University of Utah, Department of Mathematics

Position ID: UofUtah-PDCANCERECOLOGY [#19159]
Position Title: Three-Year Non-Faculty Postdoctoral Position
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Salt Lake City, Utah 84112, United States [map]
Subject Area: all areas of applied mathematics
Application Deadline: 2022/05/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/12/01)
Position Description:   URMs  

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The Department of Mathematics at the University of Utah invites applications for the following postdoctoral (non-faculty) position:

Subject: Postdoc opportunity: Modeling the Evolutionary Ecology of Cancer


The Adler lab at the University of Utah is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a project focused on building and testing data-driven models of dynamics of cancer cell interactions in systems ranging from the laboratory to patients.


The postdoctoral researcher will build on the PI’s previous collaborative work (Griffiths et al. Nature Cancer 2021; which uses a comprehensive modeling approach to quantify the evolution of resistance, and work in review that uses experiments and models to investigate interactions between resistant and sensitive cancer cells ( Specifically, the researcher will work with our team to model rich datasets of high-resolution genomic and growth data and then use these models to design new experiments and ultimately new treatments.  We particularly seek candidates with interdisciplinary experience including mathematics and ecology or evolutionary biology.


The postdoctoral researchers will be advised by Dr. Fred Adler (Mathematics, Ecology, Immunology, Oncology, University of Utah), who is a leader in the development of modeling methods that link across biological disciplines.  Dr. Andrea Bild, a systems biology expert, will provide experimental and patient level resources for model development. In addition, a broad array of collaborators will provide access to expertise, resources, and mentoring in fields ranging from mathematics, data science and bioinformatics to genetics, oncology, and immunology.


Required Qualifications

We seek a strongly-motivated, creative scientist driven to collaborate with a highly interdisciplinary group and uncover the ecological principles of cancer.  Applicants should have strong written and oral communication skills, and have a PhD in a quantitative science

(applied mathematics, computational biology, statistics or related disciplines) or life science with strong focus on mathematical modeling, computation or data analysis, ideally with experience in linking genetic data with evolutionary mechanisms.  


Additional Information

 his is a three to five year position with a possibility of further funding.


How to Apply

Please apply through mathjobs as described on  

through the link  


Make sure to indicate that you are applying for “Modeling the Evolutionary Ecology of Cancer” in your cover letter, and contact the PI directly with any questions.  mathjobs requests a teaching letter which is not required for this position, although opportunities for teaching are available and encouraged for interested applicants.


The Carnegie Foundation has placed the University of Utah in their “highest research activity” category, and the University of Utah is the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the spectacular Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with nine world-class ski resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City, and five national parks only a few hours away. Salt Lake City is the center of the Wasatch Front metropolitan area, with a population of approximately 2.6 million residents, has extensive arts and cultural activities, and has a major, newly renovated international airport, which serves as a principal Delta Airlines hub with direct flights to most U.S. cities, many cities in Canada and Mexico, as well as Paris, London, and Amsterdam. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, increasing diversity, and welcoming culture. In 2017, U.S News and World report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation.


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and educator, and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see:


The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
801 581-8307
Hiring Committee
Department of Mathematics
University of Utah
155 South 1400 East, JWB 233
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0090