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Studentships

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  • PhD Position: Inverse Problems for Cell Motility, U Sussex
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      PhD studentship on the development of inverse problems for cell motility; parameter fitting and optimisation

      The School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

      The project
      This is an exciting PhD position supported by the Leverhulme Trust to undertake cutting-edge research on the development, analysis and simulations of inverse problems for cell motility.

      The studentship is embedded in a larger research project that seeks to unravel a new theoretical and computational framework for 3D cell migration by coupling internal and cell-surface dynamics and modelling cell interaction with its environment. The student will develop, analyse and simulate inverse models associated with cell migration (e.g. cell tracking in 2 and 3 dimensions). There are a host of mathematical and computational issues associated with inverse problems such as their well-posedness, proving existence and uniqueness of solutions. There are computational challenges such as storage of time-evolution numerical data, stability, convergence and performance of the algorithms.

      The successful candidate will join a research team with world-leading expertise in partial differential equations and will interact closely with experimentalists and industrialists. They will benefit from interactions within a team of faculty mathematicians, postdocs and PhD students.

      Award amount
      3 years of maintenance bursary at 13863 GBP per year, and a waiver of UK/EU fees.

      Eligibility
      UK/EU students are eligible.

      Overseas (ex-EU) students may apply, but are required to pay higher fees - this is a UK Government requirement. Applicants must state how they would fund the remaining fees. We regret we have no means to fund the additional fees ourselves.

      Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, a UK Bachelor Honours degree at first class, or a Master's degree at Distinction. Equivalent non-UK qualifications will be accepted. Qualifications should be in the following disciplines: Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Applied Mathematics or related areas.

      Application procedure
      Apply through the Sussex on-line portal:
      http://www.sussex.ac.uk/pgapplication (2014 admission)

      State in the Other Information / Funding section that you are applying for the "Leverhulme studentship on the Development of Inverse Problems for Cell Motility with Dr Anotida Madzvamuse".

      Upload your CV, details of two referees, transcripts of marks from your degree(s), and a personal statement. The statement (750 words maximum) should outline your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the PhD, and your research experience.

      After you have completed your application, send an email to Dr Madzvamuse ( a.madzvamuse@sussex.ac.uk ) to confirm you have applied.

      Timetable
      The award will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate can be found.

      Last possible date for applications: 21 August 2014. Arrival and registration date at Sussex: 18 September 2014. Start date of the studentship (first payment): 01 October 2014.

      Further information
      This project will be supervised by Dr Anotida Madzvamuse, with additional supervision by Dr Vanessa Styles and Dr Chandrasekhar Venkataraman.

      Profiles:
      Dr Madzvamuse: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/136962
      Dr Styles: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/16495
      Dr Venkataraman: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/203407

      The successful applicant will be encouraged to take on a manageable quantity of teaching, with the agreement of the main supervisor. Separate payment will be made, and a short training course provided.

      Contact details
      All academic enquiries should be directed to Dr Madzvamuse (a.madzvamuse@sussex.ac.uk)
      Enquiries about the application and admissions process should be directed to the Research & Enterprise Coordinator (phd@maths.sussex.ac.uk)

  • PhD Position: PharMetrX: Pharmacometrics..., Berlin/Potsdam
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 29 - July 16, 2014

      PhD research fellowship: Pharmacometrics & Computational Disease Modelling

      The Graduate Research Training Program PharMetrX: Pharmacometrics & Computational Disease Modelling is an interdisciplinary PhD program bridging pharmacy and mathematics. PharMetrX offers its graduate students a unique opportunity to experience research in drug development and optimising drug therapy jointly within academia and industry.

      The PhD program is designed as a 3-year research program including a structured research training curriculum of advanced academic and industrial modules and a competitive research fellowship.

      We are currently inviting applications to start the PharMetrX PhD program in March 2015. Deadline for applications: September 15th, 2014. For details see https://www.PharMetrX.de.

      PharMetrX is a joint program of the Freie Universitat Berlin and the Universitat Potsdam, supported by several research-driven pharmaceutical companies.

      Charlotte Kloft & Wilhelm Huisinga
      Program Chairs

  • PhD Position: Computational Systems Biology, Uppsala U, Sweden
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 27 - July 3, 2014

      One PhD student position is available, to work in the group of Andreas Hellander, Division of Scientific Computing, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

      Description of the subject area:
      The overall objective of the project is to develop methods for efficient and flexible simulation of (spatial) stochastic models of biochemical reactions. The application area is molecular systems biology and the aim of the research is to develop methods to understand how e.g. gene regulation is controlled on a molecular level. The group (www.andreashellander.se) participates in national and international software projects (www.urdme.org, www.pyurdme.org, www.stochss.org) and in the computational systems biology project at the Division of Scientific Computing. (http://www.it.uu.se/research/project/csbio).

      Job assignment:
      To develop computational methods for simulation of molecular control systems, in particular methods that account for the multiscale properties of such models. To participate in the development of computational software based on the developed methods.

      For more information and for instructions for how to apply, see http://www.uu.se/en/join-us/jobs-detail-page/?positionId=40073

      The salary is approximately 24000 SEK/month.

      Application deadline: Aug 31, 2014.

      For more information, contact Andreas Hellander, andreas.hellander@it.uu.se

  • PhD Position: Saliva Secretion Multiscale Modeller, U Auckland
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      A PhD scholarship is available, to work in the group of James Sneyd, University of Auckland, New Zealand. This scholarship is funded by a grant from the NIH (NIDCR) and pays stipend and fees, at rates commensurate with other PhD students in New Zealand.

      The project is the construction and analysis of a multiscale model of saliva secretion, including the calcium dynamics of exocrine epithelial cells, water transport in parotid acinar and duct cells, and the use of Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods for data fitting. The research is in collaboration with the laboratory of David Yule (U. Rochester, New York).

      The successful applicant will have a high-quality degree in applied mathematics, engineering, bioengineering, physics, chemistry, or physiology, or some equivalent experience. Experience with computational methods is essential.

      For more information about Auckland, visit http://www.aucklandnz.com.

      To apply, email your cv and transcript, and a brief statement about your research interests and experience, to James Sneyd (j.sneyd@auckland.ac.nz).

  • PhD Position/Post-docs: Infectious/Foodborne Diseases, Cornell
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Two Post-doctoral and one PhD student positions available at Cornell University:

      Two of my post docs are moving to faculty positions and one to the Pharmaceutical industry; thus I am seeking two post docs and one PhD student to join my research group.

      My research focuses on mathematical, statistical and economic modeling of infectious and foodborne diseases. The goal of my research is to optimize intervention strategies (health and management) in food supply systems.

      Depending on the applicant's background and interest the postdoc/PhD student could focus on any particular area or combinations of the following: 1) mathematical modeling of infectious diseases (e.g., Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and M. bovis (bovine tuberculosis or bTB) transmission in agricultural systems); 2) system dynamic modeling of antimicrobial resistance in food animal systems; and 3) optimizing milk quality in dairy farms. Please see the most recent references to each of these projects: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/popmed/bios/grohn.cfm

      I would like to encourage individuals with a background in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and/or population biology/analytical epidemiology/economics to apply. Knowledge of Bayesian methods would be a plus. Computer and mathematical expertise and a strong interest in infectious diseases are required.

      Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and the names and contact information of two referees to Yrjo Grohn ytg1@cornell.edu

      Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions are available starting September 1st 2014.

  • PhD Position: Multi-scale Control..., Imperial College London
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      PhD Studentship in the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

      "Mathematical modelling of multi-scale control mechanisms for skin barrier homeostasis"

      We invite applications for a PhD studentship in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. A stipend and home/EU fees for 3 years will be awarded to the successful candidate. Overseas applicants can apply but have to show the evidence that the difference between the overseas fees and home/EU fees can be covered by other funding.

      This project aims to identify fundamental regulatory mechanisms of skin barrier homeostasis, which is the result of regulations across different spatio-temporal scales, including differentiation, cornification, protein interactions and gene regulation. The PhD student will develop mathematical tools and frameworks, based on deep understanding of biology behind combined with systems and control perspective, to provide a unified and practically applicable mechanistic model to elucidate how the deregulation of the mechanisms leads to skin disease such as atopic dermatitis. This is a collaborative project with RIKEN IMS Centre for Integrative Medical Sciences.

      More information on research activities in Dr Tanaka's group on biological control is found in http://www.bg.ic.ac.uk/research/r.tanaka.

      Applicants should have a high calibre Masters degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant area to undertake the mathematical modelling part of this project. Strong biological background is desired. Experience in modelling and analysis of biological systems and expertise in modelling with differential equations and numerical methods are preferable. We look for highly motivated applicants with excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and enthusiasm for exposure to a diversity of scientific projects. The PhD will involve close interactions with biological collaborators.

      For further details of the post contact Dr Reiko Tanaka (r.tanaka@imperial.ac.uk). Interested applicants should send a current curriculum vitae and research statement to Dr Tanaka by e-mail.

      Closing date: Applications are dealt on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

      Start date: As soon as possible or latest December 2014

  • PhD Position: Comp Biol, Hemholtz Centre for..., Germany
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 23 - June 3, 2014

      PhD Position in Computational Biology

      The group of Systems Biology for Infectious Diseases and Aging at Helmholtz Centre for infection Research Braunschweig, Germany (http://www.helmholtz-hzi.de/en/) invites applications for a full-time PhD position in the area of mathematical modelling and computational biology. The successful candidate will receive a stipendship for 3 years.

      Major duties:
      -Develop mathematical models describing viral infection using deterministic models, stochastic models, compartmental models, and agent-based models.
      -Develop novel control strategies to treat viral infections (i.e., optimal control and nonlinear control).
      -Publish research findings in scientific journals and present them at major scientific meetings.

      Qualifications:
      -A bachelor/MSc degree in a quantitatively-oriented field, such as control engineering, theoretical physics, computer science or applied mathematics.
      -Excellent command of English
      -Knowledge in analytical and quantitative methods, including deterministic differential equations, nonlinear dynamics, probability and stochastic processes.
      -Experience in Matlab, C or C++, and LaTex
      -Knowledge of immunology and infectious diseases, especially HIV and influenza is a plus.

      Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of application, outlining their interest in the position, along with their curriculum vitae which should include the names and contact details of three referees, to Esteban.Vargas@helmholtz-hzi.de

      Positions are open until filled. The planned start date is November 2014. Please note that, due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

  • PhD Position: Evolutionary Theory, Uppsala U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 22 - May 28, 2014

      A 4-year Ph.D. position in evolutionary theory is available in the research group of Dr. Claus Rueffler at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (http://www.ebc.uu.se/) in Uppsala, Sweden. Starting date 1st of September 2014, or as agreed upon.

      Deadline for applications: 2014-06-30

      Project:
      Potential projects include:
      (i) How do ecological and developmental factors affect the potential for division of labor among individuals within groups and among parts within an individual?
      (ii) How does organismal and environmental complexity affect the potential for the adaptive evolution of biological diversity? Detailed research plans will be developed in collaboration with the successful candidate, and tailored to match her/his individual interests and strengths.

      Qualification:
      Potential candidates have one of the following backgrounds: (a) a master degree (or your national equivalent) in evolutionary biology with a strong interest in theoretical approaches and a serious willingness to develop their mathematical skills, (b) a master degree in mathematics, theoretical physics or computer science with a serious interest in evolutionary biology.
      Proficiency in English is a requirement.

      Duties:
      The postgraduate training comprises four years of full time studies. The successful candidate will receive a PhD position, which entitles the holder to full social benefits. The position can be combined with up to 20% of teaching assistantship, which will then prolong the position accordingly.

      The environment:
      The Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC, http://www.ebc.uu.se/) is one of the world's leading research institutions in evolutionary biology. The working atmosphere is truly international with a regular recruitment of PhD students and post-docs from abroad. The EBC is part of Uppsala University - the oldest university in Scandinavia - which has approximately 40.000 students and has been top ranked among European Universities in the subject of biology (CHE European ranking). Our lab is part of the Department of Ecology and Genetics (http://www.ebc.uu.se/Research/IEG/) that excels in many aspects of ecology, genetics and evolution and offers an inspiring international atmosphere. Uppsala University also hosts the Center of Interdisciplinary Mathematics (http://www.math.uu.se/CIM) that supports research in several areas of biomathematics.
      The city of Uppsala is a vibrant college town less than an hour's train ride away from Stockholm (and even closer to the Arlanda international airport) with beautiful and easy accessible surroundings.

      How to apply:
      The application should include (1) a letter describing your research interests and motivation for PhD studies, (2) a short description of your education, research interests and research experience, (3) a CV and (4) the names and contact information (address, e-mail address, and phone number) of two reference persons. Furthermore, the application should include (5) an authorized copy of your MSc degree (if already available at time of application) and (6) relevant publications (including MSc thesis). The application must be written in English.

      Use the link below to access the application form: http://www.uu.se/en/jobs/jobs-detail-page/?positionId=38367

      Feel free to address informal inquiries to Claus Rueffler (claus.rueffler[at]ebc.uu.se).

  • PhD Positions: Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Spain
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 19 - May 8, 2014

      International Call for PhD Students

      BCAM, the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (www.bcamath.org ) whose mission is to develop high quality interdisciplinary research in the frontiers of Applied Mathematics, has opened an International Call offering up to 7 PhD positions in the following topics:
      -Reliable Finite Element Simulations
      -Mathematical Modelling in Biosciences
      -Fluid Mechanics
      -Quantum Mechanics
      -Statistical Physics
      -PDEs, Control and Numerics
      -Kinetic Equations

      Applications must be submitted on-line at:

      http://www.bcamath.org/en/research/job

      Deadline for submission: June 2nd 2014, 17:00 CET

      We kindly ask you to distribute this call among colleagues and potential candidates. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information at recruitment@bcamath.org

  • Master in Systems and Synthetic Biology: U d'Evry-Val-d'Essonne
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 18 - April 29, 2014

      Online applications to the Master in Systems and Synthetic Biology (mSSB) are open until 9 June 2014 (second round of applications). To find out more about mSSB, please visit our website http://www.mssb.fr

      Applicants may come from Universities or from Engineering schools after a first year of master (M1), or an equivalent qualification, in Life Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry and Physical Sciences. Bi-disciplinary cursus including Biology is favoured, but highly-achieving and motivated students in any of the cited disciplines can apply. Following this M2 Master, several PhD programs are possible on site. Research trainings are also proposed in Europe (England, Germany, Switzerland, Spain) and in the US.

  • Graduate positions: Mathematical&Popu. genetics, McGill U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 17 - April 22, 2014

      Graduate student positions in mathematical and population genetics are available in Simon Gravel's group at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The group focuses on creating mathematical and statistical methods to understand human history and evolution through the analysis of high-throughput genomic data. Students will be involved in conceptual methods development, implementation, and applications to exciting datasets. This is unique opportunity to be involved in work that is relevant and interesting from a mathematical, medical, and historical perspectives.

      We welcome applications from qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds, including biology, anthropology, mathematics, physics, computer science, and related fields.

      The position offers an exceptional opportunity for collaborative research in a quantitative and theoretical lab with access to cutting-edge data. McGill?s Department of Human Genetics, the Genome Quebec Innovation Center, and the numerous nearby institutes in downtown Montreal provide a thriving research environment.

      Applications and queries should be sent to gravellab@gmail.com. Please include a statement of interest (1 page), a CV with a list of publications, contact information for three references, and a low-resolution scan of official transcripts.

Postdoctoral positions

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  • Post-doc: Bulk-surface PDEs for Cell Motility, U Sussex
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      Research Fellow in Mathematics (Fixed Term) Ref 737
      School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
      Department of Mathematics
      Fixed term for 3 years, full time
      Salary range: starting at 30,728 GBP and rising to 36,661 GBP per annum. It is normal to appoint at the first point of the salary scale.
      Closing date for applications: 21 August 2014
      Expected start date: 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter

      Description
      Development, analysis and simulation of bulk-surface PDEs for cell motility

      We seek to hire a highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Fellow within our research group on a fixed term 3 years full time position starting September 2014. This is a highly desirable position supported by the Leverhulme Trust research project grant (RPG-2014-149: Unravelling new mathematics for 3D cell migration) to undertake cutting-edge research on the development, analysis and simulations of bulk-surface partial differential equations for cell motility. Modelling 3D cell motility is an emerging open-frontier research problem spanning several disciplines such as mathematics, numerical analysis, scientific computing, image analysis, cell biology, plant biology, developmental biology and biophysics. Hence the aim of this fellowship is to unravel new 3D whole-cell mathematical and computational models for cell migration through coupling of internal cell dynamics (in the bulk) to cell-surface dynamics as well as modelling how cells interact with their environment. Key to this development is the understanding of the geometric quantities describing 3D cell shape and movement as well as the molecular biology underpinning cell movement and deformation.

      The fellowship provides full support that includes salary and support for research activities. The successful candidate will benefit from interactions with leading applied mathematicians within the Department of Mathematics. The prospective candidate will also interact closely with experimentalists and industrialists as well as eminent mathematicians with expertise in coupling geometric partial differential equations for cell motility, morphology and pattern formation. The candidate will pursue independent research in a fast emerging critical field of research and will acquire advanced mathematical and computational techniques in areas such as differential geometry, biophysics, cell motility, developmental biology, numerical analysis and scientific computing and algorithm development.

      Prospective candidates should hold a PhD in Numerical Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Computational Biology and/or other related disciplines.
      Candidates should include with their application the following:
      Academic CV
      Official academic transcripts
      Contact details for two suitable referees
      A personal statement (500 words maximum) outlining their suitability for the position and research experience to date relevant to the project. Application form
      Enquiries: All enquiries should be directed to Dr Anotida Madzvamuse (a.madzvamuse@sussex.ac.uk) and/or Dr Vanessa Styles (v.styles@sussex.ac.uk).

      Further details can be found at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/737

      Application
      Please send completed application form by email to: mpsrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

      When emailing your application please use the following format in the 'subject' line: (post reference number / post title / your name). If you are applying for more than one post advertised by the University, please send a separate email and application form for each post. Please attach your completed application form and any other documents directly to the email rather than using a web-based upload / weblink service (e.g. SkyDrive) otherwise we may not receive your application due to incompatibility with our email software.

      Or post to: Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

      Applications should be received by midnight on the closing date.

  • Post-docs: Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, U Munster
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      The Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence (CiM) is offering Postdoctoral Fellowships in any research area represented in CiM for the development and implementation of individual research projects. The fellowship covers a TV L 13-position for 2 years (extendable to a third year) plus 12.000 EUR per year to cover consumables and travel costs. Research projects should be developed together with the host laboratory; see www.cells-in-motion.com for research areas and associated PIs.

      Research fields relevant to the CiM-cluster include biophysical aspects of cell dynamics, cell-cell and/or cell-matrix interactions, cell migration and /or differentiation, mathematical modelling of biological systems, protein and/or lipid biochemistry and biophysics, intracellular dynamics, and high resolution optical and non-optical imaging to study cell biology.

      Excellent researchers with not more than 2 years postdoctoral experience and a capacity for teamwork are invited to submit their CV, list of publications and the completed application form to cim.careers@uni-muenster.de by 30 September 2014. Only applications using the template provided on our website (download here) will be considered, each applicant can submit only one application. A letter of support written by the head of the host CiM lab is mandatory. We encourage interested researchers to contact their favored host labs as soon as possible for detailed discussion of the research project.

      The Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence uniquely merges existing excellence at the University of Munster in cell biology and molecular imaging and integrates internationally visible interdisciplinary networks between the medical, natural sciences and mathematical faculties as well as the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine.

      The University of Munster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferably considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

      The University of Munster has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Foundation. The University is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.

      The University of Munster offers a Dual Career Service. Information can be obtained from http://www.uni-muenster.de/en/research/dualcareer.html.

