: Friday 4 December 2015

      This is a competition funded project (EU/UK students only). Please see https://www.shef.ac.uk/bms/prospective_pg/phd/16_17/strutt2 for further details and information on how to apply.

  • PhD Studentship: Controlled Delivery of Therapeutics ..., U Glasgow
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      The School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 3.5 year PhD project entitled "Controlled delivery of therapeutics from medical implants" within the Biomedical Engineering Division.

      See http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=68527&LID=2252

  • PhD Studentship: Decipher 'Mechanical regulation of plant cell growth'
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      3-4 year PhD studentship (starting 01.10.2016)

      Application Deadline: 7 December 2015
      Supervisors: Naomi Nakayama http://bff-ed-ac-uk.weebly.com/ & Teuta Pilizota http://pilizotalab.bio.ed.ac.uk/index.html

      Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences & SynthSys Centre for Systems and Synthetic Biology
      University of Edinburgh

      Growth is a process fundamental to biological systems but rather uncommon in non-living structures. Plant cells can grow hundreds of times in volume. As growth is a mechanical process, physical parameters, such as the cell internal pressure and material properties of the cell wall, are thought to play instructive roles in growth regulation. For example, a mechanical force field can dictate the direction of cell growth. Mechanical influences on cell behaviours are increasingly becoming recognised, but we are only starting to understand the physics of biological tissues and how exactly cells sense and respond to it. In order to study mechanical regulation of cell growth, we will employ microfluidics technology and untangle the roles of different physico-chemical signals from the cell wall and the cytoplasm. Through this interdisciplinary project, students will gain experiences in state-of-art plant cell biology and microfluidics, as well as excellent training in microscopy and quantitative analysis.

      For the full advert and information on how to apply, go to: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=67213&LID=3300

      The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

  • PhD Studentship: on 'Stochasticity in cell dedifferentiation ...'
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      PhD Studentship: on 'Stochasticity in cell dedifferentiation and stem cell activation'

      BBSRC EASTBIO 4 year PhD studentship (starting 01.10.2016)

      Application Deadline: 14 December 2015
      Supervisors: Naomi Nakayama http://bff-ed-ac-uk.weebly.com/ & Ramon Grima http://grimagroup.bio.ed.ac.uk/index.html

      Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences & SynthSys Centre for Systems and Synthetic Biology
      University of Edinburgh

      Plant cells have an amazing capacity to dedifferentiate. When isolated, any living mature cell within a plant body is thought to be able to regain totipotency and hence regenerate into a complete organism. Recently, a protocol was optimised to enhance totipotency and regeneration in protoplasts isolated from leaf. Transcriptome analysis of the isolated cells revealed that the cells undergo dedifferentiation within a day following the release from the tissue context; they acquire stem cell fate within few days, eventually beginning to divide and re-differentiate in a week. While these data are collected from a population of cells, we are interested in cell-to-cell variability, as well as differences due to the original cells types, since likely stochasticity plays an important role in how cells lose and regain a specific identity.

      Involving microfluidics technology, single cell analysis, and stochastic modelling, this project will reveal the dynamics and stochasticity in how mature somatic cells strip off a given cell fate and become a ?blank? cell, en route to regain the embryonic potential for developmental decision making. It will provide a student with excellent training in both experimental and computational approaches of systems and integrative biology.

      For full advertisement of the project, go to: http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/stochasticity-cell-dedifferentiation-and-stem-cell-activation To apply, go to: http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/how-apply-0

  • PhD Position: Modelling Tissue Growth Regulation in Plants, Norwich
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 44 - November 4, 2015

      Fully Funded PHD position, Marée Lab, Norwich, UK.

      Project Title "Untangle the feedback between auxin dynamics and tissue growth during fruit development"

      Application Deadline 30/11/2015
      http://www.biodtp.norwichresearchpark.ac.uk/projects/project-detail/project/196

      Plants present a remarkable variation in fruit shape. To understand how fruits grow into such different sizes and shapes requires unravelling the way that cell division and expansion within the organ are regulated. This PhD project will use mathematical modelling and computer simulations to unravel the interplay between the plant hormone auxin and fruit growth, in a close collaboration between the theoretical lab of Stan Marée and the experimental lab of Lars Østergaard. The project will specifically focus on species within the Brassicaceae family. This family includes the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana as well as important crop species such as oilseed rape (Brassica napus). Fruits from both Arabidopsis and B. napus develop as cylindrical siliques, while fruits from other Brassicaceae species can be flat and heart-shaped (such as Capsella rubella) or flat and circular (such as Ledipium campestre). Unravelling the cellular basis of this diversity in shapes is the objective of this project. The hypothesis is that auxin functions as a core regulator of the axiality and strength in growth and rate of divisions. Given that growth-induced changes in tissue shape directly impact auxin dynamics and transport, we expect essential feedbacks from the growth on the auxin patterning, and thus on growth, division and differentiation itself. Unravelling this feedback loop requires an integrative modelling approach, in which the student will be developing predictive cellular-based models of fruit growth, which combine models of how auxin flows through the tissue with models that describe the regulation of cell expansion and cell cycle. Such models should allow to unravel what underlies the acquisition of the diverse fruit shapes.

      For more information, contact stan.maree@jic.ac.uk

  • PhD Position: Modelling Spine Calcium Dynamics, U Exeter
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 44 - November 4, 2015

      PhD position in Modelling spine calcium dynamics: implications for synaptic plasticity

      Based within the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare at the University of Exeter, a £2M initiative bringing together mathematicians, statisticians and clinicians, you will work on a project aiming to investigate the mechanisms and hence understand the regulation of calcium transient dynamics (shown to be a critical trigger for synaptic plasticity) in dendritic spines. The project involves development and analysis of three-dimensional mathematical models using finite element methods. Therefore I am looking for candidates trained in quantitative fields whose interest has turned to the study of synaptic plasticity and calcium dynamics.

      This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP). The SWBio DTP is a BBSRC-funded PhD training programme in the biosciences, delivered by a consortium comprising the Universities of Bristol (lead), Bath, Cardiff and Exeter and Rothamsted Research. The SWBio DTP projects are designed to provide outstanding interdisciplinary training in a range of topics in World-Class Bioscience, underpinned by training in mathematics and complexity science. Each project is supervised by an interdisciplinary team of academic staff and will follow a structured training 4 year PhD model.

      In particular the project on "Modelling spine calcium dynamics: implications for synaptic plasticity" stems form a long-standing collaboration between Prof Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova (main supervisor, Exeter) and Dr Jack Mellor (co-supervisor, Bristol http://www.bris.ac.uk/synaptic/people/66711/)

      To Apply: Candidates with strong quantitative training (e.g. a BSc or MSc in Physics, Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience, Computer Science, or Engineering) and evidence of scientific achievement are invited to apply. Knowledge of neuroscience is a plus. Please apply using the following link: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=1977

  • PhD Studentships: Chronobiology and Kinetoplast DNA, U Edinburgh
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 44 - November 4, 2015

      Project 1: Dynamics of mitochondrial genome complexity in trypanosomes

      Dr. Nick Savill, nick.savill@ed.ac.uk
      Dr. Achim Schnaufer, achim.schnaufer@ed.ac.uk

      Sleeping sickness, caused by the African trypanosome, threatens millions of people in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Many of the affected populations live in remote rural areas with limited access to adequate health service. Although there are curative drugs they have many undesirable side-effects. The aim of this project is to increase our understanding the genomic structure and function of trypanosomal mitochondrial DNA (the kinetoplast) in the hope of aiding drug discovery. The kinetoplast is quite remarkable and unlike human mitochondrial DNA. It is made up of thousands of interlocked DNA rings like chainmail armour. These rings, called minicircles, encode guide-RNAs that post-transciptionally edit mRNA. In some genes almost half the genetic information is edited into the mRNA. Our groups (one theoretical and another experimental) are interested in determining the complexity of the kinetoplast and how it evolves over time. We use a combination of mathematical modelling, bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing and experimentation to reveal and understand the wonderful complexity of the kinetoplast and its transcriptional and proteomic products - many, we suspect, have not yet been found.

      Project 2: Mathematical modelling the circadian rhythms of malaria parasites

      Dr. Nick Savill, nick.savill@ed.ac.uk
      Prof. Sarah Reece, sarah.reece@ed.ac.uk

      The discovery of circadian rhythms in parasite behaviours and host immune responses suggests that timing matters for how hosts and parasites interact with each other. For example, the developmental rhythm of many malaria parasite species is coordinated; parasites invade host red blood cells, replicate, and then release their progeny in a timed, synchronized burst. However, to date, the study of parasite biological rhythms has rarely considered whether parasites are organising their own schedules or whether parasites are passive and scheduled by aspects of host physiology with circadian rhythms. Rhythms in immune defence and parasite development could provide an evolutionary advantage to hosts, parasites or both, and both parties may to some extent control each other's rhythms. This project will bridge this divide to investigate the evolutionary ecology of biological rhythms in host-parasite interactions.

