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Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships at NIMBioS

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Overview

Since 2009, NIMBioS has provided opportunities for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and the biological sciences. Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for specific research questions on projects directed by UT faculty.

Targeted Postdoctoral Fellows will join the NIMBioS Fellow community. The NIMBioS community provides opportunities for collaboration with other Fellows, faculty, and numerous visiting researchers, career mentoring, career development workshops, grant-writing, outreach and education, and partner/spousal accommodation.

NIMBioS is committed to promoting diversity in all its activities. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, career stage, geography and type of home institution. Questions regarding diversity issues should be directed to Dr. Ernest Brothers, the NIMBioS Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement (diversity@nimbios.org). You can read more about our Diversity Plan on our NIMBioS Policies web page. The NIMBioS building is fully handicapped accessible.

For general questions about postdoctoral scholarship at NIMBioS, contact NIMBioS Associate Director for Postdoctoral Activities Brian O'Meara at bomeara@utk.edu. For more specific questions about Targeted Fellowships, contact the specific faculty member associated with the current opportunities below.

Current Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships

Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Modeling of Epidemiology and Evolutionary Game Theory

Applications are currently being accepted for a postdoctoral position in mathematical modeling of epidemiology and evolutionary game theory at NIMBioS and in the Fefferman Lab at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is a full-time, one year position, with the potential for renewal.

The work involves the mathematical modeling, including analysis and simulations, of systems of differential equations and game theory. The ideal candidate would have some experience in both areas of applied bio-mathematical research. The researcher will be expected to help formulate mathematical models, characterize analytic properties of the systems, implement numerical simulations, take a primary role in preparing manuscripts for publication, and contribute to the collaborative research group environment.

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in pertinent field, including but not limited to applied mathematics, infectious disease epidemiology, or evolutionary biology
  • Research experience in applied mathematical modeling (epidemiology or evolutionary biology fields preferred, but not required)
  • Basic understanding of analysis of differential equations
  • Basic understanding of game theory
  • Interest in infectious diseases and their evolution
  • Ability to write clearly and scientifically (e.g. to produce drafts of papers for publication in scientific journals and web-based public outreach without too much oversight); evidence of successful prior publication is a plus
  • Ability to work/communicate with a multidisciplinary team
  • Fluency in a mathematical programming environment (preferably Matlab, but Mathematica, R, Python, or equivalent are also acceptable)
  • Willingness to help with the preparation of additional grant proposals

The Fefferman Lab is affiliated with the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, the Department of Mathematics, and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the UT-Knoxville. The candidate will be welcome to participate in any/all of these communities.

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Review of applications will begin 1 May 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Ideal start date: July 1, 2018.

How to apply: you must complete an application on our online registration system:

  1. Click here to access the system
  2. Login or register
  3. Complete your user profile (if you haven't already)
  4. Find "Postdoctoral Fellowship: Mathematical Modeling of Epidemiology and Evolutionary Game Theory" under Current Events Open for Application and click on Apply

You will be asked to upload a single PDF document, organized as follows:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Full CV

For more information, contact Nina H. Fefferman at nina.h.fefferman@gmail.com.


Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems

Applications are currently being accepted for a postdoctoral position in mathematical modeling of biological systems at NIMBioS and in the Fefferman Lab at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is a full-time, one year position, with the potential for renewal.

The work involves mathematical modeling, focusing initially on analysis and simulations of difference and differential equation models of physiological processes. An ideal candidate would have some experience in at least one relevant area of applied bio-mathematical research. Beyond the initial project, this position will entail collaborating to design new mathematical models for a diversity of novel applications. Any candidate should be comfortable with a variety of modeling techniques and willing to learn new areas of modeling application in collaboration with interdisciplinary research teams. The researcher will be expected to help formulate mathematical models, characterize analytic properties of the systems, implement numerical simulations, take a primary role in preparing manuscripts for publication, contribute to a collaborative research group environment, and participate in preparation of new grant proposals.