      For more information about the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence please visit our website at www.cells-in-motion.com. Contact: Careers in Motion Centre, Dr. Julia Meskauskas, cim.careers@uni-muenster.de.

  • Post-doc: Microbial Ecology, France
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 29 - July 16, 2014

      A post-doctoral position is available for two years, on the following project, "Dynamics of yeasts and lactic acid bacteria interactions in sourdoughs ecosystems". The postdoctoral researcher will work in collaboration with two research groups, one located in Montpellier, the other in Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

      Project
      The community dynamics of an ecological niche is driven both by selection and by complementation interaction between organisms. These interactions have been studied extensively for social organisms, or host-parasites interactions. Microbial species interactions in food-processing systems have drawn less attention. Sourdough, which includes less than ten species according to published studies, appears as a relatively simple model for studying positive and negative interactions. In sourdoughs, Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) and yeasts are always found together suggesting ecological facilitation between these prokayotes and eukaryotes. By contrast, within LAB and within yeasts, we observe a dominant species suggesting that competition drives the dynamics of the species diversity. The post-doctoral fellow will conduct experimental and mathematical modeling studies to understand: i) how yeast species and LAB species interact during the fermentation process; and ii) whether yeasts and LAB associations enhance the resilience of the sourdough community to the colonization by the commercial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The dynamics of sourdough ecosystems and its resilience to commercial yeast will be analysed both experimentally by microbial community monitoring and mathematically by modelling population dynamics in sourdough microbial community.

      Requirements
      The successful candidate will have a PhD in ecology or microbiology and will demonstrate interest and abilities for both experimental and theoretical work. Ideally, the candidate will have skills in microbiology, mathematical modeling of systems dynamics, statistical analysis and R programming. He/she will also show enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and ability to communicate effectively with other scientists at the interface of empirical and theoretical studies.

      Research environment
      The position is funded by a French interdisciplinary project untitled "Diversity and interactions in a low-input 'Wheat/Human/Sourdough' agro-food ecosystem: toward a better understanding of bakery sustainability" (Project ANR BAKERY, 2014-2018). This project includes eight academic partners with complementary skills (bio-mathematics, plant genetics, microbiology, sociology, centre for genetic resources managements) as well as bakers and farmers/bakers. The experimental part of the post-doctoral project will be carried out in the research group "Yeasts diversity and adaptation to anthropic environment" on the Supagro campus in Montpellier (http://www6.montpellier.inra.fr/spo_eng/Presentation) and the modeling part will be done in the research group "Fundamental Quantitative Genetics" in Gif-sur-Yvette (http://moulon.inra.fr/index.php/en/team/genetique-quantitative-fondamentale). The candidate will share his/her time between both locations according to personal convenience and scientific queries.

      Terms Full time contract for 24 months. The salary varies depending on the candidate experience. Starting date: from October 2014

      Application and Contacts
      For application, please send a short CV including a description of past and present research activities, a motivation letter and the contact details of at least two referees. Application and informal enquiries should be sent to Delphine Sicard (sicard@supagro.inra.fr) and Judith Legrand (judith.legrand@moulon.inra.fr).

  • Post-doc: Modeling...Mosquito-vectored Diseases, NC State U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 29 - July 16, 2014

      Postdoc: Modeling Population Dynamics and Genetics of Mosquito-vectored diseases
      North Carolina State University, with Fred Gould and Alun Lloyd

      PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Dengue is a mosquito-vectored disease that affects over 100 million people each year. With funding from the NIH and Gates Foundation, we have developed a set of mathematical models ranging from simple to complex, aimed at assisting the design and deployment of novel approaches for suppressing transmission of dengue by its major mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti. We are especially interested in evaluating the potential utility of, as well as risks associated with, using genetically engineered, selfish genetic elements to drive genes into mosquito populations that render them incapable of transmitting dengue fever. Our work also extends to models relevant to suppressing malaria.

      Our most detailed model simulates the population dynamics and population genetics of Ae. aegypti in a city on the Amazon river, Iquitos, for which there are rich data sets on both mosquito dynamics and dengue epidemiology. An accompanying epidemiological model is currently under development. Both are coded in C++.

      We are just completing a large-scale experiment in Iquitos to both test the model and collect data that can be used to improve the parameterization of all Ae. aegypti models. In the experiment, the mosquito population in one area of the city is suppressed and then allowed to return to normal densities. Although our population dynamics model and many others have been tested to determine if they predict equilibrium dynamics, a much more stringent test is to determine if they can predict response to a perturbation. Following a transition period interfacing with our current postdoc, the new postdoc will assume responsibility for leading the analysis of these data and will further develop the model to examine the dynamic behavior and efficacy of a set of novel transgenic and non-transgenic approaches for manipulating the mosquito population. These innovative technologies and strategies are being developed by our colleagues, so empirical data on small field tests will be available. We are also building simple spatial and non-spatial, deterministic models as heuristic tools for better understanding basic principles.

      In addition to working on model development and analysis, and on comparisons between model and data, the person in this position will collaborate in an interdisciplinary research group composed of mosquito ecologists, disease epidemiologists, molecular biologists, biomathematicians, ethicists, and scientists from disease-endemic countries, in efforts to develop novel transgenic strategies for disease reduction. The person in this position will have the opportunity to spend time in Iquitos to better understand the system being modeled. Desirable skills include the ability to program in C++ or knowledge of a related programming language, statistical experience, particularly in parameter estimation and evaluation of performance of mechanistic models.

      For more details on the project see the following publications:

      Magori, K., M. Legros, M. Puente, D. A. Focks, T. W. Scott, A. Lloyd, F. Gould. 2009. Skeeter Buster: a stochastic, spatially-explicit modeling tool for studying Aedes aegypti population replacement and population suppression strategies. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 3(9): e508.
      doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000508

      Gould, F., Huang, Y., Legros, M., Lloyd, A. L. 2008. A killer-rescue system for self-limiting gene drive of anti-pathogen constructs. Proc. Royal. Soc. Lond. B. 275:2823-2829.

      Xu, C., Legros, M., Gould, F, Lloyd, A. L. 2010. Understanding Uncertainties in Model-Based Predictions of Aedes aegypti Population Dynamics. PLoS Negl. Trop. Dis. 4(9): e830.
      doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000830

      Huang, Y., Lloyd, A.L., Legros, M., Gould, F. 2010. Gene-drive into insect populations with age and spatial structure: a theoretical assessment. Evol. Appl. ISSN 1752-4571.

      Okamoto K. W., M. A. Robert, A. L. Lloyd, F. Gould. 2013. A reduce and replace strategy for suppressing vector-borne diseases: Insights from a stochastic, spatial model. PLoS ONE 8(12): e81860.
      doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081860

      To apply: email a cover letter and CV to Fred_Gould@ncsu.edu and Alun_Lloyd@ncsu.edu

  • Post-doc: Statistical Analysis, Ancient DNA Data, U Copenhagen
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 28 - July 9, 2014

      Postdoctoral Fellowships in Statistical Analysis of Ancient DNA Data
      Two-year postdoctoral fellowships are available jointly at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and the Bioinformatics Centre, Department of Biology. The positions are open until filled and will be available from Nov 1, 2014, or as soon after.

      Background: The Genomic History of Denmark
      The positions are part of the University of Copenhagen's dedicated 2016-program in the genomic history of Denmark. The aim of the project is to map the country's evolutionary, demographic and health history -- from the earliest settlers to modern times -- mainly through high-throughput next generation sequencing data. The project is highly interdisciplinary and involves researchers from many departments. The positions are in the groups of Professor Carsten Wiuf at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Associate professor Anders Albrechtsen at the Bioinformatics Center. The candidate will also be affiliated the GeoGenetics Center at the university, where the data will be produced.

      Job Specification and Qualifications
      The candidate will work with development and application of statistical techniques for the analysis of mainly fossil DNA sequence data. In particular, the candidate is expected to be familiar with multivariate analysis and some of the statistical tools for analysing sequence data, for example, Markov chains, the coalescent and diffusion processes. Some experience in handling large data sets, in particular sequencing data, and in programming would be essential.
      The candidate is expected to be able to work independently, and share knowledge and results in a team. Depending on the skills and interests of the candidate, some flexibility in the tasks is possible.

      Requirements
      The candidate should hold a PhD in statistics, mathematics, bioinformatics or similarly field of study. The candidate should have a proven publication record in internationally recognised journals.

      Information and Application
      For enquiries, contact Carsten Wiuf (wiuf@math.ku.dk, http://www.math.ku.dk/~wiuf) or Anders Albrechtsen (albrecht@binf.ku.dk). For information about the GeoGenetics Center, see http://geogenetics.ku.dk/.
      To apply, send an email to Carsten Wiuf or Anders Albretchsen with a cover letter about your reasons to apply, CV and publication list. In addition you should provide 2-3 names of agreed references.

  • Post-doc: Theoretical Evolutionary Biology, Western U, Canada
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 27 - July 3, 2014

      POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW IN THEORETICAL EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

      Department of Applied Mathematics

      Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

      Start date: September 2014 (flexible/negotiable)

      Term: 2 years (subject to satisfactory progress)

      Salary: 45,000 to 50,000 CAD p.a.

      DESCRIPTION
      Research in theoretical evolutionary biology at Western tackles problems in both experimental evolution and sociobiology (see www.apmaths.uwo.ca/~lwahl and www.apmaths.uwo.ca/~gwild for greater detail). We are hiring a post-doctoral fellow interested in modeling evolution as it occurs in both laboratory experiments, and field settings.

      The successful candidate will be expected to carry out both independent and collaborative research, and will mentor graduate students in the group. The successful candidate may also apply for sessional teaching positions (one term per year) in order to supplement his/her income and gain teaching experience, if so desired (subject to departmental approval).

