University of Texas at San Antonio, Mathematics Department

Position ID: UTSA-POSTDOCTORAL [#14681]
Position Title: Post Doctoral
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: San Antonio, Texas 78249, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2020/01/15help popup (making offers posted 2019/10/03, updated 2019/10/01, listed until 2020/01/15)
Position Description:    

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Post Doctoral Position:

The Department of Mathematics in the College of Sciences at The University of Texas at San Antonio invites applications for one postdoctoral fellow in the area of mathematical biology. The Department seeks exceptional candidates with a record and potential of high quality research and scholarship, with a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Postdoctoral fellows will be selected on a competitive basi. Postdoctoral activities include: (i) participation in interdisciplinary research related to multi-scale analysis and modeling of infectious disease (including epidemiology, vector dispersal, human-vector interactions, physiology, telemetry, systems biology, and computational drug discovery), (ii) participation in invited seminars at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and (iii) other professional and career development opportunities as listed below. The fellows' development will be enhanced through a program of structured mentoring activities. The goal of the mentoring program will be to provide the skills, knowledge and experience to prepare the fellows to excel in their career path, while making lasting contributions to science. Depending on the skills of the fellow, multiple mentors could be appointed. This position will be renewed on an academic calendar basis, maximum up to July 2022.

DUTIES: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (15%): Mentors will work with fellows to establish and implement an Individual Development Plan (IDP). At the beginning of the mentoring process, mentors will assess each fellow’s strengths and challenges, and will focus on the challenges of continued professional development. Mentors will encourage participation on workshops and seminars about teaching and learning. Mentors will meet regularly with fellows according to the following schedule: (i) monthly meetings to assess progress of research; general expectations will be communicated and evaluated in writing in these meetings, (ii) biweekly meetings to discuss data analysis, modeling, interpretation, and the foundational questions that will emerge from the extensive and carefully curated data sets available to the research group, and (iii) regular feedback through informal interactions. Fellows will be encouraged to attend departmental seminars and journal clubs at the Department of Mathematics, and other academic units at UTSA. Mentors will encourage fellows to attend two conferences each year, among others, the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the Joint Statistical Meetings, the ACM International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, the SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences, the annual meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and other venues as identified by the mentors. The position provides funds for such travel.

DUTIES: CAREER DEVELOPMENT (25%): Mentors will guide fellows to learn how to identify research funding opportunities and write competitive proposals. Mentors will offer fellows opportunities to network with visiting scholars who are leaders in their fields through social activities when they participate in each department’s visiting speaker series. Mentors will discuss career goals with fellows and describe how help can be provided to reach these goals. Fellows’ self-assessment will help to identify potential career options. Fellows will be required to design one course for one semester addressing foundational aspects of their research, with significant contribution of mathematics, statistics, and computer science, and teach it the following semester using the system for Adaptive Learning for Interdisciplinary Learning Environments (ALICE), developed by our group.

DUTIES: RESEARCH (60%): The postdoctoral fellows will be required to participate in research that addresses directly foundational aspects of multi-scale infectious disease. Participation in research that simply uses existing techniques to solve biological problems will be allowed, but it should not become the bulk of research activities.

TEAM: Fellows will join the research group led by Dr. Juan B. Gutierrez at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Mathematics.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have outstanding mathematical skills, a PhD in a relevant quantitative discipline (ABD not considered), and expertise in probabilistic models or statistical machine learning.

APPLYING: Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, research interests, teaching statement, publication list, and reference letters through Applications received by November 1st will receive full consideration; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. This position could start as early as December 1st, 2019.

UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
One UTSA Circle
Mathematics Department
San Antonio, TX 78249

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