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PhD Position in Applied Math and Computational Biology

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The University of Bonn is an internationally operating research institution, with 200 years of history, around 38,000 students, more than 6,000 employees and an excellent reputation at home and abroad: the University of Bonn is one of the most important universities in Germany. In the last excellence initiative, the University of Bonn was able to secure six Clusters of Excellence, more than any other German institution, for research topics including mathematics and immunology. 
In this excellent scientific environment, our research group (https://www.mathematics-and-life-sciences.uni-bonn.de/en) develops and applies novel mathematical approaches and software tools for data analysis and modeling. The spectrum of applications spans oncology, immunology, and epidemiology. We are intensively collaborating with world-leading experts for mathematics, immunology and neurology. Currently, we are searching for multiple PhD students and Postdocs to complement our interdisciplinary team. 
Statistical inference for dynamical systems has applications in many different fields, including systems biology, economic modelling, epidemiological modelling, and physics-inspired simulations. The PhD student will develop a research project with broad flexibility in the topic. Possible topics include the development of methods in parameter estimation or other parts of model calibration, such as uncertainty quantification methods or model selection algorithms. With the group’s close connections to LIMES and the UKB, the PhD student will have access to collaborations with experimentalists, to apply statistical inference methods to real world problems. 
For more details, see: https://www.mathematics-and-life-sciences.uni-bonn.de/en/jobs 

Job description: 

  • Data management and statistical analysis of biological data (e.g., single-cell omics, high-throughput histology and patient data) and/or
  • Mathematical modeling of biological processes (incl. ordinary and partial differential equations, stochastic models) and/or
  • Development of statistical inference and machine learning methods.
  • Interpretation of analysis results.
  • Collaboration with biologists and medical researchers.
  • Publication of scientific results at conferences and in journals. 
  • Assistance with teaching and trainings (e.g., in mathematics or computer sciences). 

Your profile: 

  • Master degree in (bio-)informatics, computational biology, computer science, mathematics, physics, or related fields
  • Experience in some of the following fields: mathematical modelling (e.g., ODEs and PDEs for biological processes), numerical optimization, machine learning, bioinformatics, and high-performance computing
  • Programming skills (preferably Python or C++)
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Passion for science and scientific work 

Our offer: 

  • Working in an innovative, well-equipped and scientifically stimulating environment
  • An international and diverse group of PhD students and Postdocs
  • A professional career development program for both PhD students and Postdocs
  • Initial contract for 3 years with a standard public service salary (PhD student: 75% TV EntgO Bund EG 13) 

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome. 

The deadline for the application round is March 15, 2022.

Application documents (cover letter, CV, certificates, contact details of two referees) should be submitted as soon as possible as a single PDF file via email.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jan Hasenauer, [email protected]


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