  • Post-doc: Biophysics/Computational Systems Biology, Rice U
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 27 - July 3, 2014

      A Postdoctoral Positions in Computational Systems Biology are available in the laboratory of Prof. Igoshin in the Dept of Bioengineering at Rice University. We are looking for motivated postdoctoral fellows to work on several projects in the group. Our group specializes in computational systems biology with emphasis in evolutionary design principles and the characterization of biochemical networks, pattern formation in bacterial biofilms, and genetic networks in bacterial and stem cell development. Current funding comes from both NIH and NSF. Two current projects available in the group are briefly described below however motivated postdoctoral fellows may be able to pick their own direction as long as its aligns with groups research interests. Please visit http://igoshin.rice.edu/ or contact Prof. Igoshin for more information.

      PROJECTS:
      1) A key property of living cells is their ability to react to internal or external stimuli with specific biochemical responses. Bacteria have evolved to sense and rapidly adapt to environmental stimuli by changes in gene expression. Many molecular details of stress response networks regulating these responses have been uncovered for many model bacteria. However, we still lack network-level knowledge of these responses across species, which is necessary to obtain a deeper understanding of cellular functions and to best apply results obtained with model bacteria to bacterial species that are poorly characterized or cannot be cultured in a laboratory. In this project we are focusing on two of the common basic building blocks of bacterial stress-response network to explore how network organization affects the physiologically relevant dynamical properties.
      2) In recent years the ubiquity of microbial communities in nature has become apparent: for instance, most bacteria related to human diseases are associated with biofilms. However, it is still not clear how individual cells self-organize in these communities and how community as a whole responds to environmental cues. This project aims to discover the mechanisms of self-organization in dynamic single-species biofilms (swarms). In these swarms, bacteria display collective surface motility, cooperatively sense the environment, execute collective developmental programs and often differentiate into distinct cell types performing specialized functions. This research focuses on developmental aggregation in biofilms formed by Myxococcus xanthus - an important model organism for studying microbial cooperation, development, and collective motility. Research will involve statistical image analysis/quantification, data analysis and agent-based modeling based on available biological data of our collaborators.

      QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
      PhD in science or engineering and research experience in computational biology is required for this position. Candidates with publications in the field of mathematical/computational biology related to systems biology modeling are strongly preferred. Previous experience in image analysis, bioinformatics and/or modeling bacterial networks is a plus. Strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and English proficiency are also expected. Some of the research will be conducted in tight collaboration with experimental colleagues and the main results are at least partially expected to be published in biological journals.

      ABOUT RICE AND HOUSTON:
      Rice is consistently ranked as one of the nation?s best teaching and research universities.
      It is a member institution of the world largest Medical Center (TMC). Rice is committed to cutting edge interdisciplinary biological research. It is a home to Center of Theoretical Biological Physics (ctbp.rice.edu) and PhD Program in Systems, Synthetic and physical Biology (sspb.rice.edu).
      The Department of Bioengineering is consistently ranked among the nation's top 10 bioengineering graduate programs. Rice is situated in the Museum district of Houston, TX ? the fourth largest city in the US.

      CONDITIONS:
      Rice University is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and offers competitive postdoctoral salary and benefits. The position is open from August 1, 2014 until filled. The initial appointment is for 1 year with possible continuation upon satisfactory performance.

      APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
      Applicants should submit their CV and research statement letter justifying their interests in the group to igoshin@rice.edu.

  • PhD Position/Post-docs: Infectious/Foodborne Diseases, Cornell
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Two Post-doctoral and one PhD student positions available at Cornell University:

      Two of my post docs are moving to faculty positions and one to the Pharmaceutical industry; thus I am seeking two post docs and one PhD student to join my research group.

      My research focuses on mathematical, statistical and economic modeling of infectious and foodborne diseases. The goal of my research is to optimize intervention strategies (health and management) in food supply systems.

      Depending on the applicant's background and interest the postdoc/PhD student could focus on any particular area or combinations of the following: 1) mathematical modeling of infectious diseases (e.g., Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and M. bovis (bovine tuberculosis or bTB) transmission in agricultural systems); 2) system dynamic modeling of antimicrobial resistance in food animal systems; and 3) optimizing milk quality in dairy farms. Please see the most recent references to each of these projects: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/popmed/bios/grohn.cfm

      I would like to encourage individuals with a background in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and/or population biology/analytical epidemiology/economics to apply. Knowledge of Bayesian methods would be a plus. Computer and mathematical expertise and a strong interest in infectious diseases are required.

      Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and the names and contact information of two referees to Yrjo Grohn ytg1@cornell.edu

      Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions are available starting September 1st 2014.

  • Post-doc: Infectious Disease Modeller, U Oxford
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Job: Infectious Disease Modeller, Oxford NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance - University of Oxford and Public Health England

      University of Oxford and Public Health England are accepting applications for an Infectious Disease Modeller, as part of the newly formed Oxford NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance.

      The HPRU is working at the forefront of research into translating next generation pathogen sequencing into routine clinical and public health practice, and developing informatics infrastructures to deliver local, regional and national surveillance to better understand pathogens and recognise infection threats.

      The Modeller will develop mathematical models of the dynamics of spread of healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in hospitals and the community, and will work in close collaboration with modellers in PHE, Colindale and the established vigorous multi-disciplinary Oxford group.

      The successful applicant will have strong modelling skills, together with a keen interest in clinical medicine, an enquiring and flexible attitude and will be highly motivated and enthusiastic about working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines.

      The role will be based at either the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford or Public Health England, Colindale (candidates choice).

      Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 9 July 2014 can be considered.

      For more information and application, please visit: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIY844/infectious-diseases-modeller/

  • Post-docs: BAMBOO team, INRIA-UCBL, Lyon, France
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Two postdoc opportunities at Inria in Lyon, France

      In the context of a FP7 KBBE European Project, BacHBerry ("BACterial Hosts for production of Bioactive phenolics from bERRY fruits"), we are seeking two postdoc candidates, each for one year, renewable for up to two years.

      The candidates will work in the BAMBOO team at the Inria-UCBL in Lyon, France (http://team.inria.fr/bamboo/), in interaction with the partners of BacHBerry, in particular the CSI team at the IDMEC-IST in Lisbon, Portugal (http://www.idmec.ist.utl.pt/).

      Both BAMBOO and CSI are methodological teams with an expertise in computational and systems biology.

      This project aims at tapping the potential of living organisms or systems to develop or make natural chemical compounds that are believed to be useful for medicine, agriculture, bioremediation, biodegradation, or etc. Most often, the compound is already produced by the organism but in small quantity, and one needs then to manipulate it in order for the production to be increased. Other situations require transplanting part of the chemical factory of an organism into another, in general a bacterium, for better efficiency. In some cases, the transplant might better be split among a community of different bacteria in interaction.

      BacHBerry is more specifically interested in the generation of bacterial platforms for sustainable bio-based production of phenolic compounds found in berry fruits. Phenolics are recognised for their antioxydant health-promoting and functional properties, and applied across applications as diverse as aromas, colours, nutraceuticals, and medicines.

      More specifically, we are looking for candidates with a PhD in one of the following areas: computer science, mathematics, statistics, computational biology, metabolic engineering, regulation, or related, with a strong taste for inter-disciplinary research, and with very good interpersonal skills.

      Ideally, the person will have a long experience with graph algorithms, discrete combinatorics and/or optimisation techniques.

      Unsual CVs are welcome. Knowledge of the portuguese language would also be a plus :-)

      Applications should include a motivation letter, a CV, and the address of three references.

      The applications should be sent to:
      Marie-France Sagot, marie-france.sagot@inria.fr
      putting also in copy the partner in Lisbon:
      Susana Vinga, susanavinga@gmail.com
      ideally before July 31, 2014.

  • Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow: Imperial College London
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Research Assistant, Associate or Fellow in Organisation Change, Sustainability and Evaluation
      NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, at Imperial College London
      Fixed term for up to 3 years.
      Salary range:
      Research Assistant: 28,770 - 31,880 GBP per annum
      Research Associate: 32,750 - 41,540 GBP per annum
      Research Fellow: 38,330 - 43,820 GBP per annum

      closing date is 7th July.

      See link below for more details and to apply

      https://www4.ad.ic.ac.uk/OA_HTML/OA.jsp?page=/oracle/apps/irc/candidateSelfService/webui/VisVacDispPG&akRegionApplicationId=821&transactionid=96728708&retainAM=Y&addBreadCrumb=S&p_svid=43748&p_spid=1668144&oapc=7&oas=Q6FGZxpPTcXlOUu_Af312A

  • Post-docs: U President's Fellowship Program, U Michigan
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      Applications are being accepted through Friday, November 1, 2014, at 11:59pm Pacific Time for the University of Michigan President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

      The fellowship supports exceptional scholars in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, economics and political science who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education and have the potential to become faculty members at University of Michigan.

      The University of Michigan President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program awards approximately 9 postdoctoral fellowships annually in all fields for research conducted under faculty sponsorship. The annual award provides a salary of $50-60,000, depending on the field and level of experience, and $10,000 for research and professional development. The award also includes enrollment in health plan for fellow and dependent(s), group life insurance, three weeks of sick leave, and one month (non-accrual) of vacation.

      President's Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to (1) establish residence and participate in academic life at the campus of their postdoctoral appointment, (2) focus full-time on research and avoid other commitments such as teaching or additional employment, (3) meet regularly with their faculty mentor, and (4) attend the professional development programs in campus.

      For information and application to this program, please visit http://sitemaker.umich.edu/um-postdocs/home

  • Post-doc: Stochastic Models, System/Synthetic Biol, OIST, Japan
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist to work in interdisciplinary projects aimed at developing novel stochastic/multiscaled methods, analysis tools and simulation algorithms, and applying them to build predictable models of gene expression and cell biology. The ideal candidates should have a strong background in Applied Mathematics (numerical analysis and probability) or Computer Science, and a PhD in a related field, as well as experience or a strong interest to collaborate with experimental biologists and theoreticians.

      Strong programming skills in Matlab is mandatory, while additional experience in C/C++ and Python is desirable. Additionally, experience with dynamical systems (ODEs, PDEs) is expected, but evidenced experience in biological/chemical reaction modelling and stochastic simulation (temporal and spatio-temporal) will be considered a plus.