      The project will synergise several disciplines across biology including the study of circadian rhythms, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and mathematical biology to investigate the evolutionary ecology of biological rhythms in host-parasite interactions. The project offers a novel opportunity to combine experiments and theory by collecting data from lab experiments and then using the data to undertake statistical inference of disease processes.

      Both of these projects are ideal for someone interested in working at the intersection of wet lab and computational biology. A strong background in mathematics or scientific programming is highly desirable. You should have at least an upper second class honours degree.

      Interested individuals must follow Steps 1, 2 and 3 at this link on how to apply http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/biology/postgraduate/pgr/how-to-apply Choose the Immunology & Infection Research Applications link from this page.

      Scholarships are available for EU and exceptional international students - you must apply by 5.00pm on Monday 7 December 2015 at the latest.

Postdoctoral positions

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  • Postdoctoral Research Associate: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 05 - February 3, 2016

      Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Pharmacometrician/Systems Modeler)
      Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences
      Faculty Member: Clinton F. Stewart

      A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Clinton Stewart at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Our laboratory uses contemporary mathematical methodologies applicable to pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) modeling to address clinically relevant problems encountered in the therapy of children with solid malignancies or brain tumors.

      Specifically, we have embarked on a comprehensive series of pharmacokinetic, pharmacogenetic, and pharmacodynamic studies to understand how developmental changes in infants and young children affect the disposition and toxicities of anticancer drugs used in the treatment of infants with malignant brain tumors. In addition, using in vitro, in vivo, and clinical data we develop and analyze mathematical models that lead to a better understanding of how to dose and schedule anticancer drugs to treat children with cancer.

      The laboratory is highly collaborative, working with many basic and clinical scientists, which enhances the opportunity of the post-doc to translate findings from the lab directly into the clinic. We are seeking an ambitious postdoctoral fellow with a track record of productivity, a strong interest in translational pharmacology research, and strong oral and written communication skills. Ideal candidates will possess a strong background in applied mathematics, computer modeling, or pharmacology. In addition, candidates with knowledge of clinical oncology are strongly encouraged to apply.

      Submit applications to:
      https://jobs.stjude.org/css_apo_postdoc/CSSPage_Referred.ASP?Req=35074

      Contact Information
      J. Carl Panetta, Ph.D.
      Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
      St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
      262 Danny Thomas Place
      Memphis, TN 38105
      Office: (901) 595-3172
      Mobile: (901) 921-3740
      Fax: (901) 595-3125
      Carl.Panetta@stjude.org

  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 05 - February 3, 2016

      Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematical Oncology

      Applications are sought for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work under the supervision of Dr. Alexander R. A. Anderson on an exciting inter-disciplinary research project focussed on tumour-immune interactions. This project will be part of our recently award Physical Sciences Oncology Centre http://physics.cancer.gov/network/ and will connect the successful candidate with the greater PSOC community. We seek a talented individual with a PhD and background in applied mathematics, physics or a computational discipline to work in the unique research environment of the Moffitt Cancer Centre Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) Department.

      The successful candidate will have experience in mathematical and/ or computational modeling, as well as demonstrated creativity, high motivation, good communication skills. A desire to work closely with experimentalists and clinicians is also necessary. Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to code (C++/Java/Python), visualize and analyse numerical/experimental data.

      The IMO is housed within the H. Lee Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center which is a modern facility on the University of South Florida Campus that conducts research on various aspects of Cancer Biology with emphasis on translational research. IMO integrates mathematicians, computer scientists, and physicists together with imaging specialists as well as clinical and experimental oncologists to develop novel approaches for the treatment and understanding of cancer.

      Further details on the type of research being carried out in the Anderson lab can be found at http://labpages.moffitt.org/andersona/. Please send CV and cover letter directly to Alexander.Anderson@Moffitt.org. You can also apply online through the Moffitt recruitment system: Req ID Number 18657 https://www.healthcaresource.com/moffitt/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.jobDetails&template=dsp_job_details.cfm&cJobId=104868.

  • Postdoc: Mathematical Biology, University of Sydney, Australia
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 05 - February 3, 2016

      Postdoctoral position in Mathematical Biology, University of Sydney, Australia

      The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7500 permanent staff, supporting over 52,000 students.

      The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney is a leading centre for mathematical research and education in Australia. The School attracts outstanding undergraduate students, including many who are particularly talented in the mathematical sciences, and has a large cohort of postgraduate research students. It regularly hosts overseas visitors and offers a diverse and world class research environment.

      We currently seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Mathematical Biology to work on a project, funded by the Australian Research Council on "Dynamics of atherosclerotic plaque formation, growth and regression". The Chief Investigators on this project are Professor Mary Myerscough http://sydney.edu.au/science/people/mary.myerscough.php, Associate Professor Charlie Macaskill http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/ut/people?who=C_Macaskill (both at School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney) and Dr Christina Bursill http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/christina.bursill.php (at the Heart Research Institute, Newtown, which is a short walk away from campus). This project is funded for the period 2016-2018.

      In this role you will:
      * undertake the development, analysis and numerical solution of differential equation models for immunological events in the artery wall that lead to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques and the consequent development of cardio-vascular disease and strokes
      * engage with the scientific literature and medical science community as part of model construction and evaluation
      * participate in all aspects of the project, as well as presenting research results at seminars and conferences
      * be part of the research team which includes, not only the grant holders, but also graduate students and overseas visitors
      * and write scholarly papers for publication in academic journals

      For further information:
      Postdoctoral position in Mathematical Biology, University of Sydney or contact Professor Mary Myerscough, mary.myerscough@sydney.edu.au

  • 2-year Postdoc: Programme of Collaborative Mathematical Research
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 05 - February 3, 2016

      The CRM welcomes applications for one 2-years postdoctoral position within the programme of Collaborative Mathematical Research. The collaborative projects proposed in this call are in one of the following groups: Complex Systems Industrial Mathematics Mathematical Epidemiology Computational and Mathematical Biology Computational Neuroscience Financial Mathematics and Risk Control To apply for a position, please send to crmcalls@crm.cat an email with the following information: name, personal address, email and phone number The application package should include a CV, academic records, incorporating, if possible, the computation of the average grade and a motivation letter. A minimum of one and a maximum of three hosting CRM research groups have to be chosen, indicating preferences in the motivation letter, if any. The applicant should arrange for two referees familiar with her/his work to send a reference letter to crmcalls@crm.cat before the deadline The deadline to submit an application is February 26, 2016 Applicants should be available for interviews (possibly via Skype) from March 7 onwards. Details and How to apply: http://www.crm.cat/en/Pages/DetallNoticia.aspx?ItemID=101

  • Postdoc Position: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette
    • SMB Digest Vol 17, Issue 04 - January 27, 2016

      Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate

      Affiliated Dept: Ray P. Authement College of Sciences

      Effective Date: As soon as selected candidate is available.

      Duration: The position is for 18 months with a possibility of 6 months extension.

      Qualifications: Ph.D. degree required. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics with substantial knowledge of statistics and experience in developing and analyzing discrete and continuous structured population models and in developing and implementing numerical methods for solving such models. Also, experience in writing and publishing papers is required and a history of presentations at professional meetings is desired.

      Duties: The selected candidate will be a member of the consortium "Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center - Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling (LADC-GEMM)" working closely with Dr. Ackleh and his graduate students and the rest of the UL Lafayette LADC-GEMM Team. Current research projects focus on modeling and monitoring marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico.

      For more details go to the following site: and click on "Research".

      Applications: We will review applications as they are received and continue until the position is filled. Send letters of application with vitae and a list of three (3) references to: graceb@louisiana.edu

  • Postdoc Position: Mathematical..., Univ of Notre Dame
    • SMB Digest Vol 17, Issue 04 - January 27, 2016

      POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION in Mathematical and Computational Modelling of Neglected Tropical Diseases

      A Post-doctoral Research Fellow position is available immediately in the interdisciplinary Global Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group led by Prof. Edwin Michael at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Eck Institute for Global Health, to develop new mathematical and computational frameworks for modeling neglected vector- borne macroparasitic infections, in partnership with IBM Healthcare Informatics, IBM Haifa Research Labs, Israel.

      Responsibilities: The successful candidate for the position must be proficient in mathematical model construction and analysis using both analytical and numerical methods, as well as have strong programming and computer science skills. Our current work includes vector-borne microparasitic and neglected macroparasitic models, and the successful candidate will be expected to work with group members and faculty within the Department of Biology, and at Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Center for Research Computing, in analyzing the dynamical properties and simulation of these models. Knowledge and application of data discovery, mining, and data-model assimilation methods will be important, as among key objectives of our work is to apply models to diverse data across the world to improve learning and understanding of disease dynamics, inform effective control and eradication strategies, and guide development of new computing approaches to efficient discovery of models, data and interventions. The candidate will have an opportunity to work with our computation partner, IBM Healthcare Informatics, in developing a cognitive computational application based on machine learning algorithms to implement these methods and tools. We are looking for creative, self-motivated individuals with intellectual ability and aptitude to pursue challenging, computationally and mathematically complex problems in a fast paced research environment.

