Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics

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At the Faculty of Science there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative, interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international community and wonderfully diverse.

Two open positions in Theoretical Biology and Bioinformatics

Four-year teaching position in Computational Biology

Life is the most complex natural system on the planet. We believe that a computational approach of analyzing big data and modeling is essential to understanding complex life processes. For the new Molecular and Biophysical Life Sciences (MBLS) bachelor program at Utrecht University (UU), we seek an ambitious assistant professor (UD) to help us teaching this approach to bachelor students. Are you interested in developing a novel teaching program in computational biology (bioinformatics, biophysics, modeling, programming and statistics)? Do you want to be inspired by a unique computational biology environment and collaborate with a team of enthusiastic teachers of both the Biology department and the other departments participating in MBLS?

September 2021 will be the start of a new English-spoken interdisciplinary bachelor Life Sciences program of the Faculty of Sciences at UU (MBLS). You will coordinate courses in computer programming, help us to develop courses in Bioinformatics and Modeling, in Biophysics, and in Statistics. You will both teach part of these courses and support the other teachers of the MBLS program. You will be appointed (for four years) in our Theoretical Biology and Bioinformatics group (TBB), with ample experience in teaching these subjects. The research of the group is diverse and fundamental, with subjects running from the immune system, plant development to evolution, and modeling approaches varying from purely mathematical to agent-based modeling. We intensively collaborate with other life science groups in the Faculty of Science.

You (preferentially) have a PhD in modeling biological systems, bioinformatics or biophysics, and have a keen interest in answering biological questions using computational approaches. You have a passion for teaching computational biology, and are a team player who enjoys collaborating with other teachers. You will work in the Theoretical Biology and Bioinformatics group (TBB) to develop the teaching of computational biology in the novel MBLS bachelor program (MBLS). The research groups within the TBB group function together, sharing offices, their computer cluster, teaching, and group talks. As a staff member you are expected to enthusiastically contribute your own expertise to this diverse team.

The position is now open until 10 March 2021: please apply via the following link. For information please contact Prof.dr. Rob J. de Boer via email to R.J.DeBoer@uu.nl.

Tenure-track position Theoretical Biology

Life is the most complex natural system on the planet. We believe that modeling complex life processes from evolution to development is essential to understanding them. We seek an ambitious and excellent researcher to join us as a new group leader in this mission. Are you interested in developing or expanding your research line in computational or mathematical modelling? Do you want to be inspired by a unique computational biology environment and collaborate with excellent experimental biologists at the Utrecht Science Park and beyond?

As a full staff member of the Theoretical Biology group at UU you are given the opportunity to (further) develop your own research line in modelling biological systems, in almost any discipline in Biology. The research of the group is diverse and fundamental, with subjects running from the immune system, plant development to evolution, and modeling approaches varying from purely mathematical to agent-based modeling (see TBB). Computationally, the group is well equipped, with an inhouse Linux cluster, and high-performance computing facilities on campus. The group has no wet laboratory, yet intensively collaborates with experimental groups, both within the same building, within the University and abroad. Through recruiting students for internships and writing successful grant applications for PhD students and postdocs you are given the opportunity to form your own research group within the Theoretical Biology group. You will participate in (some of) our teaching in statistics, programming in R, and the analysis and development of simple ODE models, to biology students of the department of Biology.

You have a PhD in modeling biological systems, have published excellent papers on this topic, and have a keen interest in answering biological questions using computational and/or mathematical models. You are a team player who enjoys collaborating with experimental biologists. You have a passion for teaching theoretical biology. Both for teaching bachelor biology students (elementary modeling with ODEs, computer programming, and/or statistics), as well as for supervising state-of-the-art research projects to MSc and PhD students. You are an expert in both the biology and the modeling of at least one discipline in biology. You have excellent writing skills and will use these to write and defend competitive research proposals.

This tenure track position is open at the level of an assistant professor. Together with Bioinformaticians we form a Theoretical Biology and Bioinformatics group (TBB), which uses computational biology, bioinformatics, modelling, and big data to address both fundamental and applied questions in the life sciences. We are members of the Utrecht University complexity centre and the Utrecht Bioinformatics centre. TBB staff members independently run their own research lab, composed of MSc students, PhD students and postdocs, yet both for research and teaching all staff and group members collaborate intensively. The research groups function together within the TBB group, sharing offices, their computer cluster, teaching, and group talks. As a staff member you are expected to enthusiastically contribute your own expertise to this diverse team.

The position is now open until 28 February 2021: please apply via the following link. For information please contact Prof.dr. Rob J. de Boer via email to R.J.DeBoer@uu.nl.