      Specific projects will entail constant feedback and cooperation with our home-based wet lab, and experimental and theoretical groups both inside and outside Japan. Thus, the postdoc is expected to travel and be able to work in groups, have excellent personal and communication skills, and a willingness to communicate research results to interdisciplinary audiences. Knowledge of Japanese is not required (albeit language courses will be provided to those interested), but English proficiency is mandatory. Appointment will be done at the postdoctoral level, and will have a remuneration package according to qualifications.

      The successful candidate will join the Integrative Systems Biology Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), and will work under the supervision of Prof. Tatiana T. Marquez-Lago. OIST's language of instruction is English, and a large segment of the faculty and student population is international. Details of our lab can be found in (https://groups.oist.jp/isbu).

      Further details of the position can be found in http://www.oist.jp/careers/postdoctoral-scholar-integrative-systems-biology-unit

  • Post-doc: Bioinformatics/Biomedical Inform, UC Santa Barbara
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      Postdoc: Bioinformatics and biomedical informatics, Santa Barbara, USA

      The Computational Science and Engineering group at University of California Santa Barbara, led by Professor Linda Petzold, is searching for a postdoc with research background in bioinformatics or biomedical informatics and machine learning. The successful candidate will develop and apply cutting-edge computational techniques to the analysis of biological and clinical data in the study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and of Coagulopathy in Trauma. The position is for one year, with a potential for renewal to two years, and is available immediately. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

      To apply, please send a cover letter and CV that provides details about research interests, education, employment history and skills, to Linda Petzold, petzold@cs.ucsb.edu.

      Closing date is September 1, 2014.

      The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

  • Post-doc: Theoretical Community Ecology, Potsdam U, Germany
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 25 - June 16, 2014

      Post-Doc Position in Theoretical Community Ecology at Potsdam, Germany

      Pending final approval of funding we offer a full time position for 3 years with a potential second funding period of 3 more years at the department of Ecology/Ecosystem Modelling at Potsdam University (German salary scale E 13, 100%). The position is available within the recently established Priority Programme "Flexibility matters: Interplay between trait diversity and ecological dynamics using aquatic communities as model systems" (www.DynaTrait.de) funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). We are seeking a highly motivated and productive scientist who is interested and capable of contributing to a modelling team closely interacting with experimentalists conducting laboratory food web experiments. She/he should have strong research interests in community and trait-based ecology (e.g. dynamics of predator-prey and multi-trophic systems), and in the role of adaptability for system dynamics in particular (e.g. via eco-evolutionary dynamics). The work includes developing and analyzing predator-prey and food web models which account for ongoing mutual adaptations of trait values among interacting organisms related to corresponding experiments.

      The ideal candidate holds a Ph.D., has an excellent publication record in the field of theoretical ecology and ecological modelling and comprehensive skills in working with systems of differential equations. Prior Post-Doc experience, skills in time-series analysis and interest in co-supervising students is highly welcome. The modelling team, consisting of Post-Docs, Ph.D. and Master students, is supervised by Prof. Dr. Ursula Gaedke and Prof. Dr. Horst Malchow (Univ. Osnabrück) and provides a very stimulating research environment for promoting theoretical ecology by modelling and empirical studies. The position may be suitable to strive for a Habilitation. Fluency in English is essential but gaining some control of the German language is expected. Potsdam (near Berlin, Germany) is an attractive town of about 170,000 inhabitants. It is an UNESCO world heritage and due to its close vicinity to Berlin covers a broad spectrum of all kinds of cultural activities.

      For further information please visit http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/ibb/researchgroups/fullprofessors/ecology-and-ecosystem-modelling.html or contact U. Gaedke (gaedke@uni-potsdam. de). Applications should include a statement of motivation, a detailed CV with the list of publications, contact details of academic referees and degree certificates. Please send them electronically, if possible as a single file, to U. Gaedke. The position is open until it gets filled. The "12-years-rule" does not apply for this position.

  • Post-docs: NIMBioS, U Tennessee
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 24 - June 9, 2014

      Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications at NIMBioS -- Next
      Deadline: September 1, 2014

      The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), located at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and biology. Highest priority will be given to those with explicit plans to develop their ability to effectively carry on research across these fields. We are particularly interested in requests to support research that integrates diverse fields, requires synthesis at multiple scales, and/or makes use of or requires development of new mathematical/computational approaches. NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows are chosen based upon indications that the applicant's research plans are consistent with the mission of NIMBioS, the applicant has the demonstrated ability to carry out the proposed research, and the opportunities provided through NIMBioS will enhance the capacity for the research to be completed in an efficient and timely manner. Support: annual stipend of $51,000, full University of Tennessee employee fringe benefits, and an annual travel allowance of $2,000.

      How to apply: Complete the online application and submit a brief project description, references, and CV following the guidelines available at http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/

      Deadline: NIMBioS postdoctoral requests for support are reviewed two times per year, and the selected researchers are offered positions at NIMBioS where they conduct research that is mostly self-directed. The deadline for activities beginning in summer/fall 2015 is September 1, 2014 but applications for positions starting later in 2015 are also accepted at this time. All letters of recommendation must be submitted before the request deadline.

      The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Post-doc: Modeling Rapid Response to Invasive..., U Alberta
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 24 - June 9, 2014

      Postdoctoral Fellow position, University of Alberta

      The Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network is looking for a postdoctoral researcher on a project for rapid response and decision support models for aquatic invasive species.

      Project description: The successful candidate would work collaboratively with networker investigators and students to develop a comprehensive model for rapid response to invasive species. The model will employ existing datasets coupled to methods from statistics, machine learning and dynamical systems, and it will also be linked to other existing models.

      Skills: Ability to work well in a collaborative setting is crucial. Mathematical and statistical training as well as ability to program efficiently is required. Familiarity with machine learning is an asset.

      Details: The position is under the supervision of Prof Mark Lewis, University of Alberta, and will also involve interactions with network researchers across Canada. The position is available immediately until it is filled. Please send a statement of interest, a sample of written work, a CV, and names of two references that can be contacted to Mark Lewis, mark.lewis@ualberta.ca. Further details and a full description of the position are available on request.

  • Post-doc: Disease Ecology, Veterinary..., U Minnesota
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 23 - June 3, 2014

      POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN DISEASE ECOLOGY
      Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

      A postdoctoral position is available to investigate infectious disease dynamics in wild and domestic animal populations. Meggan Craft's research group uses mathematical and statistical models fit to empirical data from field systems in order to study the spread and control of disease (http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vpm/faculty/meggancraft/home.html). Current modeling projects on already-collected data could include swine influenza dynamics or large felid retroviral dynamics, as well as new projects as opportunities arise. Through the University of Minnesota's Ecosystem Health Initiative, the position provides an opportunity to interact with a diverse community of epidemiologists, veterinarians, wildlife managers, ecologists, and public health practitioners.

      The successful applicant will have a PhD in ecology, statistics, applied mathematics or a related field, with a strong background in infectious disease modeling and quantitative analysis, a track record of publication, and the ability to work independently as part of a multidisciplinary team. Initial appointment will be for one year, with opportunities for renewal. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

      Apply online at: employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=120624 Applications should include (1) a cover letter explicitly describing the fit with this position and a possible start date, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a statement of research interests and experience (attach as Additional Document 1). PDF attachments of published or in press papers are encouraged but not required. In addition to applying online, please have two letters of recommendation sent via email (preferable as PDF files) to Dr. Meggan Craft at craft@umn.edu.

      The Ecosystem Health Initiative of the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine is working with an international consortium of partners to improve understanding of the relationship among the environment, biodiversity, and the health of humans, livestock and wildlife. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

  • Post-doc: Math Modelling of Drug-Resistance in..., U Exeter
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 23 - June 3, 2014

      Postdoctoral position: Mathematical modelling of drug-resistance in microorganisms and cancers, University of Exeter

      We are recruiting a Research Fellow to participate in an exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between a mathematical modelling groups of Dr Ivana Gudelj and Prof Robert Beardmore, University of Exeter, UK and Computational Biology and Oncology Departments at AstraZeneca, Cambridge. This position is available from 1st July 2014 for the period of 2 years. The successful applicant will contribute towards research that uses concepts from ecology and Darwinian evolution applied to micro-organisms, to understand the strength of natural selection in cancer cells.

      The successful applicant will be working on the development and analysis of mathematica models in Dr Gudelj and Prof Beardmore's labs at the University of Exeter in close collaborations with colleagues at AstraZeneca, Cambridge. Applicants will posses a PhD in a quantitative discipline (mathematics, physics, engineering or computer science) and be familiar with ordinary differential equations, their use in modelling, analysis (Dynamical Systems techniques) and simulation. The successful candidate should be able to communicate effectively with individuals from a wide range of disciplines.

      More information about the project and how to apply can be found at: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIU198/associate-research-fellow/

  • Post-doc: Stat Genomics & Bioinformatics, U Vermont
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 21 - May 22, 2014

      Postdoctoral Position

      Statistical Genomics and Bioinformatics

      We are looking for a postdoc with research background in statistical genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics or related computational area. The applicant should have demonstration of research achievements. The ideal candidate may have experiences in human genome, epigenome or related research using SNP/CNV array or next-gen sequencing. This position is available immediately. Contact Email: dawei.li [at] uvm.edu. University of Vermont, U.S.

  • Post-docs: Agent-Based Modelling Laboratory, York U, Canada
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 21 - May 22, 2014

      1) Postdoctoral position: Genome Annotation and Disease Risk Prediction
      http://abm-lab.yorku.ca/files/JobPosting%202014.pdf

      2) Postdoctoral position: Computational Modelling of Disease Epidemics
      http://abm-lab.yorku.ca/files/JobPosting2%202014.pdf

  • Post-doc: Comp Biol & Infectious Diseases, UNSW, Australia
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 21 - May 22, 2014

      Postdoc-PhD position - Computational Biology and Infectious Diseases

      The Evolutionary Dynamics in Infectious Diseases Group at the University of New South Wales is looking for PhD students and postdoc to work on research projects in the area of bioinformatics / computational biology as well as virology/ immunology that are aimed at studying viral evolution and the role of host immune response. The research we offer will be interdisciplinary projects and will involve high- throughput data, such as next-generation sequencing. Computational projects are suited to students with a strong background in quantitative disciplines such as Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or similar. There is also possibility to perform wet lab research.