      Qualifications: Suitable candidates should have completed a PhD or equivalent degree in biomathematics, infectious disease population biology, theoretical physics, or in computer science, with a research experience in mathematical modelling of infectious disease transmission.

      Qualified individuals should send in PDF format a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, and three letters of reference to the search committee chair, Dr. Edwin Michael at eigh@nd.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt of applications and continue until suitable candidates are identified. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit http://hr.nd.edu/employment/working_at_nd.shtml.

  • Postdoc and Staff Scientist Positions: City of Hope, CA
    • SMB Digest Vol 17, Issue 04 - January 27, 2016

      The division of Mathematical Oncology at City of Hope in Los Angeles California is hiring postdoc and staff scientist positions. See links below for more information. Stat date and duration of appointment is flexible depending on candidate availability. Positions are open and available immediately.

      Postdoc
      http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CITYOFHOPE&cws=1&rid=6501

      Staff Scientist
      http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CITYOFHOPE&cws=1&rid=6502

      Division of Mathematical Oncology
      http://www.cityofhope.org/research/beckman-research-institute/research-departments-and-divisions/information-sciences/mathematical-oncology

      Twitter @COHMathOnc

  • Postdoc Position in Epidemiology at Cornell University
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 02 - January 13, 2016

      A postdoc position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Renata Ivanek in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University. The successful candidate will lead one of the ongoing or new research directions in the lab that include intervention trials and mathematical modeling in pre-harvest production of fresh produce and finishing cattle, the evolutionary ecology of infectious agents, epidemiology of antibiotic resistance and social epidemiology. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to proposal writing, preparing manuscripts, and to participate in mentoring of junior members of Dr. Ivanek's laboratory. Participation in formal classroom teaching is not expected but possible for candidates with strong interest in teaching. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and as an effective member of Dr. Ivanek?s multidisciplinary collaborative team.

      The preferred candidate will have (i) a PhD degree in a quantitatively oriented field such as epidemiology, ecology or applied mathematics, (ii) robust research experience in epidemiology and/or mathematical modeling of infectious/foodborne pathogens, and (iii) good track record of publications and strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM or equivalent) or Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) is desired but not required.

      Review of applications will begin immediately and the position is available as soon as a qualified applicant is identified. Application materials consist of a cover letter, CV, contact details of three referees, and a brief statement of research interests in epidemiology and career goals. They should be e-mailed to Dr. Ivanek (ri25@cornell.edu) as a single PDF file and with "Ivanek: Open Epi Positions" written in the Subject line. Additional information may be requested from shortlisted applicants.

      Dr. Ivanek's research is in the epidemiology of infectious and foodborne diseases with the purpose of identifying new and improved approaches to protect 'One Health'. Currently, the particular interest is in pathogens that transmit through contaminated environments, such as surfaces, fomites, food or water (e.g., Avian Influenza viruses, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Vibrio cholerae). Dr. Ivanek's computer laboratory uses a variety of epidemiologic approaches, including mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, spatial analyses, statistical modeling, risk assessments, and design and conduct of observational studies and controlled trials. Ongoing multidisciplinary collaborations integrate these epidemiologic approaches with other disciplines, including microbiology, molecular biology, horticulture, statistics, economy, geography and social science.

  • Postdoct Position in Science Education Research.., NIMBioS
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 02 - January 13, 2016

      The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) requests applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Evaluation, available to start May 2016.

      The Fellow will assist in development and evaluation of a Quantitative Biology Concept Inventory (QBCI) to assess the impact of biological constructs and examples on student quantitative comprehension. The Fellow will have primary responsibility for all aspects of data collection, coordinating focus groups and obtaining professional review of QBCI. A successful applicant will have prior experience in evaluation of educational efforts in science, with a Ph.D. in Evaluation, Science Education, Mathematics Education, or a related field. Experience in interdisciplinary research, statistical methodology, or undergraduate teaching will also be considered as positive factors in evaluation of candidates.

      The Fellowship is for two years at an annual stipend of approximately $51,000. For a full description of the position, qualifications, and application process, please visit: http://www.nimbios.org/positions/#postdoc_eval

      For more information about the position and qualifications, please contact NIMBioS Associate Director for STEM Evaluation Pam Bishop at pambishop@nimbios.org.

  • Postdoc Opportunity: Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 51 - December 23, 2015

      ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
      An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

      Postdoctoral position in Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics
      (Job #11446)

      We are soliciting applications for a postdoctoral position in the Laboratory for Informatics and Computation in Open Neuroscience at Arizona State University. This laboratory, jointly supervised by Dr. Sharon Crook and Dr. Rick Gerkin, focuses on developing resources for the community for describing, validating and sharing computational models in neuroscience. In addition, lab personnel conduct empirical and modeling studies in order to investigate fundamental questions in neuroscience.

      The successful candidate will contribute to the development and use of tool chains for model validation and model exchange that revolve around NeuronUnit and NeuroML. The postdoctoral researcher also will have the opportunity to choose the direction of their own modeling studies.

      Applicants must provide evidence of excellence in sustainable software development, experience in applications in neuroscience, and should also be highly independent, with a strong propensity for interdisciplinary research. Candidates must hold a PhD in neuroscience, computer science, applied mathematics, computational neuroscience or a related discipline by time of appointment and be highly motivated and creative. Experience with some combination of Python, XML, MySQL, Ruby on Rails, and NEURON is desirable.

      Named the #1 Most Innovative University in the US, Arizona State University offers an exciting research environment in a unique setting. ASU is located in Tempe, Arizona, which offers many rich cultural and outdoor opportunities with access to mountains and canyons visited by people from around the world.

      All applications must be submitted online through mathjobs at https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/8375 and must include the following:
      1) A detailed CV
      2) Two recommendation letters
      3) A statement of research interest

      Any questions should be sent by email to Dr. Sharon Crook (sharon.crook@asu.edu) and Dr. Rick Gerkin (rgerkin@asu.edu).

      Initial review of applications will begin January 15, 2016; if not filled, applications will be reviewed every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

      Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Massey University Auckland
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 51 - December 23, 2015

      The Institute of Natural & Mathematical Sciences and The NZ Institute of Advanced Study seek to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the research group of Prof. Thomas Pfeiffer.

      In this appointment you will be expected to contribute to the group's research activities in the modelling of metabolic systems and their evolution. You will have a strong background in mathematical modelling, theoretical biology or computational biology is of advantage, as is a track record in metabolic modelling and the analysis of genomic data.

      This position is for three years, requires a PhD qualification, and is based at the Auckland campus. Please contact Prof. Thomas Pfeiffer for further information (email: T.Pfeiffer@massey.ac.nz).

      Closing date: 17 January 2016
      Reference number: A403-15SF

      For further information and to apply online, visit:
      www.massey.ac.nz/joinus/
      www.thomaspfeiffer.com

  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Ecological Modelling, RMIT University
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 51 - December 23, 2015

      Dear Colleagues

      We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work on an Australian Research Council funded project that deals with ecological modelling. The project will continue for 1.5 years with a possible extension depending on funding availability. The applicant should have a good mathematics/statistics background as well as a strong interest in ecology/biology.

      The project is being run at RMIT University, led by PI's Lewi Stone, Yan Wang, Ascelin Gordon. External Principal Investigators: David Dowe, Monash University Robert Dorazio USGS, Andy Solow Woods Hole

      Project Summary: Identifying how species are distributed over the landscape, and how they interact and self-organize into foodwebs, are central goals in Ecology. This project will provide innovative new modelling tools to improve our understanding of species distributions and their foodweb networks. Broadly speaking, the successful candidate together with the PI's will be developing a general framework for extending current species distribution modelling frameworks to deal with multiple species, incorporating both their interactions as well as surveillance errors in detection. We intend to use spatial point process models, for which the candidate should preferably have some background knowledge.

      This is a loose guideline, and there are also possibilities for pursuing related research.

  • Postdoctoral Associate: Math Biology, U Minnesota-Minneapolis
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 50 - December 16, 2015

      Funding is available for a Postdoctoral Associate/Research Associate position in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, beginning as early as March 1, 2016. The position involves mathematical modeling and analysis of the interaction between complex signaling networks and mechanics in pattern formation and tissue development. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Mathematics, Science or Engineering and have experience in mathematical modeling in biology, biophysics or medicine. The degree is required by the beginning date of appointment. Knowledge of Fortran or C/C++ is also required.

      The research group consists of six researchers who are analyzing models of cell movement in single and multicellular systems, stochastic effects in pattern formation, signal transduction and pattern formation in developmental biology, and cancer dynamics. In addition, the School of Mathematics, the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications at Minnesota, and a highly-rated Biomedical Engineering department provide a very rich research environment for a post-doctoral fellow.

      The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The initial appointment will be for one year, with continuation contingent upon performance and availability of funding. Please submit your CV, research statement and arrange for three letters of recommendation. Also, any offer will be contingent upon a successful background check. Letters could be loaded on the mathjobs website or be sent to: Professor Hans Othmer, School of Mathematics, 127 Vincent Hall, University of Minnesota, 206 Church St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455.

