Montana State University, Department of Mathematical Sciences

864 15239Position ID: MSUBozeman-POSTDOC [#15239]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Bozeman, Montana 59717, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Mathematical biology, dynamical systems, applied math
Application Deadline: finished (2019/11/18, finished 2020/12/19)
Position Description:    

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Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. The postdoctoral associate will work in the research group of Prof. Tomas Gedeon on the development and applications of a new modeling platform (DSGRN) for the dynamics of gene regulatory networks. This work is done in collaboration with groups at Rutgers and Duke Universities in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.  

DSGRN (Dynamic signatures generated by regulatory networks) is a novel method for examining the dynamics of causal interactions between cellular components. Unlike traditional ODE modeling, DSGRN provides a comprehensive description of dynamics across all of parameter space for gene regulatory networks without sampling either parameters or initial conditions. This global analysis is possible via methods in combinatorics, graph theory, and topology. This is an opportunity to work on a paradigm changing way of viewing dynamical systems.  

The postdoctoral researcher will have a range of projects to choose from, including applications, algorithms, and theoretical improvements to DSGRN. The applications include cell cycle dynamics, control of network phenotypes in cancer models, and interpretation of DSGRN parameters into biological contexts. Computational techniques include the construction of potential networks from time series data, algorithm development, and implementation of new DSGRN features. Theoretical aspects of the DSGRN include improvements in understanding and refining the information provided by DSGRN using techniques in dynamics and graph theory. 

 The position is for two years with no teaching requirement, and there will be opportunities to mentor undergraduate students. The researcher will have regular access to two on-site faculty in mathematics and several off-site faculty, including one in biology. 

Bozeman, MT is a thriving college town in a beautiful area with many outdoor activities. An ideal candidate will have a background in dynamical systems and modeling, programming in Python and C++, data science techniques of time series analysis, prior exposure to cell biology and gene regulation modeling, and a desire to work in the intersection of mathematics and cell biology. A successful candidate will have a background in dynamical systems and modeling, some programming experience with a willingness to learn Python, and a desire to work in the intersection of mathematics and cell biology.  

To apply please send a CV and a statement describing your research interests and prior research to The review of the applications starts on Nov. 1st and will continue until the position is filled. 

 The start date will be determined based on agreement with the candidate, but is expected to be between January 2020 and September 2020. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Tomas Gedeon at

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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