Postdoc position available for 3 years full-time
Data-driven math modelling of microbial eco-evolutionary dynamics
Postdoctoral Fellow at School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, USA, mentored by Prof. Sam Brown (Biology) and Prof Rachel Kuske (Math).
The Brown and Kuske labs at Georgia Tech invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow on data-driven math modelling of microbiome dynamics. This NSF-funded project seeks to identify general rules governing the ecological and evolutionary stability of microbial communities in the face of biotic (principally phage) perturbation, through a close integration of theory, synthetic microbiome experiments and data analysis. The project will involve collaboration with our experimental partners in Prof Edze Westra’s lab in the UK (https://westralab.wordpress.com/).
The Brown and Kuske labs are part of a thriving community of GT labs at the intersection of math and biology. Both labs are part of the Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection (CMDI), which brings a wealth of resources to support trainee development and community building. Check out our websites below for more information.
Competitive candidates will have experience in cross-disciplinary research spanning math modelling and simulation, preferably with connections to the life sciences. Desirable experience includes analyses of non-linear interactions in applied contexts and data-led model identification. Candidates will have a PhD (or close to completion) in fields such as Theoretical/Computational Life Sciences (eco-evolutionary dynamics a plus), Computational/Applied Mathematics or in a related field such as Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics or Computational Sciences.
The successful candidate will lead on the development of novel data-led eco-evolutionary theory, in close collaboration with experimentalists – including providing input on experimental design. Other core tasks include dissemination of results via publications and conferences. The Brown and Kuske labs have a strong commitment to mentorship, tailored to the career aspirations of each trainee. Depending on trainee goals, we can provide structured opportunities for outreach activities (e.g. programs via CMDI), teaching (opportunities in math, bio and math-bio) and fund-raising / project leadership (we have a strong track-record of securing independent fellowship awards for our trainees).
How To Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately, and we expect to make appointments in late 2023 or early 2024. If you are interested, please send an email to Sam Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a CV, a letter of interest, and contact info for 3 references.
Georgia Tech prides itself on its technological resources, (cross-disciplinary) collaborations, high-quality student body, and its commitment to building an outstanding and diverse community of learning, discovery, and creation. We strongly encourage applicants whose values align with our institutional values, as outlined in our Strategic Plan. These values include academic excellence, diversity of thought and experience, inquiry and innovation, collaboration and community, and ethical behavior and stewardship. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and activities supporting career advancement.
Brown lab: https://brownlab.biology.gatech.edu/
Kuske lab: https://sites.gatech.edu/rkuske7-home/
If you’re interested in working in the Brown lab (PhD, postdocs, fellowships), you can send your CV and a one page statement (outlining your research interests and experience, and how you see your interests combining with those of our group) to email@example.com.