Research Fellows (Grade 7)

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Job Description

There are two 3.5-year positions available to work with Professor John Terry (Director, Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine) on the EPSRC Established Career Fellowship “Seizures and the brain: The role of perturbed dynamic networks”. 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.

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.

Benefits

The successful candidate will join a dynamic research environment and receive strong mentoring and support in developing their own research interests, contributing to writing grants and generating research awards.

Job Requirements

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.

Person Specification

  • 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.

How To Apply

Apply through the University of Birmingham job site: https://bham.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobdetail.ftl?job=210000UX&tz=GMT%2B01%3A00&tzname=Europe%2FLondon.

Information about the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine can be found at www.birmingham.ac.uk/smqb. For further information please contact Dr Rebecca Ward, Centre Manager, r.j.ward.2@bham.ac.uk in the first instance.

To apply for the role applicants must provide alongside their CV:

  • answers to the required questions on the application website 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).

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview using Zoom on 20th July 2021

The closing date for applications is 27th June 2021.

 

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