Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher (W20157)(Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program)

    RIKEN(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
    Computer science
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    25/11/2021 23:59 - Asia/Tokyo
    Japan › Saitama
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RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program
(Program Director: Tetsuo Hatsuda)

[Research Field]
"Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences program (iTHEMS)" (program director: T. Hatsuda) promotes interdisciplinary collaborations and creation of new interdisciplinary fields through the interactions among researchers in mathematics, theoretical sciences, and computational sciences. Also, iTHEMS aims at nurturing young scientists who cross the boundaries between different disciplines.

For more information, please refer to the Job posting URL
RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

[Job title and Job description]
Job title, available positions:
Postdoctoral Researcher, one position

Job description:
iTHEMS is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work closely with Catherine Beauchemin in the field of physics of dynamical systems; primarily applied to virophysics. Work will primarily consist in constructing mathematical and computer models describing the dynamics of a viral infection within a host (in vivo) or a cell culture (in vitro). The models are validated against or applied to experimental infection data (e.g., daily virus concentration levels collected over the course of the infection) using Bayesian parameter estimation via a Markov chain Monte Carlo method. The projects are not experimental in nature: the data used in our research is gathered elsewhere by our collaborators or is taken from the literature. Ideal candidates will hold a PhD in Physics (computational, quantum, particle, astro, theoretical) or Applied Mathematics, and have excellent written English skills. No experience with anything to do with biology or virology is required or expected. Fellows should possess programming skills in python (preferably) or C/C++, Octave/Matlab, should already be familiar with or willing to learn the typesetting language LaTeX, be comfortable with a Linux operating system, and have experience in implementing and solving ordinary and partial differential equation systems or cellular automata/agent-based systems.

Successful applicant is expected to not only pursue high quality research in virophysics but also promote interdisciplinary collaborations among different fields such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, life sciences, engineering, computational sciences, information sciences, and social sciences, under the concept of iTHEMS.

Candidates with questions about how their expertise can mesh with virophysics, and/or would like guidance on how best to articulate their research plan within the context of virophysics can contact Catherine Beauchemin (cbeau [at] riken.jp). More information about Prof. Prof.​​ Beauchemin's​​ research​​ can​​ be​​ found​​ at:
Virophysics​​ group's​​ website​​ and​​ Prof.​​ Catherine​​ Beauchemin's​​ page
from​ the​ above​ job​ posting​ offering​ URL.

[Work location]
Branch and address:
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

[Start of Employment]
April 1st, 2021 (Negotiable)

computational physics, numerical methods, dynamical systems, complex systems, bayesian statistics, parameter estimation

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1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of 3 years of from the initial date of hire.
2.RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee's abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee's center, laboratory or project and RIKEN's management situation and budget at the time. In principle, employment contracts will not be renewed for individuals older than 65 years.
3.The employee's period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).

This position falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available).
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equality Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities. When applicants are judged to be equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women applicants will be given preference.

Also, eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

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