Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322 a year.
Full Time / Fixed Term Contract for up to 3.5 years
Closing date 27th June 2021
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview using Zoom on 20th July 2021
The two successful candidates will join the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB), which brings together outstanding scientists from our Schools of Mathematics, and Computer Science, and the Institute for Metabolism and Systems Research. The Centre is supported by core funding of £7M, with a further £4M of external research grants. A rapidly expanding group, the Centre currently consists of 3 Professors, 4 personal Research Fellowship holders, 6 post-doctoral researchers and 2 PhD students.
The two roles are available due to the award of an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship to Professor John Terry, the SMQB Director. The purpose of the Fellowship is to develop new mathematical models and aligned computational tools to better understand how perturbations to dynamic brain networks impact upon seizure likelihood. A further objective is to enable translation of this understanding into more accurate, diagnosis, prognosis and management of epilepsy.
Summary of Role
There are two 3.5 year positions available to work with Professor John Terry on the Established Career Fellowship “Seizures and the brain: The role of perturbed dynamic networks”.
Position 1: To develop mathematical models that describe perturbations to brain networks due to internal (e.g. hormones, drugs, sleep) and external (e.g. stimulation or surgery) factors. Developed models will be calibrated using a variety of clinical data sets. Made available through an international network of collaborators, these data have been collected from a variety of sources including brain imaging, wearable technologies and smart-phone apps. Models should have both explanatory and predictive capacity and working with the wider team, they will be translated into prototype decision support systems enabling better diagnosis, prognosis and management for people with epilepsy.
Position 2: To develop computational methods that facilitate mathematical model calibration from clinical datasets. These data have been collected from a variety of sources including brain imaging, wearable technologies and smart-phone apps and made available through an international network of collaborators. By personalising models describing perturbations to brain networks, due to internal (e.g. hormones, drugs, sleep) and external (e.g. stimulation or surgery) factors, this will facilitate their translation. The ultimate aim being the design of prototype decision support systems enabling better diagnosis, prognosis and management of epilepsy.
The successful candidates will be educated to PhD level and have experience in one or more of the following areas:
Position 1 mathematical models; complex networks, (nonautonomous) dynamical systems, bifurcation theory or numerical continuation. Having relevant experience in biology or medicine will be advantageous.
Position 2 computational methods; machine learning, data visualisation and analytics, artificial intelligence, Bayesian inference, or algorithm development. Having relevant aligned experience in biology, medicine, or wearable technologies will be advantageous.
Curiosity led, with exceptional communication skills, they will thrive working in a highly interdisciplinary environment. They will be equally happy communicating with theoreticians, clinicians, industrialists and people with lived experience of epilepsy. Finally, they will possess a demonstrable ability to write up scientific findings for publication in a timely and succinct manner.
To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This may include:
• Develop mathematical models (position 1) or computational methods (position 2) for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
• Contribute to developing new models, techniques, methods (and algorithms, position2)
• Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods
• Analyse and interpret data
• Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
• Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
• Contribute to writing bids for research funding
• Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
• Undertake management/administration arising from research
• Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
• Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
• Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
• Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
• Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
• Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture
• A higher degree relevant to research area (normally PhD) or equivalent qualifications
• Research experience and scholarship within the areas of nonautonomous dynamical systems, complex networks, or bifurcation theory (position 1) or machine learning, data visualisation and analytics, artificial intelligence, Bayesian Inference, or algorithm development (position 2)
• Programming experience including one or more of: MatLab, Python, C#
• High level analytical capability
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly
• Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
• Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
• Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
• Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
• Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.
Further particulars of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences can be found here: http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/MDSFPs.pdf
Information about the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine can be found at www.birmingham.ac.uk/smqb.
To apply for the role applicants must provide alongside their CV:
• answers to the required questions on the application form that clearly explain how you satisfy the essential criteria for the role, as detailed within the ‘Person specification’ section;
• A preference to be considered for position 1 (Mathematical models) or position 2 (Computational methods).
For further information please contact Dr Rebecca Ward, Centre Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
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