Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mathematical Biology

Sydney, Australia
22 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty of Science

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in Mathematical Biology
  • Level A, full time, fixed term for 2.5 years starting 1 July 2018, Remuneration: $90K 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 A/Prof 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 mathematics courses

About you

We currently seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will demonstrate the following:

  • PhD in mathematics, mathematical physics, computational biology, or related fields
  • Publication record in mathematical biology or related fields
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out high quality research in mathematical biology or related fields
  • Demonstrated experience with scientific computing
  • Evidence of ability, versatility, and commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Experience in presenting at seminars or conferences.

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.

About us

Founded 160 years ago, 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.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 29 January 2018 (Sydney Time)

Late applications will be accepted but cannot 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 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.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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