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PhD student to work on mathematical models of plasmid-borne antibiotic resistance in new group in the Department for Evolutionary Theory at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology at Plön, Germany

Plasmids are extrachromosomal DNA elements that can be transmitted vertically or be transferred horizontally between cells. Clinically relevant antibiotic resistance is often encoded on plasmids rather than on the chromosome, which can lead to special evolutionary dynamics. The aim of the PhD project is to develop mathematical models for the evolution and spread of resistance on plasmids. On the mathematical side, the analysis will mainly be based on branching process theory, complemented by deterministic ODE systems and stochastic computer simulations.

Applicants should have a degree in mathematics, physics, biology, or another related field. A prerequisite is a keen interest both in mathematical modeling and in biological systems. Good quantitative skills are essential. Experience in mathematical modeling and knowledge of a programming language (C, C++, Java, R, Python...) is an advantage.

The PhD student will join a vibrant interdisciplinary institute with departments spanning evolutionary genetics, experimental evolution, evolutionary ecology, and theoretical biology. The Max Planck Institute provides an international working environment with an excellent infrastructure. With the close-by Universities of Lübeck and Kiel and the Kiel Evolution Center, it is embedded into a collaborative scientific community. The town of Plön is surrounded by lakes and close to the Baltic Sea, offering ample opportunity for outdoor activities. The cities of Kiel and Lübeck can be easily reached by train in 30 and 40 minutes, respectively.

The payment and benefits are according to a 50% position of the remuneration level 13 within the TVöD and the appointment is for 3 years. This corresponds to a typical German PhD salary, includes social benefits, and easily covers the costs of living.

Interested students should send their application (motivation letter, CV, copies of certificates, contact details of two references) by email to uecker@evolbio.mpg.de. Please use the code PhD2017 in the subject line.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application deadline is December 10, 2017. However, the position will remain open until filled by a qualified candidate.

Dr. Hildegard Uecker
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
August-Thienemann-Strasse 2
24306 Plön
Email: uecker@evolbio.mpg.de

Please contact: Dr. Hildegard Uecker

Deadline for applications: 2018-06-30

Assistant Professor 9-months tenured position at University of California, Riverside (UCR), USA


Applications are invited for a 9-month tenure-track or tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels beginning July 1, 2018, as a part of the second phase of the cluster hiring initiative in Mathematical Modeling of Complex Biosystems at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Two positions were filled last year.

The University of California at Riverside is implementing a major expansion of its faculty and investing in state-of-the-art research facilities to support their work. This expansion will build critical mass in 34 vital and emerging fields of scholarship, foster truly cross-disciplinary work, and further diversify the faculty at one of America’s most diverse research universities. We encourage applications from scholars committed to excellence and seeking to help define the research university for the next generation. For more information about our hiring initiative, please visit clusterhiring.ucr.edu or aprecruit.ucr.edu.

Applications are welcome from those with a Ph.D. in the fields relevant to Mathematical Biology as well as with a strong interdisciplinary background. Preference will be given to applicants developing and using methods of (1) Stochastic Modeling and Uncertainty Quantification and (2) Multi-scale Mathematical and Computational modeling with applications to (i) Cellular Regulatory Networks, (ii) Developmental Systems, (iii) Host-pathogen interaction systems, and (iv) Biomedical systems. Candidates with interests in plant systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

The target departments include mathematics and statistics departments, five life science departments (Botany and Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Plant Pathology, Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, Biochemistry and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology), computer science and several engineering departments including Bioengineering, as well as the School of Medicine. To maximize cross-departmental impact, all hires have the option to join one main department as well as one secondary department as a cooperating faculty within the same or another college.

Tenure track assistant professor applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching, normally including major contributions beyond the doctoral dissertation. Tenured associate professor applicants must, in addition, demonstrate excellence in leadership in their research programs, and experience in mentoring graduate students and junior faculty members. Responsibilities of this position include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses and seminars, conducting interdisciplinary scholarly research and participation in departmental and university service activities. Established criteria of the University of California will determine the salary and the level of appointment.

To apply: Application materials for the Assistant Professor position should be submitted through https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00846. Associate level applicants should apply through https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00847.

Please provide a full curriculum vitae, cover letter, a description of proposed research, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement addressing potential to successfully work with and benefit a diverse student body. Applicants for the Assistant Professor level position should arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation. Applicants for the Associate Level position should provide names and addresses of three reference letter writers. One of the reference letters should explicitly address the candidate's teaching and mentoring abilities.

Evaluation of applications will begin on December 1st, 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please contact: Mark Alber

Deadline for applications: 2017-10-31

Main topic of the event at Dept. of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Roanoke, VA, USA

The Department of Biological Sciences, in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, invites applications from visionary, creative, and energetic leaders for the position of Department Head. We combine an international reputation for excellence in research with a substantial teaching mission. The department currently includes 47 tenure-track faculty members, two professors of practice, eight instructors, 25 support staff, and 23 research scientists, as well as more than 80 graduate students and 1300 undergraduate students. We are a diverse department with research groups in (1) ecology, evolution and behavior, (2) microbiology and immunology, and (3) molecular, cellular, developmental, and computational biology (http://www.biol.vt.edu). We play a central role in interdisciplinary research on campus, which includes engagement in Centers and Institutes such as the Global Change Center and Fralin Life Sciences Institute, and nine out of Virginia Tech's 14 Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs. Several faculty are associated with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, located adjacent to the VTC School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia.

