Two junior researcher positions available in Spain

September 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Two MARIE-CURIE Early Stage Researcher (ESR9 and ESR10) positions at IIM-CSIC, Vigo (Spain) in the field of Computational Systems Biology. Fellow ESR9 will focus on mathematical model selection and optimal experimental design in systems biology. The main objective will be to use optimal experimental design methods to devise the necessary dynamic experiments for E. colihomeostasis modelling. Candidates should have a strong background in mathematical modelling, statistics and nonlinear analysis.Fellow ESR10 will focus on advanced model identification and parameter estimation in systems biology. The main objective will be to devise new model calibration methods and to apply them to compute the parameters of E. coli homeostasis dynamic models from experimental (input-output) data. Candidates should have a strong background in mathematical modelling, statistics and, ideally, software development and high performance scientific computing.


Early Stage Researcher means less than 4 years of experience, e.g. PhD student.

These ESRs will be hired for 36 months each and will be expected to pursue a PhD. Candidates must be in possession of a relevant Masters degree (or very close to obtaining it) at the time of appointment. The position requires a good knowledge of English language (Spanish is not mandatory) and the interest to work in the interdisciplinary field of systems biology.

Salary will be excellent, according to EU regulations (Marie Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher). The network will provide an excellent opportunity for scientific and personal development, with regular training events and meetings across Europe.


Geographic mobility and eligibility requirements for Early Stage Researchers apply. The candidates:

1.- should not have a PhD

2.- should have less than 4 years of research experience

2.- must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host institution (Spain) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment

How to apply

Applicants should submit by email to julio AT a: (i) detailed cover letter outlining their research agenda, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) scanned copies of degree certificates,  and  (iv) the names and email addresses of two confidential references. Deadline: apply as soon as possible, and not later than 1 March 2012.

Primary supervisor: Julio R. Banga, IIM-CSIC, Vigo (Spain)

For further information on the position, contact Julio R. Banga ( ).

For the scientific background of the group, please visit

Further information


These positions will be hosted by the BioProcess Engineering Group at IIM-CSIC, Vigo (Spain)

More info:

CSIC is the Spanish National Research Council, which is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe ( )


These positions are part of an FP7 MARIE-CURIE ITN TRAINING NETWORK


This network is composed of nine groups from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. The project team is multidisciplinary, incorporating microbial physiology, chemistry, molecular biology and protein biophysics, advanced spectroscopy and microscopy, deep-sequencing technologies and ab initio modeling. The aim of the program is to advance our understanding of the homeostatic mechanisms of bacteria via predictive modeling and state-of-the-art experimental approaches. The focus of NICHE is on ion homeostasis in Escherichia coli, which includes cell physiology, membrane biology and ultrastructural analyses of the cells under ionic and osmotic stress conditions.

Hertz Foundation Fellowship

September 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

The Hertz Foundation invites applications for Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships.  Deadline Oct 29.  US residents/citizens only.  This is from their web page:

The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. These fields include applied mathematics, statistics, and quantitative aspects of modern biology.

Here, “applied” is broadly construed to mean fields of endeavor in which one applies, invents, and/or develops results from the basic physical sciences to generate solutions to problems of comparatively near-term, widespread human interest.

The Foundation’s efforts complement the applied physical sciences portion of the NSF’s graduate fellowship program (and the Foundation coordinates with the NSF periodically). The Foundation does not support study in pursuit of the M.D. Degree or work in descriptive biology, although it may support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program.

The following is an illustrative (but not exclusive) list of the fields in which we have recently supported Hertz Fellows. Note, however, that it is up to each fellowship applicant to advocate to us his or her specific field of interest as an “applied physical science”.

Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Physics and Astronomy
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Earth and Geo Sciences
Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Nuclear Engineering
Materials Science
Quantitative Biology and Bio-Engineering

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