      The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

  • Postdoc Position: Computational Systems Biology, UC Irvine
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 50 - December 16, 2015

      University of California, Irvine - Computational Systems Biology, Center for Complex Biological Systems

      Job #JPF03218 - Postdoctoral Scholar in Computational Systems Biology

      One to two postdoctoral researcher openings are available in the area of Computational Systems Biology in University of California, Irvine. The successful candidates will work with Professor Qing Nie on several NIH-funded projects that include, but not limited to, "Stochastic Dynamics and Noise Control in Patterning Systems", "Spatial Dynamics of Tissue and Organ Size Control", and "Defining an Integrated Signaling Network That Patterns the Craniofacial Skeleton". The postdoctoral fellows, whose primary responsibility is on modeling and computations, are expected to closely work with experimentalists in an interdisciplinary research environment on one or more of these three projects. The position is renewable up to three years based upon availability of funding and performance of the postdoctoral fellow. Applicants must possess a PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology or related fields.

      The review process is ongoing, and will continue until positions are filled. Appointments can start as early as July 1, 2016.

      For further inquiry on the positions, please contact Qing Nie (qnie@math.uci.edu). Please Reference Job #JPF03218 in subject line of all correspondence.

      Completed applications must be submitted electronically through https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF03218 and must contain:
      (1) Cover letter
      (2) Curriculum Vitae
      (3) Research statement
      (4) Statement of Contributions to Diversity: Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.
      (5) Two reference letters should submitted through https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/ or emailed to recruit@math.uci.edu by the referee.

      The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

  • Postdoctoral Position: Theoretical Neuroscience, U Houston
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 50 - December 16, 2015

      We are looking for a postdoctoral associate with a background in applied mathematics and/or computational neuroscience. The successful applicant will work with Kre?imir Josi? at the University of Houston and Zack Kilpatrick at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The goal of the project is to use linear response theory and its extensions to predict how patterns of activity and structure of neuronal networks co-evolve. This is a collaborative project with Brent Doiron (Pitt) and Eric Shea-Brown (UW, Seattle).

      The deadline for applications is January 15, 2016. This position is expected to run September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2018.

      Interested applicants can apply online at at the University of Houston jobs website:
      https://jobs.uh.edu/postings/28856

      The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

  • BGSMath/Maria de Maeztu Postdoctoral Fellowships
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 48 - December 2, 2015

      Dear Colleagues

      Below please find the call for postdoctoral fellowships within the BGSMath/Maria de Maeztu programme. The call covers a number of broad areas in Mathematical research, including Mathematics and Statistics for Life and Social Sciences. Interested candidates within this area are encouraged to contact either of the researchers involved:

      -- Tomas Alarcon, talarcon@crm.cat.
      Area of expertise: multi-scale modelling of tumour growth.
      -- Angel Calsina, acalsina@mat.uab.es.
      Area of expertise: structured population dynamics, selection-mutation equations
      -- Marta Casanellas, marta.casanellas@upc.edu.
      Area of expertise: algebraic and geometric tools in phylogenetics
      -- Guadalupe Gomez, lupe.gomez@upc.edu.
      Area of expertise: survival analysis, statistical methods for omics data integration, statistical genetics, functional data analysis, bioinformatics
      -- Pere Puig, ppuig@mat.uab.cat.
      Area of expertise: characterisation of distributions, count data modelling, count data time series, extreme value theory
      -- Alex Roxin, aroxin@crm.cat.
      Area of expertise: computational neuroscience

      The BGSMath/Maria de Maeztu programme has an open call for postdoctoral fellowships. Positions are open in seven broad areas of mathematical research: Dynamical Systems, Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics, Algebra Geometry and Topology, Analysis PDE's and Probability, Number Theory, Mathematics for Life and Social Sciences, Modelling and Simulation.

      For specifics regarding application procedure, salary, conditions of the appointment, etc. candidates are advised to visit the link:

      http://www.bgsmath.cat/postdoc-call-nov-2015/

      Applications may be submitted until January 15th 2016

  • Prize Fellowship in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath, UK
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 47 - November 25, 2015

      Department of Mathematical Sciences and Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Bath, UK

      The University of Bath, as part of its 50th birthday celebrations, is currently advertising for Prize Fellows in a range of areas including Mathematical Biology. Our Prize Fellowships provide a fast track to a permanent appointment for exceptional post-doctoral researchers. You will spend the first two years in the scheme as a Research Fellow. If your performance meets our standards, you will then transfer to a permanent academic contract as a probationary Lecturer (Assistant Professor). After three successful years as a probationary Lecturer we shall confirm your appointment as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader (Associate Professor). Further details are available at

      Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate that they can undertake a programme of high quality, independent research with an emerging track record of high quality publications and that they have the potential to attract research funding. For suitable candidates we shall offer guidance and support at the application stage.

      The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath has an excellent recent record in supporting early career researchers to establish their own independent research career. The University's Centre for Mathematical Biology is well established and can provide a supportive environment for a Prize Fellow both directly and through its links with other centres across the University, most notably the Centre for Networks & Collective Behaviour, the Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the newly formed Milner Centre for Evolution. Based on current interests within the core CMB membership, the focus for our search is in the areas of Developmental or Evolutionary Biology. This focus should not be viewed as exclusive but we feel that researchers in these areas will feel particularly well supported.

      The deadline for applications is 31 December 2015.

      Please don't hesitate to contact Nick Britton if you have any questions about the scheme.

  • Postdoctoral Position: Theoretical Immunology, University of Glasgow
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 47 - November 25, 2015

      Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Immunology, University of Glasgow, UK We are seeking a postdoctoral scientist interesting in applying mathematical and computational approaches to studying the immune system and its interaction with pathogens. This post is based within the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation working under the supervision of Professor Andrew Yates.

      Applicants should have strong quantitative skills. We therefore encourage people with a background in mathematics, biostatistics, engineering or physics to apply. A familiarity with basic immunology is preferable but not a requirement and training will be provided. A commitment to interdisciplinary science and an enthusiasm and aptitude for communicating with experts outside your field is essential.

      Our current interests relate to the development and maintenance of our T cell repertoires, and modelling the response of HIV-infected children to interruption of antiretroviral therapy. The candidate will have the opportunity to work on projects related to T cell homeostasis performed in close collaboration with immunologists at University College London, and/or with a consortium of clinicians, virologists and immunologists studying therapeutic vaccines for children infected with HIV.

      The University of Glasgow has one of the strongest Immunology departments in the UK. The successful candidate will be exposed to a wide range of research topics in this area, and will also have opportunities to connect with researchers with expertise in modelling and quantitative ecology within the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine. Glasgow is a vibrant city with great culture and with superb outdoor opportunities nearby.

      This position has funding until 31 December 2016, in the first instance.

      Please send CV and covering letter to andrew.yates@glasgow.ac.uk

  • Postdoc Position: Modelling Neglected Tropical Diseases, U Notre Dame
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 46 - November 18, 2015

      POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION in Mathematical and Computational Modelling of Neglected Tropical Diseases

      A Post-doctoral Research Fellow position is available immediately in the interdisciplinary Global Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group led by Prof. Edwin Michael at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Eck Institute for Global Health, to develop new mathematical and computational frameworks for modeling neglected vector-borne macroparasitic infections, in partnership with IBM Healthcare Informatics, IBM Haifa Research Labs, Israel.

      Responsibilities: The successful candidate for the position must be proficient in mathematical model construction and analysis using both analytical and numerical methods, as well as have strong programming and computer science skills. Our current work includes vector-borne microparasitic and neglected macroparasitic models, and the successful candidate will be expected to work with group members and faculty within the Department of Biology, and at Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Center for Research Computing, in analyzing the dynamical properties and simulation of these models. Knowledge and application of data discovery, mining, and data-model assimilation methods will be important, as among key objectives of our work is to apply models to diverse data across the world to improve learning and understanding of disease dynamics, inform effective control and eradication strategies, and guide development of new computing approaches to efficient discovery of models, data and interventions. The candidate will have an opportunity to work with our computation partner, IBM Healthcare Informatics, in developing a cognitive computational application based on machine learning algorithms to implement these methods and tools. We are looking for creative, self-motivated individuals with intellectual ability and aptitude to pursue challenging, computationally and mathematically complex problems in a fast paced research environment.

      Qualifications: Suitable candidates should have completed a PhD or equivalent degree in biomathematics, infectious disease population biology, theoretical physics, or in computer science, with a research experience in mathematical modelling of infectious disease transmission.

      Qualified individuals should send in PDF format a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, and three letters of reference to the search committee chair, Dr. Edwin Michael at eigh@nd.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt of applications and continue until suitable candidates are identified. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit http://hr.nd.edu/employment/working_at_nd.shtml.

