Postdoctoral Fellowship – Modelling & analysis of metabolic & cell signalling systems Now Closed.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Systems Biology Group of the Hamilton Institute at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The vacancy is in the area of modelling and analysis of metabolic and cell signalling systems, with particular emphasis on developing mathematical models of the brain energy metabolism.
A key theme of the Systems Biology activity at the Hamilton Institute is ‘A Systems Understanding of Neurodegeneration’, and gaining insights into the mechanisms of brain energy metabolism is essential to advancing our knowledge in this area. The advertised position fits naturally into this programme through its focus on the development of mathematical models of metabolic trafficking between neurons and astrocytes, based on real-time in-vivo concentration measurements. Working in close collaboration with experimentalists in Maynooth and Oxford, the overall aim of the project is to develop quantitative models that can help test biological hypotheses concerning the mechanisms by which the brain acquires and uses energy.

The candidate should hold a PhD in Engineering/Applied Mathematics or a related field, and have a sound scientific record in the area of mathematical modelling. Some degree of familiarity with modelling biological or medical processes would be an advantage. Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills are required. In addition, the candidate should be a team player who is capable of working with a minimum of supervision.

A contract of up to 2 years duration will be offered to the successful candidate with salary in the band 40,000 to 48,000 Euros per annum.

The Hamilton Institute is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and a stimulating research environment.

For further information on the Hamilton Institute, please also refer to the following website: Further information can be obtained from Peter Wellstead (

To apply for this post, candidates should submit a detailed CV, including a list of publications, motivation letter, a summary of recent projects, scientific interests and expertise, as well as the names and addresses of two referees for letters of recommendation to: The closing date for applications is 28th August 2007.

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