[Coral-List] Postdoc or PhD Student Computational Biology, visual analysis of Computer Tomography Scans of corals

Jaap Kaandorp J.A.Kaandorp at uva.nl
Fri Oct 9 08:41:41 EDT 2009

Postdoc or PhD Student Computational Biology, visual analysis of Computer Tomography Scans
of scleractinian corals

The research group of Prof. R. van Liere,  Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science
Amsterdam has a vacancy for a PhD Student or postdoc for the project `` A Visual Exploration
environment for Analyzing gene Regulation in Developmental processes''

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 Dr. J.A. Kaandorp (Section Computational Science, University
of 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.  In this part of
the project we will focus on the analysis of calcification in  3D images (Computer Tomography
Scans) of scleractinian corals. A better understanding of calcification in corals is of
fundamental importance in research on the potentially detrimental impact of increasing
atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, reducing ocean pH and carbonate ion concentrations
on the calcification process in corals.  The candidate is expected to collaborate
extensively with  biologists.

The position is open for  candidates at both the PhD or postdoc level.  Candidates should have
a master's degree (or equivalent) in computer science, mathematics, physics  or a comparable
expertise.  Candidates are expected to have expertise in 3D image processing and computational
geometry and have an active interest in life science applications.  The candidate should be
able to work in an international research team.  In the case of candidates applying for a postdoc
position: a strong research record, evidenced by a PhD thesis and papers published in
peer-reviewed journals. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Motivation to travel
to a different country and integrate efficiently in a new research team is fundamental.

More information
Further information can be obtained from :  Prof. R. van Liere,  Centre for Mathematics and
Computer Science, Robert.van.Liere at cwi.nl; Dr J. A. Kaandorp,  Section Computational Science,
University of Amsterdam; e-mail: J.A.Kaandorp at uva.nl

PhD level: This is a full-time appointment (38 hours a week) for a total of four years
Postdoc level: This will be a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) for a period of
three years.

Job application
Applications should include a letter of motivation, pdfs of most relevant publications and
a curriculum vitae. Please include the names and contact information of two references.
Applications should be sent by e-mail to Robert.van.Liere at cwi.nl The application period
will remain open until the position is filled; however, review of applications will
commence on  November, 2009, with the intent of filling the position as quickly as possible.

Dr. Jaap A. Kaandorp
Section Computational Science
Faculty of Science
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 107 (new address name from 1-1-2009) 
1098 XG Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 5257539 / +31 20 5257462
email: J.A.Kaandorp at uva.nl (please note new email address from 20-5-2008)
fax: +31 20 525.7419
URL: http://www.science.uva.nl/~jaapk/

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