The University of Sydney

Position ID: 382-RESEARCHASSOCIATE [#11610, 2516/1217]
Position Title: Research Associate in Mathematical Biology

Position Location: Sydney Australia, Australia [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2018/01/29 finished (2018/01/11, finished 2018/08/05, listed until 2018/07/11)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed. ***

School of Mathematics and Statistics
Reference No. 2516/1217
Closing date: 29 Jan 2018. •
  • Level A (Step 6), full time, fixed term for 2.5 years; •

  • Remuneration: $92,682 p.a. (which includes leave loading and up to 17% superannuation).

    About the opportunity

    Do you want to be part of a vibrant and collegial community of world-class mathematicians and statisticians?

    We currently seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mathematical Biology to work in the area of cancer and/or immune modelling.

    Our energetic team of four academics and several PhD students covers a range of topics including the mathematical modelling of oncolytic virotherapy, tumour stroma and tumour microenvironments, immune dynamics (in contexts with or without cancer) and immune checkpoint blockades. The mathematical modelling techniques include ordinary, partial, and delay differential equations, applied bifurcation theory and agent-based models and cover both analytic and computational investigations. There is a range of data available from our experimental collaborators which will be used to guide and optimise the models. We have a range of project directions that can suit your interests and are open to discussing possibilities.

    The funding for your position will come from the Australian Research Council through its Discovery Grant scheme with Chief Investigators Peter Kim (School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney), Dr Federico Frascoli (Department of Mathematics, Swinburne University of Technology), A/Prof Adelle Coster (School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales), and Prof Chae-Ok Yun (Department of Biomedical Engineering, Hanyang University). The project is titled "Dynamical systems theory and mathematical modelling of viral infections”, will be administered by the University of Sydney, and is funded for a two-and-a-half-year period July 2018 to Dec 2020.

    In this role, you will •

  • develop mathematical and computational models of cancer and/or immune dynamics; •

  • formulate models using frameworks including ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, or agent-based models as appropriate; •

  • participate in all aspects of the project, as well as presenting research results at seminars, conferences, and workshops; •

  • be part of the research team, which includes visiting and communicating with Prof Chae-Ok Yun at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea; •

  • write scholarly papers for publication in academic journals; •

  • teach undergraduate courses (approximately 26 hours of lectures per year and the equivalent of 24 hours of tutorials per year).

    To qualify for this position, the candidate will need to demonstrate: •

  • a PhD in mathematics, mathematical physics, computational biology, or related fields; •

  • a publication record in mathematical biology or related fields.

    The position is full-time fixed-term for two and a half years, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees. Visa sponsorship and some assistance towards travelling cost may be available if required.

    If appointed, you will be based at the University of Sydney and will work with A/Prof Peter Kim in collaboration with Dr Federico Frascoli (Swinburne University of Technology), and A/Prof Adelle Coster (UNSW).

    To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the selection criteria on the University of Sydney careers website, listed below.

    About us

    We’re Australia's first university and have a global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

    The School of Mathematics and Statistics is a leading centre for research and education in the mathematical sciences in Australia. We attract outstanding undergraduate students and have a large cohort of postgraduate research students. The large cohort of postgraduate research students and many overseas visitors benefit from, and help to sustain, a world-class research environment. The school attracts a strong body of excellent students as well as Australian Research Council grants, fellowships, and other competitive external funding.

    The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

    Late applications will be accepted but can not be guaranteed consideration. Applicants seeking appointment at higher levels than those advertised should in the first instance contact the Head of School, Professor Jacqui Ramagge, for a discussion. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


    All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 2516/1217 for more information and to apply.

    General enquiries can be directed to For specific academic enquires please contact Peter Kim at

    CLOSING DATE: 29 Jan 2018 (11.30pm Sydney time)

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