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Sunday, June 21, 2009

TweetThis! PhD Student Position in Theoretical Physics at Integrated Science Lab (IceLab), Umeå University, Sweden

PhD Student Position in Theoretical Physics at Integrated Science Lab (IceLab), Umeå University, Sweden

Umeå University - with its 29,000 students and over 4,000 employees - is an organisation in constant change and development. Umeå Universityconducts groundbreaking research within several areas - several in which we are among the best in the world - within others regarded as the leaders in Sweden. We are one of Sweden’s largest providers of education and offer a broad and attractive range of courses and programmes. Our campus constitutes an inspiring environment for everyone that studies and works here. We wish to co-operate with companies and organisations throughout the Umeå region and all over the world.

PhD Student Position in Theoretical Physics at Integrated Science Lab (IceLab)
The Department of Physics at Umeå University has a staff of approximately 90 people, including 12 professors, 28 researchers/teachers with a PhD degree, approximately 35 PhD students, a technical/administrative staff of about ten, and several individuals in temporary employment positions such as post docs. The department does active research in the areas of interdisciplinary physics of complex systems, optical physics, condensed matter physics, plasma and space physics, and theoretical physics.

We are looking for an exceptional PhD student to join our interdisciplinary group at the newly started Integrated Science Lab, where we work on solving problems of the life sciences using tools from physics, mathematics, and computer science. Hosted by the Department of Physics at Umeå University, this is a full-time position over a period of four years, during which an opportunity for part-time teaching may be offered. The expected start date is September 1, 2009.

The PhD student will contribute to the ongoing project “Mapping and modelling of information flow in living systems,” which seeks to answer the question: How do information, communication, and structure co-evolve in living systems? We are interested in, for example, the interactions between bacteria and their environments on an evolutionary timescale, the effects human interactions have on communication and the spreading of diseases across social networks, and how these structures change over time. To approach these problems, we work with many different techniques. For example, to comprehend the flow of information through the complex structure of living systems, we develop information-theoretic clustering tools. To better understand how the structure affects communication conditions and, vice versa, how ongoing communication affects the structure, we take a modelling approach and simulate the different systems. To connect our theory to real-life observations and exchange knowledge with experts outside our own field, we collaborate with physicists, biologists, and sociologists both nationally and internationally.

For this project, the PhD student is expected to do analytical and computational work and develop models and tools to study the role of information in living systems. The successful candidate should have excellent programming skills and experience in C, C++, Java, Matlab, Perl, and/or Python. Moreover, the candidate should have a strong record in theoretical physics and/or computer science.

Prerequisites include either (i) 240 ECTS credits (swe. Högskolepoäng) of higher education studies of which 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level) in physics or similar relevant field, or (ii) 120 Swedish (old) credits (swe. Poäng; corresponding to 180 ECTS credits) of highereducation studies if they were taken before July 1, 2007 or equivalent competence.

The application should include a description of past research accomplishments, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of references.

For further information, contact Martin Rosvall, martin.rosvall@physics.umu.se, www.tp.umu.se/~rosvall, or Petter Holme, petter.holme@physics.umu.se, www.tp.umu.se/~holme.

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SECO civil, +46-(0)90-786 52 96, and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

Applications will be discarded or, if the applicant so wishes, returned two years after the position has been filled. Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format. Documents sent by mail should be sent in three copies.

Your complete application, marked with reference number 313-564-09, should be sent to jobb[ at ]umu.se (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive August 14, 2009 at the latest.

Closing date: August 14, 2009

Source: http://www8.umu.se/umu/aktuellt/arkiv/lediga_tjanster/313-564-09.html

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