Friday, June 12, 2009

Post Doc in quantitative modeling of viral dynamics and evolution

A postdoctoral position in quantitative modeling of viral dynamics and evolution is available under the direction of Prof. Joshua Weitz (School of Biology, Georgia Tech). The postdoc will work in an interdisciplinary research group of biologists, physicists, and computer scientists. The postdoc will collaborate on research focusing on bacteriophage dynamics and evolution, at the molecular and ecological scales. Specific project goals will be to develop gene regulatory models of viral exploitation and link intracellular dynamics to long-term changes in viral functional traits at the population scale. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to develop new research projects at the interface of systems biology, theoretical ecology & dynamical systems.

The position will provide competitive salaries and benefits. The postdoc will be based in the School of Biology at Georgia Tech, with a preferred start date of September 2009, though the start date is flexible. The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal up to three years subject to satisfactory progress and mutual agreement.

REQUIREMENTS: (1) PhD in computational biology, physics, mathematics, microbiology, ecology or related area; (2) Demonstrated research excellence; (3) Strong quantitative skills; (4) Strong oral and written communication skills. Ideal candidates from the biological sciences should have experience with scientific programming. Ideal candidates from the physical/mathematical sciences should have prior exposure to research in the biological sciences. However, outstanding applicants looking to broaden their field of interest will also be considered.

TO APPLY: Applications should be emailed to jsweitz(at) and consist of (1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, (2) the names and contact information for three references, (3) a curriculum vita (including publications). Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and continue until the position is filled.

ABOUT THE GROUP: The Weitz group is supported by grants from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the James F. McDonnell Foundation, DARPA, and the National Science Foundation. For more information, consult the Weitz group website or contact Joshua Weitz: jsweitz(at)

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