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PhD Positions: Mathematical Modelling and Analysis of Cell Death closed

Applications are invited for two PhD positions in the Systems Biology Group of the Hamilton Institute at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The vacancies are in the area of mathematical modeling and analysis of cell death.

The advertised positions are part of a Higher Education Authority investment for a National Biophotonics Imaging Platform (NBIP) for Ireland. NBIP is the largest European network in Biological Imaging and its mission is to provide an integrated national infrastructure in research, education, technology development and industry collaboration for Biophotonics and Imaging.

The Systems Biology Group at the Hamilton Institute in collaboration with the Department of Physiology and Medical Physics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, will develop new algorithmic methods that perform the transition from temporal/spatial images to a quantitative mathematical representation of the corresponding dynamical variations (as part of the Image to Mathematical Model Transition (IMMT) facility of the NBIP).

In particular, the advertised vacancies will be focussed on (but not limited to) the following application areas:

(1) Systems analysis of effector caspase activation models.

Candidates interested in the above application area should hold a degree in Engineering/Applied Mathematics or a related field. Some background in biology or biochemistry is highly desirable.

(2) Mathematical modelling of the mechanisms of cell death.

Candidates interested in the above application area should hold a degree in Biochemistry/Biophysics/Bioinformatics/Engineering or a related field.

In both cases, applicants should have a sound scientific record in the area of mathematical modelling and model analysis. Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills are required, as is proficiency in both written and spoken English.

The positions are available for a four-year period.

For further information on the Hamilton Institute and the Systems Biology Group, please refer to: www.hamilton.ie and www.systemsbiology.ie. Additional information about the posts can be obtained from Dimitris Kalamatianos (dimitris.kalamatianos @ nuim.ie).

To apply, candidates should submit a detailed CV, including a list of publications (if available), motivation letter, scientific interests, as well as the names and addresses of two referees for letters of recommendation to: hamilton @ nuim.ie. The start date of the projects is January 2008 but can be negotiable.

posted 2007.12.04