  • Postdoctoral Position: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, Rice
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 46 - November 18, 2015

      A postdoctoral position in theoretical biophysics and systems biology is available at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) at Rice University, for a collaborative project between the labs of Ido Golding (CTBP and Baylor college of Medicine, https://www.bcm.edu/research/labs/ido-golding) and Oleg Igoshin (CTBP and Dept. of Bioengineering, Rice University, http://igoshin.rice.edu/). We are looking for a motivated postdoctoral fellow to work with Drs. Golding and Igoshin on understanding stochasticity in cell-fate decisions.

      BRIEF PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
      Binary cell fate choices are a hallmark of biology, from simple bacteria to a developing human embryo. Experimentally, cell decisions often appear unpredictable, and this has been attributed to the inherent stochasticity ("noise") of biochemical processes. But an alternative hypothesis is that this apparent randomness actually reflects the presence of "hidden variables". If these variables were to be unveiled, the cell's behavior will be revealed to be deterministic rather than stochastic. The Golding lab attempts to discover these hidden variables by experimentally probing cell fate choices, and the activity of the underlying gene networks, at the resolution of individual cells and individual molecular events within the cell. The experiments are performed in biological systems of increasing complexity, from bacteria to mammals. The Igoshin lab specializes in theoretical and computational systems biology, with emphasis on evolutionary design principles of biochemical and gene-regulatory networks, in both bacteria and stem cells. In particular, the lab has been interested in understanding the functional requirements of cell-differentiation, and in building mathematical models of the networks that fulfill these requirements. In this new collaboration, the two labs will work together to understand how cell-fate decisions are driven by deterministic and stochastic factors, both within the cell and from the external environment.

      QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
      PhD in science or engineering is required for this position. Candidates with (1) training both in computational approaches and in biological sciences and (2) publications in the field of theoretical biophysics or systems biology are strongly preferred. Strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and English proficiency are also expected. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing analytical and computational models of stochastic cell-fate decisions, based on and tightly coupled to the ongoing experimental endeavors in Golding's lab.

      ABOUT CTBP:
      The Center for Theoretical Biophysics (CTBP, http://ctbp.rice.edu) is one of ten Physics Frontiers Centers established by the National Science Foundation Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. CTBP represents a collaboration between researchers at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston. CTBP encompasses a broad array of research and training activities at the forefront of the biology-physics interface. The center has an exceptional track record of cutting edge research and of placing its alumni into academic positions in top US and foreign schools.

      ABOUT RICE, BAYLOR AND THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER:
      Rice University is consistently ranked as one of the nation's best teaching and research universities. Rice is committed to cutting edge interdisciplinary biological research. It is a home to the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and a PhD Program in Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology (http://sspb.rice.edu). The Department of Bioengineering is ranked among the nation's top 10 bioengineering undergraduate and graduate programs. Rice is situated in the Museum District of Houston, Texas - the fourth largest city in the US. Across the street from Rice campus, Baylor College of Medicine is part of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world.

      CONDITIONS:
      Rice University is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive postdoctoral salary and benefits. The position is open from December 1, 2015 until filled. The initial appointment is for 1 year with renewal upon satisfactory performance.

      APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
      Applicants should submit their CV, contact information for 3 professional references, and a short (less than 2 page) research statement justifying their interest in the position to golding@bcm.edu and igoshin@rice.edu

  • Postdoc: Eco-Devo Multi-level Modelling of "Zombie Plants", Norwich
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      Human Frontiers Postdoctoral Position @ Maree Lab:
      Eco-Devo Multi-level Modelling of "Zombie Plants"

      Traditionally biologists study organisms at separate levels, with few studies linking mechanistic aspects of gene function to the ecological niche of the organism and the environment. In contrast, in this project we aim to make causal connections between the gene function within an organism and the impact of this gene function on the pathogen distributions within whole countries.

      Aster yellows phytoplasmas represent parasites that excel at controlling their plant hosts, dramatically modifying their development, for example by forcing the plant to form leaves instead of flowers. Such modifications in the development not only affect the plant-parasite interaction, but also the interactions between the plant insect vector, for example by increasing plant attractiveness to the insects. Therefore, the plants developmentally become "zombie", they cease to reproduce and allow for the quicker spread of the disease.

      Unravelling these complex interactions requires an eco-devo approach, in which the postdoc will develop a multi-level model to zoom out from the molecular up to the ecological level, to unravel the mechanisms by which gene expression impacts development, changes pathogen, vector and host interactions, and modifies spread of the disease over a whole country. By combining input from molecular biology, developmental biology, and ecology, a predictive model will be developed that links all these levels.

      The full information and possibility to apply can be found here: https://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/vacancies/2015/11/postdoctoral-scientist-1002886/

      Please contact Stan Maree (stan.maree@jic.ac.uk) for further information.

  • Postdoctoral Position: Mathematical Biology, University of Pittsburgh
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      Postdoctoral position in Mathematical Biology

      The Department of Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral position in Mathematical Biology, to begin in the Fall Term 2016, pending budgetary approval. A Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences or a closely related discipline is required. We seek excellence in research and teaching. Salary and benefits are competitive.

      Applicants should submit a vita, three letters of recommendation, a research statement and evidence of teaching accomplishments electronically through http://www.mathjobs.org. Review of completed files will begin on January 4, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

      The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups underrepresented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Postdoctoral Assistant Professor: Applied Math, Temple University
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      Temple University, Department of Mathematics, invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Assistant Professor (non tenure track) in Applied Mathematics with anticipated start date July 2016. The initial appointment would for two years, with the possibility of extension to three years per mutual agreement. The teaching load for the first year is one course per semester, with subsequent teaching duties to be determined.

      See https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/Temple/8093

  • Postdoctoral Position: Machine Learning for Cancer Systems Biology
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      The institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology (iSSB) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral position in the field of machine learning for systems biology.

      See http://bioinformatics.ca/resources/jobs/postdoctoral-position-machine-learning-cancer-systems-biology

  • Postdoc Position: Modeling Population Dynamics, Tick Borne Pathogens
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 44 - November 4, 2015

      POSTDOCTORAL POSITION

      MODELING POPULATION DYNAMICS OF TICK BORNE PATHOGENS

      Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B),
      Columbia University, NY, US

      Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia.

      A post-doctoral position is available in the labs of Maria Diuk-Wasser, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University, New York City.

      The applicant will join a collaborative project with Stephen Davis, Department of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia, to study the influence of pathogen interactions on the emergence of tick-borne diseases in the United States, funded by the joint NSF/NIH Program on Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID). The candidate will develop a range of modeling approaches to study the ecological and evolutionary drivers of the emergence and geographic expansion of tick-borne pathogens, including Babesia microti, an emerging pathogen sharing tick vector and host with Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease agent. Extensive datasets are available from laboratory and field experiments, as well as longitudinal and spatially extensive collections to parameterize and validate the models.

      Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Statistics or a related quantitative field. A background in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, theoretical ecology, spatial modelling or mathematical biology is highly desirable, in addition to having programming, statistical and quantitative skills.

      The successful candidate must be capable of working independently in an interdisciplinary environment and have strong quantitative and writing skills evidenced by publication. Opportunities exist for collaboration with the Mailman School of Public Health, the Earth Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the EcoHealth Alliance.

      To ensure consideration, please submit application by August 7, 2015, but the position will remain open until filled. The position is available immediately for 2 years and the postdoc is expected to travel between NY and Melbourne. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications should include CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be sent to: mad2256@columbia.edu

Faculty and other positions

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  • Lecturer: Mathematical Biology, University of Birmingham
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 05 - February 3, 2016

      Lectureship in Mathematical Biology
      University of Birmingham - School of Mathematics

      Location: Birmingham
      Salary: £38,896 to £52,219
      Hours: Full Time
      Contract Type: Permanent

      Placed on: 21st January 2016
      Closes: 22nd February 2016
      Job Ref: 43152

      Applications are invited for a Lectureship position in the School of Mathematics, in the area of Mathematical Biology.

      The School of Mathematics is looking for someone to join the Mathematical Biology Research Group. The successful candidate will join an energetic and outward-facing group with internationally-recognised strengths in plant biomechanics, microbiology, biological fluid dynamics and healthcare applications. Excellent candidates working in any area of mathematical biology are encouraged to apply.

      The successful candidate will have PhD (or equivalent level) training in mathematical modelling, a first-class research record in mathematical biology, including active multidisciplinary collaboration, and a commitment to teaching, along with excellent communication skills.

      The appointee will be expected to expand or complement present research areas in the School, develop research collaboration inside and outside the School and University, and assist in the design, development and delivery of teaching in Mathematics.

      Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr David Smith (tel. +44 121 414 7374, email d.j.smith.2@bham.ac.uk) or the Head of School, Prof Paul Flavell (tel. +44 121 414 3740, email p.j.flavell@bham.ac.uk).

      Reference: 43152
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  • Systems Biology Informatics Manager: Digital Salmon, NMBU, Ås, Norway
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 05 - February 3, 2016

      Dear list,

      The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences seeks a bioinformatician or systems biologist with skills or interest in ontological annotation, semantic interoperability or knowledge management, for the systems biology of salmon farming. This is a Researcher position of 3 years (with possibility of extension) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway.

