Computational and systems biology group at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA) is looking for a quantitatively trained and highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to expand and validate a virtual immune system: a mechanistic, multi-scale, and multi-cellular model of the immune system. In the model, immune cells are represented as discrete and autonomous entities in an agent-based framework in various compartments, while the extracellular environment is described as continuous concentrations by ordinary differential equations. Each cell is also modeled at additional molecular scales to capture the dynamics at the level of metabolism, gene regulation, and signal transduction, using various mathematical and computational approaches. In addition to life sciences research, we also develop technologies (such as Cell Collective) to make computational systems biology broadly accessible to users with varying computational background. More information about our group at http://helikarlab.org.
The researcher will work in collaboration with other members of the group, and will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects in an international and a highly interdisciplinary setting with laboratory scientists, computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
Essential qualifications and skills include:
- PhD in a quantitative subject such as computational biology, bioinformatics, engineering, mathematics, physics, and computer science, or equivalent.
- Deep understanding of immunology.
- Mastery of modeling frameworks (at least one of differential equations, agent-based modeling, logical modeling, and constraint-based modeling) and their use in multi-scale modeling of complex biological systems.
- Strong expertise in parametric estimation.
- Computational and programming competence ( (e.g., C++, MATLAB, and LINUX).
Desirable qualifications and skills include:
- Strong biology background (e.g., metabolism, signal transduction, immunology, host-pathogen interactions).
- Experience with extracting and manipulating large datasets from various databases, and integration of these data with predictive computational models.
- Experience with statistics and machine learning, especially in the context of multi-omics.
- Experience directly collaborating with wet-lab researchers.
The start date is immediate (but flexible depending on mutual agreement), and the position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed and considered as they are received, so get yours in soon! The contract is for one year with possibility to extend, depending on performance.
If interested, please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Tomas Helikar at thelikar2 at unl dot edu.
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