      Successful applicants will join a team of researchers in the Inflammation and Infection Research Centre, which hosts > 70 students and researchers in various field of Medical Sciences. There is also a great opportunity to interact with researchers involved in wet-lab activities.

      This research done in collaboration with experimental research groups both in Australia and overseas. Additional information on the Computational Biology Group's research interests are available at: http://medicalsciences.med.unsw.edu.au/research/groups/inflammation-and-infection-research/computational-biology-and-bioinformatics https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-fabio-luciani

      Please include a cover letter and CV that provide details about research interests, education, employment history (if any), skills.

      Post-graduate scholarships are available to support tuition and living expenses for domestic (Australian Postgraduate Award APA) and overseas PhD students to study in Australia. More information on the postgraduate research scholarships is available at: http://research.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate-research-scholarships Also, we will encourage and support applications for prestigious Australian Government postgraduate scholarships.

      Postdoc applications will be supported within the VC scheme, details can be found at https://research.unsw.edu.au/vice-chancellor?s-postdoctoral-research-fellowship

      Closing date is July 4th.

      Interested applicants should contact Dr Fabio Luciani: luciani@unsw.edu.au.

  • Post-doc: Modeling of Randomness & Uncertainty..., U Manchester
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 21 - May 22, 2014

      Postdoctoral position, University of Manchester, UK

      Applications are invited for a postdoc in complex systems, beginning July 1st 2014, or as soon as possible after this date.

      The position is in the Complex Systems and Statistical Physics group at the University of Manchester and is for up to two years. We are looking for an outstanding and ambitious theoretical or computational physicist, or applied mathematician with a background in either non-equilibrium statistical physics, multi-scale modelling, stochastic processes or complex systems. The successful applicant will work on an interdisciplinary project on the modeling of randomness and uncertainty in epidemiology and physiology.

      Please see https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=7919 for details. The closing date is 11 June 2014.

  • Post-doc: Ecology, U Federal de Vicosa, Brazil
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 19 - May 8, 2014

      Call for postdoctoral fellowship applications - PNPD

      The Post-graduate Program in Ecology, at the Universidade Federal de Vicosa, in Vicosa, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, is selecting a postdoc researcher to join the Ecology Team of professionals to work teaching and researching in Theoretical Ecology, using mathematical modeling and computational tools to investigate pattern and processes structuring population and biological communities.

      The successful candidate must have a strong background in mathematics or theoretical physics and theoretical ecology, and interest in population ecology and population modeling. It is desirable that the candidate has abilities using R program and it is not mandatory to speak Portuguese.

      1 . DETAILS
      1.1. Number postdoctoral fellowship: 01 (one).
      1.2. Starting date: 10/06/2014.
      1.3. Duration: 24 months, extendable for more 24 months, until 60 months (2 to 5 years).
      1.4. Grant: R$ 4,100.00 (One thousand, eight hundred and forty six dollars - US$1,00 =R$2,22).
      1.5. Practice: Teaching and research activities related to the Ecology Master's and PhD Program in Ecology, DBG-UFV.

      Vicosa is a small to medium city in Brazil and the living costs are not high. In the university there are restaurant meals at R$2,25 (US$1.00) and breakfast at R$1,25 (US$0.56) for Post-graduates. The bus fare in the city is about R$1,80 (US$0.80) but it is not necessary to take buses from the city to the University, because it is close enough to walk. Riding a bicycle is another option. Opening a bank account is free. Other service fees will vary from bank to bank. UFV has a Health Division, which offers free medical care in several specialties. The university does not have accommodation for foreigners. So, flats can be rented (for about US$ 225,00 per month) and sharing a house with other students is another option. This sort of accommodation is common in Vicosa and is called locally as "Student's Republics".

      2 . REQUIREMENTS
      The applicant must:
      2.1. have a doctor degree
      2.2. inform the web page address to access the complete Curriculum Vitae, including teaching activities, scientific and technological publications, awards and patent registration.

      3. FELLOWSHIP TYPES
      a) TYPE "A": Foreign researcher resident in Brazil, holding a temporary visa, without employment;
      b) TYPE "B": foreigner researcher residing abroad, without employment; the applicant must prove residential address abroad at the time of submission of the application.

      5. REGISTRATION
      5.1. Application Period: April 22 to May 22, 2014
      5.2. Location:
      Universidade Federal de Vicosa (UFV)
      Post -Graduate Program in Ecology (PPG Eco), Department of General Biology (DBG),
      Chotaro Shimoya Building (ECS)
      Henri Peter Rolfs Avenue,
      Campus UFV
      CEP 36570-900 - Vicosa, MG;
      Online: send the application to the e-mail address: ppgecoufv@gmail.com
      5.3. Required documentation:
      a) Curriculum Vitae web page address;
      b) Form III filled up (http://www.posecologia.ufv.br) and proof of residential address abroad (residential receipts);
      c) Research Project according to one of the research lines:
      (1) Communities and Ecosystems, (2) Organisms, Populations and Evolution, containing the following sections: title, brief theoretical introduction, objectives, methodology, references; and a chronogram of development of the project scheduled for the period of 24 months, containing prevision of manuscript submission. The project can be written in Portuguese or English.
      d) 02 recommendation letters from researchers in the area of interest, including their addresses and telephone numbers to contact the committee.
      e) Form II filled up (http://www.posecologia.ufv.br)

      7. SELECTION PROCESS
      7.1. The Coordination of Post-graduate Program in Ecology will confirm the candidate's registration by e-mail.
      7.2. The classification criteria is:
      7.1. Curriculum Vitae and Form III analysis;
      7.2. Analysis of the Research Project and work plan;
      7.3. Interview in person or by video conference, on June 3rd, 04:00 p.m. (Brazilian Time) at the ECS 203 room, Chotaro Shimoya Building, campus UFV, Vicosa, MG. If this time schedule does not fit for researchers abroad, the interview will be fixed at another comfortable time for each applicant, as long as it is requested by e-mail (ppgecoufv@gmail.com) in time.

      8. SELECTION RESULT
      8.1. The selection result will be announced until June 5th, 2014, at www.posecologia.ufv.br.
      8.2. Within 01 (one) business day from the date of publication of the results, the candidate may appeal to the Registry of the Graduate Program in Ecology, DBG / UFV

      9. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
      Other information about the scholarships for post-doctoral, can be found at:
      http://www.capes.gov.br/images/stories/download/legislacao/Portaria_86_2013_Regulamento_PNPD.pdf

      10. OMISSIONS
      Any omissions or special cases shall be resolved by the PPG-Eco committee.
      Vicosa, April 22
      Prof. Dr. Carlos Frankl Sperber
      PPG Ecology Coodenator
      Departamento de Biologia Geral
      Universidade Federal de Vicosa
      Brazil

  • Post-doc: Modeling Protein Metabolism, Paris
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 19 - May 8, 2014

      Subject: Postdoc position: Modeling the protein metabolism in the body and application in nutrition and health - Paris, France.

      Job details: A 2-year postdoc position in computational biology is available, in the domain of modeling and simulation of nutritional and metabolic systems (mechanistic and compartmental models, dynamical systems with ODE, numerical analysis, parameter estimation and optimization). The aim is to develop a model of the complex system of protein and amino acid metabolism in the body, which will provide an integrated insight into the various inter- and intra-organ nitrogen fluxes for understanding how they are coordinated to ensure body nitrogen homeostasis under varying nutritional conditions or are progressively dysregulated during pre-pathological conditions of diet-induced metabolic syndrome. The model will be developed under Matlab and calibrated using a set of experimental data previously obtained in rats by the hosting team.

      Hosting conditions: Within the laboratory of Nutrition Physiology and Ingestive Behavior that belongs to the large research departments of AgroParisTech (French Graduate School in Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences) and INRA (French National Agricultural Research Institute), the recruited post-doc will work in close interaction with Helene Fouillet in the group "Proteins, amino acid metabolism and prevention of the metabolic syndrome", who has a strong experience in integrative modeling of protein and amino acids metabolism.

      Required skills and eligibility criteria: The applicant should possess PhD degree in a related area (computational biology, biological system modeling and simulation), and strong skills in programming and modeling with Matlab, numerical simulations and model parameter estimation by optimization. Priority will be given to candidates with experience or strong interest in modeling and data analysis in metabolism, physiology or nutrition. Additional eligibility criteria: having less than 10 years' research experience after the PhD and not having spent more than 12 months in France within the last 3 years.

      How to apply/contact person: Interested applicants should email the following material to Helene Fouillet (helene.fouillet@agroparistech.fr) with subject line "ModProtMetab Postdoc application": i) a cover letter describing their background, research interests and motivation for the position, ii) a detailed CV with research experience, scientific and technical skills, publication list and the contact information of at least two references, iii) copies of some of their best or most relevant papers. The starting date is negotiable and the evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • Post-doc: Modelling Infection & Immunity, UNSW, Australia
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 19 - May 8, 2014

      Postdoctoral fellowship: modelling in infection and immunity

      The Complex Systems in Biology Group at the University of New South Wales is looking for a talented post-doc to join their team in Sydney, Australia, investigating immunity and vaccination for chronic infectious disease. The group is an interdisciplinary team including immunologists, applied mathematicians, physicists, chemists, engineers and computer scientists. The team collaborates with a number of experimental groups to study and model immune responses in humans and animals. The scope of studies ranges from bioinformatics and statistical analysis of the genetic evolution of HIV [from analysis of deep sequencing data], through viral, parasite, and immune kinetics in vivo, to analysis of cohort data on malaria infection in the field. The group has a high publication output and a strong history in successful interdisciplinary training. It is an ideal venue for scientists aiming to diversify their experiences in mathematical biology, or considering a career change from mathematics / physics or other disciplines to work in quantitative biology.