      The project "Towards the Digital Salmon: From a reactive to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture (DigiSal https://www.nmbu.no/om/fakulteter/vetbio/institutter/iha/forskning/prosjekter/node/24555)" is part of Digital Life, Norway's first call dedicated to systems biology. Effective management of data and model resources is key in this endeavour, and DigiSal will initiate The Digital Salmon: A knowledge base of salmon genetics and physiology, interfacing closely with complementary databases, repositories, and research infrastructures such as ELIXIR. This knowledge base is a key deliverable of the DigiSal project, and the long-term ambition is that it will enable aquaculture industry to quickly address emerging challenges, quickly reanalysing existing data and identifying knowledge gaps to rapidly acquire required new data.

      Full advertisement: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/121417/systems-biology-informatics-manager-for-the-digital-salmon-refno-16-00453

      Application deadline: Thursday 2016-02-25. Email enquiries welcome: Jon Olav Vik, jonovik@gmail.com.

      Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested!

  • Lectureship, Mathematical Biology/Medicine, Univ of Exeter
    • SMB Digest Vol 17, Issue 03 - January 20, 2016

      The University of Exeter have an opening for a Lectureship (equivalent to Asst Professor) in Mathematical Biology/Medicine. The successful applicant will join the Systems Biomedicine Research Group, one of the most rapidly growing research groups within the Discipline of Mathematics and Computer Science. Comprising 2 Professors, 2 Senior Lecturers, 1 MRC funded Senior Research Fellow and 1 Lecturer, the group hosts the EPSRC funded Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare and the Wellcome Trust ISSF funded Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis. Collectively these activities are underpinned by £6M in research funding which supports 16 postdoctoral researchers and 10 PhD students.

      The position would suit applicants with a background in dynamical systems theory and numerical continuation, complex network analysis, uncertainty quantification or parameter inference, who wish to work at the interface with biology and/or medicine and who have ambitious plans for growing their research profile.

      For further details and how to apply please visit:
      http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AMS648/lecturer-in-mathematical-biology-and-medicine/

      The closing date for applications is February 3rd.

  • Mathematical Biologist: Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard U
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 01 - January 8, 2016

      The Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) at Harvard University is seeking a mathematical biologist to work on interdisciplinary research projects. A strong doctoral record is required. Candidates with excellent quantitative skills should send a research statement, current curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference by email to Katherine Gallagher at katherinegallagher@fas.harvard.edu.

      We highly encourage applications from female and other underrepresented minority candidates. Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

  • Selected NIH Intramural Research and other openings - January 2016
    • SMB Digest Vol 16, Issue 01 - January 8, 2016

      Tenure-Track Investigators
      Independent Research Positions in Epidemiology, NIEHS
      (Review of Applications Begins: January 15)

      The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is recruiting for one or more tenure-track epidemiologists. Successful candidate(s) will be expected to develop an outstanding, investigator-initiated research program in any of the following areas: breast cancer, other cancers and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, early origins of disease, life- course epidemiology, pediatrics, reproduction, or other areas of environmental epidemiology. Biologically-based epidemiological research (including genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics, microbiomics, biomarkers, imaging) and primary data collection are encouraged. Successful candidates should plan to work both independently and as part of multi-disciplinary or collaborative teams. The Branch provides an academic atmosphere with excellent support. Funds are available for research and support staff, including fellows, programmers, and field workers. The Branch has several large, ongoing cohort studies with biological samples that can serve as platforms for additional research. There are opportunities for adjunct appointments at nearby universities and for mentoring pre- and post-doctoral fellows. Position(s) will be filled at the tenure-track level. Time to tenure will vary depending upon research accomplishments; an accelerated timetable is possible for more established exceptional candidates. Salary is "hard money" and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the candidate. Federal benefits apply. Information on the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch can be found at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/epi.

      Candidates should have a doctoral degree and a record of accomplishment in epidemiology, including a strong publication record and research experience. Applications from women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged. Interested persons should submit one combined PDF of their curriculum vitae and a two-page statement of research interests and goals, and also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to Ms. Katherine Fine atdir-appls@niehs.nih.gov citing your name and Vacancy Announcement DIR 15-1 in the subject line. We will begin evaluating complete applications on January 15, 2016. Applications will continue to be accepted until vacancies are filled. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

      Tenure-Track Investigator
      Vaccine Research Center, NIAID
      (Review of Applications Begins: January 22)

      The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is recruiting a tenure-track investigator in the Vaccine Research Center (VRC).

      We are seeking an outstanding individual to develop 1) a vigorous independent program focused on bioinformatics that includes computational biology, with a preference for work related to the development of vaccines and 2) capacity to serve the overall mission of the VRC in vaccine development. This program should work with the VRC's other basic and translational research investigators and their core programs in structural biology, transcriptomics, flow cytometry, and other data management areas. The incumbent will benefit from unique opportunities to interact with other members of the VRC and NIAID who perform basic and translational research on HIV and other infectious diseases.

      The incumbent will have access to state-of-the-art research support on the main NIH campus. Candidates will be assigned independent resources to include laboratory support personnel, equipment, space, and an allocated annual budget for services, supplies, and salaries sufficient to foster success. Additional information about the VRC is available online at www.niaid.nih.gov/about/organization/vrc.

      Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field with extensive postdoctoral experience, as well as a strong publication record demonstrating potential for creative research. The ideal candidate should have broad expertise to develop and support an interrelated approach that integrates computer/information sciences and biological and health sciences-related fields. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full civil service package of benefits (including retirement; health, life, and long-term care insurance; Thrift Savings Plan) is available.

      To apply, submit your curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a detailed statement of how your expertise can contribute to the success of the VRC program (no more than two pages) to Kim Kiehl at kiehlk@mail.nih.gov. Applications will be reviewed starting January 22, 2016, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates may contact Dr. Mario Roederer, Principal Investigator, at Roederer@nih.gov for additional information about this position. Visit Careers at NIAID for more information about NIAID and additional career opportunities. HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers. NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

      The NIH Intramural Research Program
      http://irp.nih.gov/
      http://irp.nih.gov/careers/tenured-and-tenure-track-scientific-careers

      Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows
      https://www.training.nih.gov/
      https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services/jobs

  • Assistant/Associate Professor: Mathematics (Biomathematics)
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 49 - December 9, 2015

      Assistant/Associate Professor of Mathematics (Biomathematics)

      The Department of Mathematics at North Carolina A&T State University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track assistant or associate professorship in Biomathematics available in August 2016. The Department encourages persons from all areas of biomathematics to apply but is particularly interested in areas at the interface of mathematics and biosciences such as mathematical epidemiology, mathematical neurosciences, mathematical modeling of drug delivery and disease intervention/ prevention, mathematical and statistical methods for human genetics and population growth, biomedical imaging processing, stochastic modeling of biological and biomedical processes. The Department of Mathematics seeks candidates to join a growing Department with interactive faculty. The detailed posting of the position can be found at https://jobs.ncat.edu/postings/8967.

      Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15, 2016, and the review will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants must submit the following items via the job posting at https://jobs.ncat.edu/postings/8967: 1) letter of interest (cover letter); 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) legible copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (upload a copy of each transcript under the degree name; original transcripts will be required if hired); 4) statement of teaching philosophy; and 5) statement of research interests and accomplishments.

  • Selected NIH Intramural Research and other openings - December 2015
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 49 - December 9, 2015

      Tenure-Track, Tenure-Eligible Investigator
      Computational Modeling, NIDA
      (Review of Applications Begins: December 28)

      The Intramural Research Program (IRP), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking an outstanding tenure-eligible or tenure-track scientist to develop a research program to use computational models and other tools (e.g. human functional imaging) to complement and expand existing research programs at the NIDA IRP. The successful candidate must possess a doctoral degree in neuroscience, physiology, economics or another relevant field with additional training and emphasis on computational neuroscience, learning and decision-making. Expertise in computational modeling and state of the art imaging techniques and a strong publication record highlighting his/her contributions to elucidating the computational mechanisms underlying brain systems involved in reward learning, cognitive control and decision making is highly desirable. Preference will be given to those with interest in applying computational models to the study of the neurobiology of addiction. In view of the required integrative approach, the successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with other research groups within NIDA - a proven ability to establish and sustain collaborative work is desired. Candidates must submit a CV, a statement of proposed research objectives and goals (3 pages or less), and contact information for 3 potential references to: Joshua Kysiak, Intramural Program Specialist, NIDA IRP, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 200, Room 04A314, Baltimore, Maryland 21224. Telephone 443-740-2465, FAX 443-740-2865, Email: kysiakjo@nida.nih.gov. Review of applications will begin on or about December 28, 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

      Tenure-Track Investigators
      Independent Research Positions in Epidemiology, NIEHS
      (Review of Applications Begins: January 15)

      The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is recruiting for one or more tenure-track epidemiologists. Successful candidate(s) will be expected to develop an outstanding, investigator-initiated research program in any of the following areas: breast cancer, other cancers and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, early origins of disease, life- course epidemiology, pediatrics, reproduction, or other areas of environmental epidemiology. Biologically-based epidemiological research (including genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics, microbiomics, biomarkers, imaging) and primary data collection are encouraged. Successful candidates should plan to work both independently and as part of multi-disciplinary or collaborative teams. The Branch provides an academic atmosphere with excellent support. Funds are available for research and support staff, including fellows, programmers, and field workers. The Branch has several large, ongoing cohort studies with biological samples that can serve as platforms for additional research. There are opportunities for adjunct appointments at nearby universities and for mentoring pre- and post-doctoral fellows. Position(s) will be filled at the tenure-track level. Time to tenure will vary depending upon research accomplishments; an accelerated timetable is possible for more established exceptional candidates. Salary is "hard money" and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the candidate. Federal benefits apply. Information on the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch can be found at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/epi.