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in some pertinent field. Such fields could include, but are not limited to applied mathematics, epidemiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, physics, engineering, or computer science
  • Research experience in applied mathematical modeling (epidemiology or evolutionary biology are preferred, but not required)
  • Familiarity with at least two of the following mathematical modeling techniques: ODEs, PDEs, SDEs, Game Theory, Cellular Automata, Network Theory, Decision Theory, and Agent Based Modeling
  • Ability to write clearly and scientifically (e.g. to produce drafts of papers for publication in scientific journals and web-based public outreach without too much oversight); evidence of successful prior publication is a plus
  • Ability to work/communicate with a multidisciplinary team
  • Fluency in a mathematical programming environment (preferably Matlab, but Mathematica, R, Python, or equivalent are also acceptable)
The Fefferman Lab is affiliated with the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, the Department of Mathematics, and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the UT-Knoxville. The candidate will be welcome to participate in any/all of these communities.

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Review of applications will begin 1 May 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Ideal start date: September 1, 2018.

How to apply: you must complete an application on our online registration system:

  1. Click here to access the system
  2. Login or register
  3. Complete your user profile (if you haven't already)
  4. Find "Postdoctoral Fellowship: Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems" under Current Events Open for Application and click on Apply

You will be asked to upload a single PDF document, organized as follows:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Full CV

For more information, contact Nina H. Fefferman at nina.h.fefferman@gmail.com.


Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Species Distribution Modeling and Conservation

Applications are currently being accepted for a postdoctoral position in species distribution modeling and conservation at NIMBioS and in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This is a full-time, one year position.

The postdoctoral fellow will work with UT faculty (Paul Armsworth, Xingli Giam and Mona Papeş) as part of an interdisciplinary team researching how to account for the combined effects of land use change and climate change when designing conservation strategies for the Appalachian region. The postdoc will help collate relevant data on current species distributions, future climate scenarios and other variables to estimate projected shifts in species distributions within the Appalachian region. The individual will work with others to integrate resulting biodiversity data with data from other project components focused on modeling land use change in optimization analyses intended to inform future land protection strategies. This work will provide the individual with experience of a range of interdisciplinary techniques and approaches relevant to conservation science.

The postdoc will join a community of postdoctoral scholars at NIMBioS and UT Knoxville's ecology program, one of the top 10 percent of ecology units in the U.S. UT-Knoxville is a vibrant campus located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Within the U.S., the region is a hotspot for biodiversity and is projected to lie at the forefront of future efforts to conserve U.S. species in a changing climate.

Applicants for the position should have a PhD in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography or other relevant discipline, strong quantitative and computational skills, and proficiency in English. Experience with GIS and analysis of spatial ecological data are essential.

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Review of applications will begin 15 June 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Ideal start date: September 1, 2018.

How to apply: you must complete an application on our online registration system:

  1. Click here to access the system
  2. Login or register
  3. Complete your user profile (if you haven't already)
  4. Find "Postdoctoral Fellowship: Species Distribution Modeling and Conservation" under Current Events Open for Application and click on Apply

You will be asked to upload a single PDF document, organized as follows:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Full CV

For more information, contact Paul Armsworth at p.armsworth@utk.edu.


Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spatial Biology

Applications are currently being accepted for a postdoctoral position in spatial biology in the Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) at NIMBioS in collaboration with the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is a full-time, two-year position, with the potential for a limited-time-period renewal.

The postdoctoral fellow will integrate remote sensing tools with publicly available data to answer interdisciplinary topics in Global Environmental Change (with possible foci in macroecology, physiology, and environmental sociology and economics). The fellow will be expected to participate in and contribute to NIMBioS activities. Technical remote sensing expertise is required, specifically experience in data-fusion techniques and in working with multiple types of remotely sensed data (multispectral + hyperspectral or multispectral + radar or multipectral + lidar, etc.). The most competitive candidates would have had experience collating, processing, and analyzing large datasets (e.g., biodiversity, physiology, climate, agriculture/land-use, economic trade) at the regional and/or global scale(s) and have published some of this work in leading peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by Xingli Giam (EEB), Monica Papeş (EEB and SAL), and Kimberly Sheldon (EEB).

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Review of applications will begin 15 June 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Start date flexible, but not later than 31 August 2018.

How to apply: you must complete an application on our online registration system:

  1. Click here to access the system
  2. Login or register
  3. Complete your user profile (if you haven't already)
  4. Find "Postdoctoral Fellowship: Spatial Biology" under Current Events Open for Application and click on Apply

You will be asked to upload a single PDF document, organized as follows:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Full CV

For more information, contact Mona Papeş at mpapes@utk.edu.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

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