Modeling Complex Systems
University of Idaho
The University of Idaho seeks to hire two tenure track faculty at the assistant or associate level who have modeling skills that can be applied to biological systems. We seek modelers who are creative in applying their skills to new problems, who are good at communicating across disciplines, and who see themselves thriving in our highly collaborative environment. Faculty appointments and teaching assignments will be in academic units appropriate to the training and expertise of the successful candidates. The area of modeling expertise is open, but we are particularly interested to grow research capacity in mathematical biology (including both deterministic and stochastic processes); data analytics; machine learning; systems modeling; or molecular modeling.
The successful candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate with empirical researchers and other modelers in the Center for Modeling Complex Interactions (CMCI). CMCI is funded by the National Institutes of Health and serves as an epicenter for a vibrant research community at the University of Idaho. The concept behind CMCI is that interdisciplinary research is enhanced by regular interactions among researchers with diverse expertise. The current research projects within CMCI are numerous and diverse. These are formalized as CMCI Working Groups, which include faculty, postdoctoral and student modelers and empiricists. These grassroots groups create a powerful feedback between theory, empirical work, and analysis. Some current examples include using molecular modeling to predict immune escape mutations and spectral shifts in opsin proteins; studying the pathogenic effects of viral co-infection in Drosophila and mice; modeling how human social dynamics such as attitudes toward vaccination generate feedbacks with disease dynamics; using microbiome data to model population dynamics of microbial communities; and modeling the reproducibility crisis in science. Successful candidates will have an opportunity to join existing groups or form new groups aligned with their research interests. CMCI also works synergistically with the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST).
The University of Idaho is located in Moscow, Idaho, only eight miles from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, providing an academically and culturally rich community. Moscow is a friendly mid-sized community on the rolling hills of the Palouse, with great parks, bike paths, restaurants, farmers market and fantastic opportunities for recreation in the adjacent mountains and rivers. For more information about the University of Idaho, CMCI, IBEST and Moscow, go to http://www.uidaho.edu/
, and https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/
For a complete job description and to apply, go to https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/19513
Applications should include a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, a CV, a list of 3-4 people who can be contacted to provide references, and PDFs of up to 3 peer reviewed publications or submitted manuscripts. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017.
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