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Research Training Group in Mathematical Biology at NC State University: Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Positions Available

We are looking to hire two postdocs and up to five PhD students as part of an NSF-funded Research Training Group (RTG) in the mathematical sciences at North Carolina State University (http://rtg.math.ncsu.edu). Our program, titled “Parameter Estimation for Mechanistic Biological Models”, focuses on mathematical modeling of biological systems and challenges that arise in confronting these models with real-world data. Mathematical and statistical questions of particular interest include parameter estimation, uncertainty quantification and experimental design. Biological emphases are broad and are not limited to any particular system or scale of organization, although current group members focus mostly on physiology (e.g. cardiovascular dynamics and tissue dynamics) and population biology (e.g. ecology, epidemiology, evolution and within-host dynamics).

Our RTG involves a number of projects, each of which involve vertically-integrated teams of faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students. Active participation in RTG activities, such as a seminar series and workshops, is expected.

Graduate Fellowships:

PhD students will be supported on an RTG fellowship, with a competitive stipend, for up to three years of their PhD program. Each PhD student will have a primary advisor drawn from the RTG faculty. In addition, students will receive mentorship from RTG postdocs and will have the opportunity to work with undergraduate students.

Potential students should apply to one of the participating NC State PhD programs: biomathematics (http://www.ncsu.edu/biomath), mathematics/applied mathematics (http://www.math.ncsu.edu) or statistics (http://www.stat.ncsu.edu), although we anticipate that the majority of positions will be awarded through the biomathematics program. Each program’s website has further information on their application process and a link to NC State’s online graduate application system. Students who apply to mathematics or statistics programs should send a separate email to Alun Lloyd, alun_lloyd@ncsu.edu, to express their interest in the RTG program.

Postdoctoral Positions:

Each postdoc will have a primary advisor drawn from the RTG faculty, but will be expected to work with more than one of these groups and contribute to mentoring group members. RTG postdocs will teach one course per semester for the mathematics department. Postdoctoral appointments are for three years, conditional on satisfactory progress. All applicants must hold a PhD in the mathematical sciences (or in a related discipline) or be a graduate student who will complete such a PhD before taking up the position. Through the mathjobs.org system, applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research statement, publication list and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. Appointments will start in January 2014 or later. We will begin considering applications immediately and will continue to review applications until both positions are filled.

All applicants (graduate and postdoc) must be US citizens, nationals or permanent residents in order to be considered for NSF funding.

See http://rtg.math.ncsu.edu for more details about our RTG and for further details of these positions. Inquiries may also be directed to Alun Lloyd (RTG Director): alun_lloyd@ncsu.edu