      Candidates should have a doctoral degree and a record of accomplishment in epidemiology, including a strong publication record and research experience. Applications from women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged. Interested persons should submit one combined PDF of their curriculum vitae and a two-page statement of research interests and goals, and also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to Ms. Katherine Fine atdir-appls@niehs.nih.gov citing your name and Vacancy Announcement DIR 15-1 in the subject line. We will begin evaluating complete applications on January 15, 2016. Applications will continue to be accepted until vacancies are filled. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

      Tenure-Track Investigator
      Vaccine Research Center, NIAID
      (Review of Applications Begins: January 22)

      The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is recruiting a tenure-track investigator in the Vaccine Research Center (VRC).

      We are seeking an outstanding individual to develop 1) a vigorous independent program focused on bioinformatics that includes computational biology, with a preference for work related to the development of vaccines and 2) capacity to serve the overall mission of the VRC in vaccine development. This program should work with the VRC's other basic and translational research investigators and their core programs in structural biology, transcriptomics, flow cytometry, and other data management areas. The incumbent will benefit from unique opportunities to interact with other members of the VRC and NIAID who perform basic and translational research on HIV and other infectious diseases.

      The incumbent will have access to state-of-the-art research support on the main NIH campus. Candidates will be assigned independent resources to include laboratory support personnel, equipment, space, and an allocated annual budget for services, supplies, and salaries sufficient to foster success. Additional information about the VRC is available online at www.niaid.nih.gov/about/organization/vrc.

      Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field with extensive postdoctoral experience, as well as a strong publication record demonstrating potential for creative research. The ideal candidate should have broad expertise to develop and support an interrelated approach that integrates computer/information sciences and biological and health sciences-related fields. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full civil service package of benefits (including retirement; health, life, and long-term care insurance; Thrift Savings Plan) is available.

      To apply, submit your curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a detailed statement of how your expertise can contribute to the success of the VRC program (no more than two pages) to Kim Kiehl at kiehlk@mail.nih.gov. Applications will be reviewed starting January 22, 2016, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates may contact Dr. Mario Roederer, Principal Investigator, at Roederer@nih.gov for additional information about this position. Visit Careers at NIAID for more information about NIAID and additional career opportunities. HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers. NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

      The NIH Intramural Research Program
      http://irp.nih.gov/
      http://irp.nih.gov/careers/tenured-and-tenure-track-scientific-careers

      Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows
      https://www.training.nih.gov/
      https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services/jobs

      Link to NIH Jobs
      http://www.jobs.nih.gov/

  • Modernizing Graduate Education, Division Director News, IDeA Awards, ..
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 49 - December 9, 2015

      Contents

      --Modernizing Graduate Education

      --Dorit Zuk to Direct Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology

      --Institutional Development Awards in FY 2015

      --Give Input on Strategies to Enhance Diversity in the Physician-Scientist Workforce

      --Funding Opportunity

      See https://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind1512&L=nigms_network&F=&S=&P=66

  • Faculty Positions: Biomedical Data Sciences, University of Virginia
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 47 - November 25, 2015

      I wanted to let you know about a new faculty cluster hiring initiative at the University of Virginia in the area of biomedical data sciences. I'd appreciate it if you could forward the ad to your colleagues and trainees: http://goo.gl/yKKvLl.

      We are interested in faculty candidates that develop innovative computational methods and apply them towards biomedical problems. This year we have 3 tenure-track positions available, at any rank. These positions have the opportunity for appointments in multiple departments in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Medicine, and also affiliation with our pan-University Data Science Institute. There is also another related search ongoing by the Center for Public Health Genomics in bioinformatics and computational biology. I would be happy to answer questions about our search.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor: Mathematical Biology, Oregon State U
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 46 - November 18, 2015

      Oregon State University Department of Mathematics invites candidates to apply for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Mathematical Biology, beginning the fall term of 2016, pending approval of funding (the starting date is negotiable). This will be a fixed term annual appointment with the possibility of a 1-year extension, depending on performance. The Visiting Assistant Professor will work with Dr. Patrick De Leenheer, but is encouraged to find other collaborators on campus to foster interdisciplinary research. Candidates with expertise in ecology, population biology, biochemical reactions, bioreactors, systems biology, within-host virus models, and social networks are particularly encouraged to apply, although applicants with other backgrounds in mathematical biology will receive full consideration.

      Requirements are:
      1. PhD in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or a related field,
      2. Strong analytical skills in ODEs, PDEs, discrete dynamics or dynamical systems,
      3. Highly motivated to pursue interdisciplinary research.

      Applicants must submit the following:
      1. American Mathematical Society cover sheet
      2. Curriculum Vitae
      3. One page statement explaining research interests and research plans
      4. Copies of up to 3 selected publications or manuscripts
      5. At least 3 letters of reference.

      For full consideration all application materials must be submitted via http://www.mathjobs.org/ and received by January 15, 2016 when screening begins. Screening will continue until the position has been filled. OSU is an AA/EOE and actively seeks diversity among its employees and encourages applications from women and minorities.

  • Assistant Professor: Statistics, University of Missouri-Kansas
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 46 - November 18, 2015

      Assistant Professor of Statistics

      The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City seeks applicants for a nine-month, tenure-track assistant professor position in Statistics, to start on August 15, 2016. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Statistics or Biostatistics by August 31, 2016. While all research areas will be considered, statisticians whose research is focused on biostatistics or statistical bioinformatics are especially encouraged to apply.

      Candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and must demonstrate strong potential to succeed in both teaching and research. The selected candidate for this position is expected to contribute to the department's efforts of enhancing collaborative research in the spirit of the University's interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Responsibilities of this position include advising students, conducting research in statistics and/or biostatistics, teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics courses, and providing service to their field, the Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University.

      UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to maintaining a diverse faculty and staff. UMKC recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student population enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and the greater community. In support of this objective, UMKC is committed to recruiting and retaining faculty, staff, and students who will further enrich our campus diversity and making every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success.

      Application Instructions: Applications are only accepted via online submission. To apply, please go to the UMKC job postings website: https://myhr.umsystem.edu/psp/tamext/KCITY/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?SiteId=8 and search for position number 33439. Please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), a teaching statement (and teaching evaluations when available), a research statement, and a list of three references (one of which should address teaching effectiveness) with their full contact information. Please have your references email their recommendation letters directly to the following email account: statfacsearch@umkc.edu

      Deadline: Review of applications will begin December 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Assistant Professor: Numerical Modeling of Hydrologic ..., Utah State
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 46 - November 18, 2015

      Assistant Professor: Numerical Modeling of Hydrologic Systems

      The College of Science at Utah State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2016. This position is part of a cluster hire in water and climate across multiple colleges at Utah State University. Increasing water use and scarcity associated with climate change, population growth, and resource development will alter the quantity, quality, and sustainability of water resources. Our search is focused on Numerical Modeling of Hydrologic Systems. We seek an environmental scientist with expertise in numerical modeling of subsurface flow dynamics at basin- or landscape-scales. Preference will be given to candidates who will develop a research program in one or more of the following focus areas: groundwater recharge, groundwater-climate interactions, simulation of pollutant transport, reactive transport, and/or percolation theory, as these relate to water supply, climate change, environmental remediation, or contaminant flow. The successful candidate will also have the ability to teach upper division undergraduate and graduate level courses, including numerical modeling of environmental systems, numerical methods, numerical algorithms for differential equations, and scientific computing.

      See https://usu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=956 for details.



  • Research Scientist: Computational Bioinformatics/Systems Biology
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 46 - November 18, 2015

      The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is looking for junior and senior scientists to join the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute (BHSAI) [www.BHSAI.org]. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to the BHSAI.

      This opening is for dynamic scientists interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment.

      Responsibilities: 1. Develop and apply computational solutions to biomedical problems involving computational bioinformatics and systems biology approaches. 2. Analyze and model biological networks relevant to infectious diseases, immune responses, and human disorders using a variety of methods such as ordinary/partial differential equations and stochastic simulations. 3. Work simultaneously on multiple projects, involving a diverse and interdisciplinary team of scientists across multiple laboratories.

