Umeå University, Mathematics PhD

Position ID: 2209-PHDMATHEVOLUTION [#13472]
Position Title: PhD position in modeling endosymbiosis
Position Type: Fellowship or award
Position Location: UmeåVasterbottens Lan 90187, Sweden [map]
Subject Area: Mathematical Modeling
Application Deadline: 2019/06/15 (accepting applications , listed until 2019/07/17)
Position Description:    

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A Ph.D. studentship in mathematics as related to modeling the evolution of endosymbiosis and the evolutionary origins of eukaryotes is available in the research group of Eric Libby at Umeå University in Sweden (http://ericlibby.github.io/). Candidates should have a quantitative background with an interest in building mathematical models of biological systems. The proposed work will feature interdisciplinary projects done in collaboration with Chris Kempes at the Santa Fe Institute.

Background for the project: A pivotal event for the evolution of life on earth was the endosymbiotic event in which two previously independent cells merged to give rise to what we now call mitochondria and eukaryotes. This event is thought to have occurred only once and account for the evolution of all large, complex life. Despite its importance, we do not understand the general principles that govern the probability or fitness consequences of an endosymbiotic event. The aim of this Swedish Research Council-funded PhD position is to address this significant knowledge gap by developing a theoretical framework based on mathematical models that can identify these principles. Useful modeling techniques include differential equations, network approaches, agent-based simulations, evolutionary analyses, probabilistic models, and allometric scaling analyses.

Qualifications: Candidates need to be skilled in both oral and written communication in English, and should be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with others. Certain coursework is needed in mathematics (contact Eric or see job posting for detailed information). Candidates need to have proficiency, but not necessarily documented, in working with computers and programming, e.g. in Matlab, Python, Julia, C++, or some other language. A good background in mathematics, differential equations, and/or programming is qualifying. Interest and knowledge of evolutionary biology, microbiology, and/or molecular biology is desirable but not necessary.

Apply: To apply see the official ad: https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/open-positions/phd-position-in-mathematical-modeling_263754/ The deadline is June 15, 2019 with an anticipated start date in the fall of 2019.

Questions: If there are any questions please contact Eric Libby at: Eric Libby Umeå University elibbyscience@gmail.com


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