The successful applicant will advocate for the research, teaching and service missions of the department at the local, national, and international level, and will focus on achieving strategic goals within the department, college and university. She or he will foster the health and growth of the department, provide mentorship and professional guidance for existing faculty, and promote diversity and inclusion. Potential candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or closely related fields, demonstrated administrative and programmatic leadership experience, a broad understanding of the life sciences and interdisciplinary research, and exceptional professional achievements as evidenced by outstanding publications and sustained extramural funding. We seek a leader with vision, an open and inclusive management style, and the ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and at all levels within the university. The appointment will be at the level of tenured Full Professor.

Interested candidates should submit a current CV, a letter of interest (maximum 3 pages) that describes research interests, relevant experience and leadership style, and a list of three professional references upon applying through www.jobs.vt.edu posting number TR0170112 or via the link: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/79650.
Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
Please address inquiries to Professor Jeffrey Walters, Search Chair (jrwalt@vt.edu; Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA; 540-231-3847). If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Ms. Dreama Price (dreama@vt.edu).
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to Inclusive VT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Please contact: Jeffrey Walters

Deadline for applications: 2017-10-15

Postdoctoral research fellows in Systems Immunology at Dept. of Immunology, University of Oslo, Norway

The Institute of Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas. Two three-year Fellowship positions for a Postdoctoral research Fellow (SKO 1352) with background in either experimental or computational systems biology are available at the Department of Immunology (University of Oslo). The positions are located in the research group of Associate Professor Victor Greiff, who will start his research group at the Department of Immunology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, in January 2018.
The announced positions are part of the University of Oslo's effort to further strengthen and develop the world-leading research community on human immunology and autoimmunity that has emerged at the Department of Immunology through the Centre for Immune regulation(CIR.(The University of Oslo’s five world-leading research communities). The focus of Dr. Greiff's research group will lie on the quantitative understanding of immune repertoire diversity and specificity using high-throughput immunogenomics and immunoproteomics coupled to high-dimensional and high-performance computational biology and machine learning. Recent publications by Dr. Greiff can be found on google scholar. The main objective of appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Fellow is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their respective area of study. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period as a Postdoctoral research Fellow at the same institution.

Job description Position 1:
Development of single-cell antibody immunogenomics and immunoproteomics methods to enable the high-throughput investigation of the diversity and specificity of antibody repertoires.

Position 2:
Development of bioinformatics, computational biology and machine learning approaches to preprocess, analyze and interpret large-scale immune repertoire data with application to in silico immunoprofiling and discovery of novel immunodiagnostics and immunotherapeutics.The specific aims of each topic are flexible and will be developed jointly by the postdoctoral researcher and the PI.
Both positions will be expected to supervise junior staff including PhD students, participate in collaborations as well as contribute to the writing of research proposals for research grants.

For appointment as a Postdoctoral research Fellow, the applicant must hold PhD degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree).
For Position 1, a PhD in biology, immunology, molecular biology, experimental systems biology, or a related field is required. Broad knowledge and experience in immunological techniques including flow cytometry, ELISA, ELISPOT, functional assays, high-throughput sequencing. Experience in proteomics sample preparation technologies and a working knowledge of statistics and good computational skills (R, python) are considered strong advantages.
For Position 2, a PhD in a quantitative discipline is required (Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or a related field). Expertise in developing and maintaining code handling large amounts of transcriptomics and proteomics data as well as expertise in high performance computing and machine learning is expected. Immunological knowledge is considered a strong advantage.
Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for Postdoctoral research Fellows:
The candidate must be fluent in written and spoken English. We offer a challenging and friendly working environment.
Salary based on salary level 57-65 (486 100 NOK-569 000 NOK, depending on qualifications).
Favorable pension arrangement.
Attractive welfare benefits.

The application should include:

The application with attachments is to be delivered in our electronic recruiting system Jobbnorge.
The application with the required attachments should preferably constitute as few files as possible, preferably 1-2 files.
In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of sex or ethnicity.
According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

Starting date:
January-March 2018
tlf: 47 22844686, Jobbnorge ID: 141019

Please contact: Victor Greiff

Deadline for applications: 2017-04-30

Group Leader (Tenure Track) Mathematics and Biosciences at University of Vienna

The Biomathematics Group at the University of Vienna (Reinhard Bürger, Joachim Hermisson, Josef Hofbauer) is looking for a PostDoc/Group Leader (tenure track) in Mathematics and Biosciences.

-- Outstanding early-career scientist (2-8 years post PhD)
-- Interested in establishing an independent research group at the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Vienna
-- Particularly welcome is mathematical modeling in the following fields: population genetics/genomics, population or community ecology, disease modeling (e.g., infectious diseases, cancer)

The application procedure will be competitive and consist of two main steps, as briefly described at https://forschung.univie.ac.at/index.php?id=42105

Deadline for first step: April 30, 2017

Possible candidates should contact Joachim Hermisson joachim.hermisson[at]univie.ac.at

Please contact: Joachim Hermisson

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