      For more details of the Complex Systems in Biology Group see:

      http://www.med.unsw.edu.au/CVRWeb.nsf/page/CSB

      as well as recent publications.

      UNSW Australia has a strong reputation for scholarship

      http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-new-south-wales/undergrad

      and is located around 15 minutes by bus from central Sydney, and 15 minutes walk from the popular Coogee beach.

      Applicants are sought for the UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Fellowships. The University offers a number of Vice-Chancellor's fellowships to support post-doctoral students within 5 years of their PhD (ie: awarded PhD between 1/1/2010 and 30/11/2014). These fellowships are funded at $81,844 - $95,215 p.a. for up to three years (see: http://research.unsw.edu.au/vice-chancellor?s-postdoctoral-research-fellowships

      This position is ideally suited to someone with a PhD and strong publication record in their field wishing to commence or continue to develop a career in quantitative biology.

      Interested students and post-doctoral Fellows should forward a CV and outline of interests to Prof Miles Davenport (m.davenport@unsw.edu.au).

      Closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 20 June.

  • Postdoc position: Scientific Computing, U of Alabama
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 17 - April 22, 2014

      The University of Alabama Department of Mathematics invites applications for a non-tenure-track, Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Scientific Computing, beginning the fall term of 2014. The initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable for up to two years, depending on performance. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with Dr. Shan Zhao on Computational Molecular Biology. A Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, Mathematical Biology or a related field is required. Strong programming skills are also required. Candidates with expertise in immersed interface/boundary methods, high order methods for PDEs, PDE models for molecular biology, mathematical biophysics, or parallel/GPU computing are encouraged to apply. Applications should include the following: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, 3) one-page research statement, and 4) copies of up to 3 selected publications. All application materials must be submitted online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/35006. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to szhao@ua.edu. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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  • Lecturer: Infectious Disease Modeller, U Bristol
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      LECTURER POSITION
      SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
      CLOSING DATE: 4 AUGUST 2014

      This post offers an excellent opportunity for an experienced Lecturer to join an expanding research team based in the School of Social and Community Medicine. The post is for 48 months supported by a grant from the National Institute of Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) on Evaluation of Interventions, and is intended to provide an opportunity for the researcher to apply for additional funding and/or a personal development research fellowship award and with the option of becoming a permanent post. The post will undertake modelling on a number of policy relevant projects in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE). This will involve the development of infectious disease models on the transmission of a range of diseases, including viral hepatitis (Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Hepatitis B virus (HBV)), childhood infections (such as Meningitis, Pertussis, and Rotavirus) and sexually transmitted infections (such as Chlamydia and HIV), and the use of these models to project the impact of various interventions including treatment, vaccination and other prevention strategies depending on the disease in question. The modeller will also work actively with economists in the group to enable their models to account for the economic costs and benefits of different interventions, and with other researchers in Public Health England and in this and other HPRUs in other institutions. As part of these projects you will be involved in leading the technical aspect of the modelling, and will collaborate with other modellers, economists and epidemiologists involved in this and other projects. It is also hoped that the modeller will play a role in supervising other modellers, and will start to develop their own research direction and team. We are looking for an applicant with experience in infectious disease mathematical modelling, hopefully with experience of supervising other modellers and in undertaking economic analyses. The post is full time (but with possibility of part-time) and will be offered on a fixed term or open ended basis for a period of 4 years.

      Details can be found here:
      http://www.bris.ac.uk/jobs/find/details.html?nPostingID=2160&nPostingTargetID=7673&option=28&sort=DESC&respnr=1&ID=Q50FK026203F3VBQBV7V77V83&Resultsperpage=10&lg=UK&mask=uobext

      For an informal discussion about the post, please contact
      Professor Peter Vickerman: peter.vickerman@bristol.ac.uk
      Professor Matthew Hickman: matthew.hickman@bristol.ac.uk

  • Lab Appt: Animal Virology, Plum Island Animal Disease Center
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      Animal Virology Research Support Appointment
      United States Department of Agriculture
      Orient Point, NY

      Project Description:
      The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is seeking a motivated scientist (post-master's or post-baccalaureate) interested in conducting animal virology laboratory research aimed at developing novel strategies to control African swine fever virus (ASFV). The position is with the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and is offered through the PIADC Research Participation Program. The position is available immediately and is funded for 1 year, with the opportunity for renewal.
      PIADC is the only U.S. laboratory facility performing research, development and diagnosis of foreign animal diseases of highest threat to the U.S. This critical national asset is located off the northeast coast of Long Island, NY, and accessible by government-provided ferry from Orient Point, NY, and Old Saybrook, CT. One of the missions of PIADC is to develop technologies to help mitigate the risks of catastrophic economic losses caused by foreign animal disease (FAD) agents accidentally or deliberately introduced into the United States.
      At PIADC, the scientist will perform laboratory tests to evaluate the efficacy and potency of vaccine and antivirals against ASFV. The scientist will prepare specimens and samples, operate standard laboratory equipment, maintain tissue cultures, assist in animal experiments, stay up-to-date regarding technical developments, conduct literature searches on identified topics relevant to the research, and follow and ensure adherence to strict safety procedures and safety checks. Research will be performed in a Bio-Safety Level 3 containment laboratory and animal facility.
      Common methodologies employed will include virus isolation, propagation and titration; preparation of vaccines; determination of serum antibody titers using virus neutralization assays and/or ELISAs; evaluation of vaccine potency and efficacy in swine; and use of several techniques of recombinant DNA technology, real time PCR, protein expression in bacteria and in tissue culture, light and fluorescence microscopy.

      Additional Information:
      Position is available to be filled immediately.

      Other Qualifications:
      Post Baccalaureate or Post Master's

      How to Apply:
      Information about the application process and application forms are available on the program Web site: http://www.orau.gov/piadc

      For Additional Information:
      For additional information about the PIADC Research Participation Program, please see http://www.orau.gov/piadc or email PIADC@orau.org.

  • R&D Position: Math Biol/Biophysics, US Army ERDC, Vicksburg, MS
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 30 - July 21, 2014

      Mathematical Biology / Theoretical Biology / Biophysics Theory

      The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has initiated a multi-year program in systems and synthetic biology, which includes development of mathematical models predictive of a wide variety of biological endpoints, from chemical toxicity to dynamics of biological signaling. While the broad focus of this program is to minimize the negative impacts of human activities on the environment, a need exists to further develop and validate mathematical models from underlying and often abstract conceptual frameworks.

      R&D opportunities are available for qualified candidates to pursue funded work, in addition to pursuing new research funding within the DOD, for modeling-related activities in areas such as: the fundamental nature of communication across biological components in genetic and molecular networks; bio-inspired wireless communication models; hierarchical signaling networks of toxicological pathways in model organisms; effects and impacts of military munitions on the environment. Successful applicants will have obtained a PhD or all-but-dissertation (ABD) status in a field indicative of analytical mathematical training, such as physics, mathematics, chemical engineering, computer science, bioinformatics, computational & quantum chemistry, etc. Applicants should generally be able to solve complex analytical problems, which may involve providing equations that approximate exact solutions while quantifying associated error. The incumbent will work with an experienced and diverse team of PhD-level scientists with expertise in theoretical physics, bioinformatics, genetics, molecular biology, and toxicology. Persons in these positions are expected to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals, maintain and cultivate connections to academia and industry as well as other government organizations, and to write grants in pursuit of new funding. These opportunities are for US citizens and foreign nationals, and will remain open until filled. Salaries are expected to range from $42,000 to $100,000 USD, dependent upon experience. To obtain more information, send or email a resume/CV with a brief cover letter to explaining your R&D experience and interests to: Dr. Michael Mayo (Michael.L.Mayo@usace.army.mil), Environmental Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, 3909 Halls Ferry Rd, Vicksburg, MS, 39180. Applicants will be evaluated by 30 September, 2014.

      The Environmental Laboratory (EL) is one of seven DOD-funded laboratories within the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, which is part of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The general website for the Environmental Laboratory is http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/index.cfm. Successful applicants may join the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB) team, which seeks to better understand and predict the effects and impacts of chemical and physical stressors on a broad spectrum of animal species at the molecular and population level. EGSB team projects range from experimental studies of toxicological outcomes of military munitions on model animals to theoretical investigations of coupled dynamic interactions in the gene-regulatory networks of Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Related areas of research include the use of gene expression data for biomarker development, stressor / toxicity assessment and reverse engineering of biological networks impacted by stressors. Our ultimate goal in this work is development of predictive models that will inform if and why a stressor is harmful and what magnitude of risk is posed. Further, understanding biological networks and their control dynamics has inherent practical utility for understanding how complex systems function, and for predicting the fundamental behavior of complex engineered networks. All of these efforts include a heavy component of bioinformatics, mathematical and computational modeling, and systems biology approaches. As a result we are searching for motivated people that can not only support these existing efforts, but contribute innovative solutions that advance the USACE and EL mission.

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Applied/Comp. Math., U Queensland
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 28 - July 9, 2014

      Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics or Computational Mathematics (Continuing teaching and research position)

      The University of Queensland is recognised nationally and internationally for its research programs across a broad area of mathematics and statistics, and is the leading provider of tertiary mathematics education in Queensland. The School of Mathematics and Physics hosts several research centres and is an active partner in a number of multidisciplinary research groups both within and external to the University. Our staff are recognised internationally for their active and dynamic research programs across a wide range of areas in mathematics.

      We are seeking a motivated applied mathematician interested in joining our School. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in mathematical modelling and/or computational mathematics.

      The University of Queensland is one of the top three universities in Australia, measured by the quality of its comprehensive range of research fields. In addition to providing excellent potential for interdisciplinary research, the University is located in the vibrant riverfront city of Brisbane, whose sub-tropical climate, cultural diversity, and proximity to coastal regions make it an attractive environment in which to live.

