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Research Assistant (one year; M.Sc.-level) on the subject of multiscale modelling of the gut microbiota in infants
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Scientific Computing research group for a talented Research Assistant (one year; M.Sc.-level) on …
- Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 40 uur
- € 2672 - € 2672 per maand
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Scientific Computing research group for a talented Research Assistant (one year; M.Sc.-level) on the subject of multiscale modelling of the gut microbiota in infants.
The opening is a research position within the field of applied mathematics or computational science. The position may be prolonged to a period of maximum four years, in which case the candidate is expected to work towards an academic promotion. The one-year position will be financed by, and will be carried out in part at a large international Food Company.
The work will be embedded in the Biomodeling and Biosystems Analysis team at the CWI in Amsterdam. The group carries out biomodeling research with experimental collaborators, and focuses on modelling pattern formation and morphogenesis in multicellular organisms and bacterial ecosystems.
The central hypothesis of the project is that the intestinal microbiota of the infant contributes to the physiological performance. The microbial composition and metabolic product blend, due to digestion, are linked with each other. The microbial products can be produced with various physiological effects. The aim of this project is to identify control strategies for steering the microbial composition and the production of selected metabolic products by the gut microbiota.
The objective of the project is to further develop our existing, spatial, multiscale simulation platform of the gut microbiota (Van Hoek and Merks, BMC Systems Biology 2017) towards a platform that can be as a hypothesis generator for how nutritional composition and structure of dairy products is linked to digestive performance in the infants. The model includes detailed metabolism of bacterial populations based on flux-balance analysis, partial-differential equations to model the exchange of nutrients, and agent-based models of bacterial population dynamics.
Candidates are required to have a Master’s degree in applied mathematics, computational physics, theoretical biology, computer science or a related discipline, and able to communicate with scientists in biology and mathematics.
Preferable qualifications for candidates include proven research talent, excellent programming skills in C++, an excellent command of English, and good academic writing and presentation skills.
The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The gross monthly salary, for a Research Assistant on a full time basis, is €2672,- during the first year.
Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8,33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees.
Applications can be sent before 25th May 2018.
All applications should include a detailed resume, motivation letter, list of your MSc courses and grades, copy of your Master’s thesis and preferably a list of publications.
For more information about the vacancy, please contact prof. dr. Roeland Merks, email Roeland.Merks@cwi.nl, telephone +31(0)20 592 4117.