      The candidate should have a Ph.D. in a related discipline, extensive computational experience, and a strong publication record. PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU HAVE PROVEN COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY EXPERIENCE.

      Foreign nationals are welcome to apply. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is not required. This position is located in Frederick, Maryland.

      Please apply online at careers.hjf.org click "Advanced Search" and enter job number 209457 in the Job Opening ID box.

      The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

  • Positions "Digital Salmon": Informatics, Systems Biologist, CIGENE
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      Systems biology informatics manager for the Digital Salmon - Ref 15/03842
      http://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/118916/systems-biology-informatics-manager-for-the-digital-salmon-ref-15-03842

      We seek a bioinformatician with skills in ontological annotation, semantic interoperability and knowledge management (Researcher, 3 years with possibility of extension). The successful candidate will be central in establishing a knowledge base for the systems biology of farmed salmon, and will work within the Centre for Integrative Genetics (CIGENE) http://www.cigene.no/. http://tinyurl.com/digisal-informatics-manager

      Researcher position - Systems biology of farmed salmon - Ref. 15/03788
      http://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/118917/researcher-position-systems-biology-of-farmed-salmon-ref-15-03788

      The successful applicant will be part of a highly inter-disciplinary group and will focus on mathematical modelling and multivariate analysis for integration of knowledge and data (physiological data and -omics data) from all activities in the project. The main activities will be building and refining models to predict metabolic performance in relation to diet and genotype, and publishing biological insights from these models. http://tinyurl.com/digisal-systems-biologist

      Both positions are part of the project "Towards the Digital Salmon: From a reactive to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture (DigiSal) http://www.nmbu.no/om/fakulteter/vetbio/institutter/iha/forskning/prosjekter/node/24555". Headed by the Centre for Integrative Genetics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and involving multiple partners in academia, industry and abroad, it is part of the large, prestigious national effort, Digital Life Norway http://www.forskningsradet.no/en/Funding/BIOTEK2021/1253973230625, which is the Research Council of Norway's first call dedicated to systems biology.

      Salmon farming is Norway's biggest export industry besides oil, and CIGENE researchers recently headed the sequencing of the salmon genome. This paves the way for large-scale application of systems biology in salmon farming, with industry backing and rich experimental and genomic data.

      Application deadline: Monday 2015-11-23. Email enquiries welcome: Jon Olav Vik, jonovik@gmail.com.

  • Professor/Associate Professor: Bioinformatics, Stellenbosch University
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      Professor/Associate Professor: Bioinformatics
      (Ref. NW01/360/1015)

      Apply online at www.sun.ac.za/english/careers

      Stellenbosch University (SU) is establishing an interfaculty Bioinformatics Division to foster bioinformatics research and thereby provide expertise to its research community utilising next generation "omics" technologies such as DNA sequencing and mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics. Staff of the Division will assist with the development of curricula that will result in a skill set for graduates that will cater for the data/informatics challenges of modern biology. SU has two productive large-scale data generation central analytical facilities, that provide expertise in DNA Sequencing and Mass Spectrometry (Proteomics) as well as a high performance computing cluster.

      See https://www.careers24.com/jobs/adverts/780036-professor-associate-professor-bioinformatics-western-cape/

  • Selected NIH Intramural Research and other openings - November 2015
    • SMB Digest Vol 15, Issue 45 - November 11, 2015

      Tenure-Track, Tenure-Eligible Investigator
      Computational Modeling, NIDA
      (Review of Applications Begins: December 28)

      The Intramural Research Program (IRP), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking an outstanding tenure-eligible or tenure-track scientist to develop a research program to use computational models and other tools (e.g. human functional imaging) to complement and expand existing research programs at the NIDA IRP. The successful candidate must possess a doctoral degree in neuroscience, physiology, economics or another relevant field with additional training and emphasis on computational neuroscience, learning and decision-making. Expertise in computational modeling and state of the art imaging techniques and a strong publication record highlighting his/her contributions to elucidating the computational mechanisms underlying brain systems involved in reward learning, cognitive control and decision making is highly desirable. Preference will be given to those with interest in applying computational models to the study of the neurobiology of addiction. In view of the required integrative approach, the successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with other research groups within NIDA - a proven ability to establish and sustain collaborative work is desired. Candidates must submit a CV, a statement of proposed research objectives and goals (3 pages or less), and contact information for 3 potential references to: Joshua Kysiak, Intramural Program Specialist, NIDA IRP, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 200, Room 04A314, Baltimore, Maryland 21224. Telephone 443-740-2465, FAX 443-740-2865, Email: kysiakjo@nida.nih.gov. Review of applications will begin on or about December 28, 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

      Tenure-Track Investigators
      Independent Research Positions in Epidemiology, NIEHS
      (Review of Applications Begins: January 15)

      The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is recruiting for one or more tenure-track epidemiologists. Successful candidate(s) will be expected to develop an outstanding, investigator-initiated research program in any of the following areas: breast cancer, other cancers and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, early origins of disease, life-course epidemiology, pediatrics, reproduction, or other areas of environmental epidemiology. Biologically-based epidemiological research (including genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics, microbiomics, biomarkers, imaging) and primary data collection are encouraged. Successful candidates should plan to work both independently and as part of multi-disciplinary or collaborative teams. The Branch provides an academic atmosphere with excellent support. Funds are available for research and support staff, including fellows, programmers, and field workers. The Branch has several large, ongoing cohort studies with biological samples that can serve as platforms for additional research. There are opportunities for adjunct appointments at nearby universities and for mentoring pre- and post-doctoral fellows. Position(s) will be filled at the tenure-track level. Time to tenure will vary depending upon research accomplishments; an accelerated timetable is possible for more established exceptional candidates. Salary is "hard money" and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the candidate. Federal benefits apply. Information on the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch can be found at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/epi.

      Candidates should have a doctoral degree and a record of accomplishment in epidemiology, including a strong publication record and research experience. Applications from women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged. Interested persons should submit one combined PDF of their curriculum vitae and a two-page statement of research interests and goals, and also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to Ms. Katherine Fine atdir-appls@niehs.nih.gov citing your name and Vacancy Announcement DIR 15-1 in the subject line. We will begin evaluating complete applications on January 15, 2016. Applications will continue to be accepted until vacancies are filled. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

      Below are positions which may still be accepting applications, listed by the most recent. We leave these posted for a few additional months past soft closing date.

      Chief
      Biostatistics Branch, NCI-DCEG

      The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute is recruiting an accomplished, senior scientist to serve as Chief of its Biostatistics Branch (BB). DCEG scientists carry out a comprehensive program of research on the environmental and genetic causes of cancer, with a strong emphasis on molecular epidemiology. BB scientists play an integral role in the design, analysis and interpretation of DCEG studies, conduct independent statistical and computational research on methods for such studies, conduct selected epidemiologic studies, improve methods for gathering and analyzing epidemiologic, clinical and laboratory data, and train pre- and post-doctoral fellows and others in biostatistics and descriptive epidemiology.

      The Branch Chief directs an intramural research program, provides leadership and facilitates research activities of Branch scientists, and plans and directs independent statistical and computational research. In addition to overseeing the administrative management of the Branch, responsibilities include supervising staff members, mentoring tenure track investigators and post doctoral fellows, and ensuring the scientific quality of the Branch research portfolio. The Chief also plays a major role in ensuring the epidemiologic and methodologic rigor of research across DCEG. BB currently has a staff of 24 scientists, including 11 tenured or tenure track independent investigators, and additional recruitments are anticipated. Resources available to BB include contract support for computer programming and for epidemiologic field studies and access to large general population and specialized occupational and environmental cohort studies as well as extensive molecular epidemiology data.

      The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree in biostatistics, statistics or a related field. He or she must demonstrate knowledge of epidemiologic and statistical methods and ability to: (1) conduct high-quality original research using mathematical and biostatistical approaches; (2) publish such work in peer-reviewed scientific or medical journals and present it at scientific meetings; and (3) have evidence of national/international recognition for research contributions. The candidate must also demonstrate administrative experience, including supervision and scientific management.

      The Chief, Biostatistics Branch, will be eligible for a tenured appointment at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) will be provided. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and bibliography, a brief summary of research interests and accomplishments, scientific administrative experience, copies of up to five publications or preprints, and the names and addresses of three references to: Ms. Catherine McClave; Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute; 9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 7E-440; Bethesda, MD 20892-9774; e-mail: mcclavec@mail.nih.gov. Applications received by October 1, 2015, will be considered for a first round of interviews, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

      Also see:

      "Tenure-Track Positions at the NIH" (Scientists Committed to Science),
      Presented by: Dr. Roland Owens and Dr. Charles Dearolf, Assistant Directors,
      NIH Office of Intramural Research
      http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=14202&bhcp=1

      The NIH Intramural Research Program
      http://irp.nih.gov/
      http://irp.nih.gov/careers/tenured-and-tenure-track-scientific-careers

      Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows
      https://www.training.nih.gov/
      https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services/jobs

      Link to NIH Jobs
      http://www.jobs.nih.gov/

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