      The role
      The successful appointee will be expected to take an active role in the research efforts of the School. This includes frequent publication in high quality journals, participation in and organizing of conferences, international and interdisciplinary collaboration, and attracting competitive research funding. The appointee will be expected to teach from a selection of undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics courses, ranging from large first year courses to specialised graduate courses. Other teaching duties include postgraduate supervision and curriculum development. The selected candidate will be expected to raise further the University's strong international profile in mathematics, and to attract postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to the University.

      The person
      Outstanding applicants in any area of applied mathematics are encouraged to apply. The School is particularly interested in applicants with a strong research record in mathematical modeling and/or computation.

      The applicants must have a strong international research record, relative to opportunity. Also, they must have a genuine commitment to mathematics teaching and curriculum development, and be an advocate of mathematics within the University and in the broader community. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate how their research interests mesh with our existing strengths.

      Remuneration
      The appointment will be made on a full-time, continuing basis at Academic level B or C (depending on experience and qualifications).

      The remuneration package of an Academic Level B appointment will be in the range of $83,904 - $99,635 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range of $98,167 - $116,572 p.a.).

      The remuneration package of an Academic Level C appointment will be in the range of $102,782 - $118,513 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range of $120,025 - $138,660 p.a.).

      Enquiries
      To discuss this role please contact Professor Ole Warnaar +61 7 3365 3487 or email: o.warnaar@maths.uq.edu.au

      http://jobs.uq.edu.au/caw/en/job/496210/lecturersenior-lecturer-in-applied-mathematics-or-computational-mathematics

  • Position: Math Modeller, Antibiotic..., Public Health England
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 28 - July 9, 2014

      Job: Mathematical Modeller-Antibiotic Resistance, Public Health England

      An exciting opportunity has arisen for an innovative and creative mathematical modeller to develop models exploring the spread and control drug-resistant bacteria.

      The post-holder will lead the development of mathematical models of the dynamics of multi-drug resistant Gram negative bacteria in hospitals and the community, and then use these models to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention strategies in both the short and long-term.

      The successful applicant will have strong modelling skills, together with a keen interest in infectious diseases and public health, and will be highly motivated and enthusiastic about working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines both nationally and internationally.

      They will join an existing infectious disease modelling team with considerable experience undertaking policy focused research and providing advice to decision makers in the UK and Europe.

      Salary: 37,175-45,769 GBP per annum
      Closing date: 14/07/2014

      For more information and application, please visit: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/e4b211616709f04964ae5328878cd846/?vac_ref=913440808

  • Selected NIH Intramural Research & Other Positions-July Update
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 27 - July 3, 2014

      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/

  • University Assistants with Doctor: U Graz, Austria
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 26 - June 26, 2014

      Institute of Mathematics and Scientific Computing is filling a University Assistant with doctorate (40 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of 6 years; Envisaged Job Starting Date 01 October 2014)

      For more information follow the link: http://jobs.uni-graz.at/en/MB/105/99

      Institute of Mathematics and Scientific Computing is filling a University Assistant with doctorate (40 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of 6 years; Envisaged Job Starting Date 01 October 2014)

      For more information follow the link: http://jobs.uni-graz.at/en/MB/98/99

  • Professor: Uncertainty Quantification, U Nottingham
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 20 - May 16, 2014

      Professor of Uncertainty Quantification (Applied Mathematics/Statistics) at Nottingham

      Applications are invited from outstanding candidates for this senior full professorial post, which lies at the interface of Statistics and Applied Mathematics. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute strongly to maintaining and enhancing the School's high standards in research and teaching.

      The School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Nottingham (UK) (information about the School is available at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mathematics ) is making a major initiative in Uncertainty Quantification that will ultimately bring together extensive activity across the University into a Centre of Excellence. The Unit of Assessments for Applied Mathematics and Statistics were ranked 5th and 6th nationally in terms of Research Power and GPA respectively in the 2008 RAE. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to maintaining and enhancing our research record, and to pursue and encourage interdisciplinary research across the research groups in the School of Mathematical Sciences, notably in Statistics and Probability, Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Scientific Computing, and Mathematical Medicine and Biology, and more widely in the University, in the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Social Sciences.

      In recognition of its commitment to promoting women in science, The University of Nottingham is one of four universities to hold a Silver Athena SWAN Award.

      Candidates should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics or a related subject and have a commitment to high-quality teaching.

      This post is available from 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

      This post will remain open until filled - review of applications 4th July 2014

      Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor M Tretyakov, tel: +44(0)115 9514954 , or email: michael.tretyakov@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. Further details about the position and how to apply, see at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/PROF14380

  • Scientific Programmer/Researcher: CSDE, U Washington
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 19 - May 8, 2014

      University of Washington: Scientific Programmer / Researcher

      The University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) and the UW Department of Microbiology invite applications for a Scientific Programmer/Researcher (Research Scientist/Engineer 3) to integrate within-host models for viral dynamics into social network models for the spread of HIV within populations.

      The Programmer/Researcher will do scientific research and computer programming while providing computer support services for project investigators. The research component will involve developing and testing scientific hypotheses related to one or more of the following subject areas: social network modeling; epidemiology; mathematical modeling of population dynamics; evolutionary biology; population genetics; HIV virulence and pathogenesis; and resistance to anti-retroviral drugs. The programming component requires the candidate to construct, test, and maintain programs written in C and R; create detailed documentation; and publish packages on the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN). The applicant must interact with multiple scientists with diverse interests and expertise in order to write papers, develop software, and interact with end-users of the integrated software. The programmer/researcher will also present results at scientific meetings and participate in the development of materials for training workshops on the software.

      Applicants should possess a MS or Ph.D. in a Quantitative Field (e.g., Computer Science, Mathematics, or Statistics) or a Biomedical/Social Science Field that includes significant mathematical and computational components and three to five years experience. The position requires the ability to read, analyze and write scientific papers; expertise in the R programming language and package development in R; experience with the C programming language; excellent communication skills; and willingness to write detailed software documentation for end users. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

      To apply, go to https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates and enter requisition number 107046 in the required field. If you have questions about this position, you may contact Josh Herbeck (jherbeck@uw.edu), Steve Goodreau (goodreau@uw.edu), or John Mittler (jmittler@uw.edu).

  • Selected NIH Intramural Research & Other Positions - May Update
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 19 - May 8, 2014

      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/

      Searchable database of all NIH intramural research projects
      http://intramural.nih.gov/search/index.tml

      Clinical Training at NIH
      http://www.cc.nih.gov/training/index.html
      http://www.cc.nih.gov/training/gme.html

      NIH Common Fund Diversity Initiatives
      http://commonfund.nih.gov/diversity/

      Women of Color Research Network
      www.wocrn.nih.gov/

      Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
      www.midatlanticherc.org

      NIH Clinical Center Grand Rounds Schedule:
      http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/about/news/grcurrent.html
      Archives:
      http://videocast.nih.gov/PastEvents.asp?c=27

      NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series Schedule:
      http://wals.od.nih.gov/
      Archives:
      http://videocast.nih.gov/PastEvents.asp?c=3

  • Tenure Track in Mathematics: Risk Analysis, Umea U, Sweden
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 18 - April 29, 2014

      Tenure Track as Associate Senior Lecturer in Mathematics with specialization in risk analysis.

      We are seeking to fill a tenure-track position as associate senior lecturer in mathematics with specialization in risk analysis. The applicant should contribute to the build-up of the department's expertise within the area of risk analysis, and supervise PhD students and postdocs in this area. We are primarily searching for applicants who work on risk analysis with applications in finance or business administration, but will also consider applicants who study other risks, for example within the biological or ecological fields. A well formulated description of your research plan will be given great significance in the evaluation process.

      The employment as associate senior lecturer (bitradande universitetslektor in Swedish) is permanent consisting of predominantly research during the first four-year period, and with a possibility to build tutoring and pedagogical merits with up to 20% of the employment. At the end of this employment period, an associate senior lecturer owns the right to be examined for a permanent position as senior lecturer at Umea University.

      For further details and instructions on how to apply, see http://www8.umu.se/umu/aktuellt/arkiv/lediga_tjanster/2-534-14.html.

      Your application should be received by May 28, 2014.

  • Assoc. Prof./Prof. in Applied Mathematics: U of Southampton
    • SMB Digest Vol 14, Issue 17 - April 22, 2014

      Applications are invited for an Associate Professor/Professor in Applied Mathematics.

      Be a part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top 1% of world Universities and one of the UK's top 15 research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities.

      You will be an outstanding applied mathematician with an excellent track record of research leadership in an area which will enhance the current interests of the Applied Mathematics group. We particularly seek those with expertise in applied numerical or data-led modelling, mathematics of networks, or stochastic phenomena in biology. Outstanding candidates involved in collaborative research with, for example, medicine, biology, engineering or industry, are also encouraged to apply.

      You will have significant experience of teaching, as well as a track record of successful supervision of postgraduate students and postdoctoral workers. In due course you will be expected to contribute fully to the departmental teaching and administrative duties.

      The Applied Mathematics group is one of four groups in the Mathematical Sciences Academic Unit. The group has strengths both in fundamental mathematical physics and in mathematics applied to other contemporary scientific and engineering problems. We intend to make this appointment in the latter area. Further information on the work of the Applied Mathematics group can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/maths/research/groups/applied_maths.page

      Mathematical Sciences is a research---led department with an excellent track record in high quality science, attracting funding and establishing academic and industrial collaborations. We value the contribution of all our members and offer a welcoming and supportive working environment. We are committed to inclusiveness and equality and particularly welcome applications from women who are currently underrepresented in the group. Further information about Mathematical Sciences at Southampton can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/maths/

      The position is tenable from 1 October 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.

      Informal enquiries can be made at any time to Prof Nils Andersson: n.a.andersson@southampton.ac.uk or (+)44 23 8059 4551.

      The closing date for this vacancy is 2 May 2014.

      Application procedure:
      You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. If you require any assistance, please contact Charlene Tyson on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 380814PJ on all correspondence.

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