[Coral-List] PhD Computational biology of sponges and corals
jaapk at science.uva.nl
Thu Oct 5 09:36:20 EDT 2006
PhD Student for the project ``A Visual Exploration environment for
Analyzing gene Regulation in Developmental processes (VEARD)''
The Section computational Science (University of Amsterdam) has a vacancy
for a PhD Student for the project ``A Visual Exploration environment for
Analyzing gene Regulation in Developmental processes (VEARD)'' Full-time
(38 hours per week)
The project is financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Research, NWO, research program Visual Interactive Effective Worlds (VIEW).
The project is a collaboration with the research group from Prof. R. van
Liere of the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam.
In this project we propose to develop visualization techniques for
quantitative research on complex shaped and variable biological and
simulated objects and techniques for the visualization of abstract
n-dimensional parameter spaces in models of gene regulatory networks.
The project aims to develop methods and tools to extract and present
geometrical information from spatial measurements and simulation, to develop
visualization methods to compare simulation models and measured data, and
techniques for the navigation of morphometric parameter spaces (morphospaces)
and model parameter spaces. We will focus on a prototypical case study: gene
regulation of development in metazoans with a relatively simple body plan
(sponges and scleractinian corals). Here we will closely collaborate with
Prof W.E.G. Mueller (Institut fuer Physiologische Chemie Johannes
Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Germany) and Prof D.J. Miller (Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology, James Cook University, Australia).
The PhD student Scientific Computing and visualization will work on a visual
exploration system suitable for analyzing bio-mechanical models of growth
and form, models of the genetic regulatory network controlling the
developmental process and methods for quantifying morphologies. The visual
exploration system will used to explore virtual morphospaces.
Candidates should have a master's degree (or equivalent) in scientific
computing or computational science, (computational) physics, chemistry,
biology or a comparable expertise. Candidates are also expected to have an
active interest in life science applications. Ability to operate in an
international research team. Fluency in oral and written English.
Further information can be obtained from : Dr Jaap A. Kaandorp, Section
Computational Science, University of Amsterdam, e-mail: jaapk at science.uva.nl.
More information (application procedure, deadlines etc.) is available on
the website http://www.uva.nl/vacatures
Dr. Jaap A. Kaandorp
Section Computational Science
Faculty of Science
University of Amsterdam
1098 SJ Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 5257539 / +31 20 5257462
email: jaapk at science.uva.nl
fax: +31 20 5257490
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