[Taxacom] FW: Scientific Programmer position in Mathematical Biology

Evgeniy Meyke evgeniy.meyke at helsinki.fi
Tue Feb 5 10:02:11 CST 2008



From: owner-mrg-group at helsinki.fi [mailto:owner-mrg-group at helsinki.fi] On Behalf Of Otso Ovaskainen
Sent: 5. helmikuuta 2008 16:01
To: bio-tiede at helsinki.fi; mrg-group at helsinki.fi
Subject: Scientific Programmer position in Mathematical Biology


The Mathematical Biology Group at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland (leader Dr. Otso Ovaskainen) is seeking an outstanding, highly motivated Scientific Programmer. The position is available for 2 years, with the possibility of a 3-year extension.


The candidate is required to have a MS degree (PhD degree being counted as an advantage) in computer science, computational biology, bioinformatics, statistics, engineering, math, or a related field. The main selection criterion is the applicant's ability and experience in scientific computing with both functional languages (Mathematica) and object-oriented languages such as C# (Microsoft Visual Studio), Object Pascal (CodeGear Delphi), or C++ (CodeGear C++ Builder). In particular, expertise with advanced matrix operations (e.g. sparse matrix algebra), MCMC computations (e.g. adaptive Bayesian methods), and spatial statistics is appreciated.


The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining algorithms used in research projects at the interface between mathematics and ecology and evolutionary biology. The main emphasis is on developing efficient algorithms for computationally heavy problems, but the work involves also development and documentation of user-friendly interfaces.


The Mathematical Biology group is part of the Metapopulation Research Group (leader prof. Ilkka Hanski), which is a Centre of Excellence in Research supported by the Academy of Finland. We offer an international research environment with excellent possibilities to cooperate with experts in mathematics, statistics, population biology, and evolutionary ecology. Salary and social benefits according to the University of Helsinki Salary system, depending on the experience and performance of the employee (2,300 - 3,500 € / month).

Applications including a short CV (max 3 pages) and the e-mail addresses of two researchers willing to write a letter of reference should be sent to otso.ovaskainen at helsinki.fi with cc to tuuli.ojala at helsinki.fi; write "scientific programmer" on the subject line. For more details on our research projects and on the application procedure, see http://www.helsinki.fi/science/metapop/MBG/positions/index.htm


Deadline for applications 14th March 2008, starting date 1st May 2008 (negotiable).



Otso Ovaskainen
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
P.O. BOX 65 (Viikinkaari 1)
00014 University of Helsinki

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