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Postdoctoral Associate or Research Scientist

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate or Research Scientist
Faculty Rank: To Be Determined
Posting Number: SR0180039
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Position Summary:

Postdoc or Research Scientist in Systems Immunology:

Position Summary: The candidate’s primary responsibility will be to construct, analyze, simulate and optimize mathematical models of the molecular regulatory networks underlying the proliferation, differentiation and motility of cells of the innate immune system. The models will be expressed in terms of nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations representing gene expression, protein interactions, cytokine signaling and chemotaxis. When suitable single-cell data are available, these deterministic models of cell population will be translated into stochastic models of molecular interactions in single cells. Success will require (1) close attention to experimental details from our collaborators and from the literature, (2) expertise in building realistic models using chemical rate equations of intracellular reaction networks, of intercellular signaling, and of cell motility, (3) familiarity with nonlinear dynamical systems theory and numerical simulation of deterministic and stochastic models, and (4) facility using software tools for bifurcation analysis and parameter estimation.
The successful applicant will be expected (1) to make significant contributions to the conceptualization and conduct of the project, (2) to take a leading role in writing and publishing this research in peer-reviewed, high-impact scientific journals, and presenting the results at scientific meetings, (3) to participate in the preparation of grant proposals to garner further support for research in systems immunology, and (4) to teach advanced courses in systems biology as needed by the program. In addition, the person filling this position will be expected to participate in lab meetings, to interact productively with graduate and undergraduate students, and to help train, guide and mentor these students under the advisement of Dr. Tyson.

Required Qualifications:

Postdoctoral Associate: The candidate must have (1) a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., systems biology, biophysical chemistry, applied mathematics, molecular cell biology or computer science), (2) a demonstrable record of interdisciplinary research in molecular systems biology and/or computational cell biology, (3) peer-reviewed publications that document the candidate’s talent and productivity. In addition to a strong background in mathematical modeling, the successful candidate will need good interpersonal and communication skills in order to function effectively in an interdisciplinary team.

Research Scientist: The candidate must have (1) a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., systems biology, biophysical chemistry, applied mathematics, molecular cell biology or computer science), (2) demonstrated postdoctoral experience in computational cell biology, (3) a demonstrable record of interdisciplinary research in the general area of molecular systems biology, (4) expertise in dynamical systems theory, deterministic and stochastic modeling, and computer simulations and parameter estimation, (5) peer-reviewed publications that document the candidate’s expertise and productivity in these areas. In addition to a strong background in mathematical modeling, the successful candidate will need good interpersonal and communication skills in order to function effectively in an interdisciplinary team.

Preferred Qualifications:

Postdoctoral Associate: Knowledge and experience in the fields of (1) molecular and cellular immunology, (2) dynamical systems theory, (3) deterministic and stochastic modeling, (4) computer simulations and parameter estimation. Most importantly, we are looking for someone committed to a scientific career in molecular/cellular systems biology.

Research Scientist: Knowledge and experience in the fields of molecular and cellular immunology, and commitment to a scientific career in molecular/cellular systems biology.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Employment Comments:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 professional references to jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting #
SR0180039. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

How to Apply for this Job:
Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: One year appointment with possibility of renewal
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: $45,000 - $65,000, depending on qualifications
Department: Biological Sciences
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 03/16/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/15/2018
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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