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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Biology at Ryerson University

Department: Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Position supervisors: Dr. Silvana Ilie and Dr. Katrin Rohlf
Contract length: 1 year
Start: July 1, 2021 (negotiable)
Position type: Term vacancy
Deadline date: The screening process will start on February 10, 2021 and will continue until position is filled.

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About Computational Biology in the Department of Mathematics

A postdoctoral position is available in Computational Biology in the Department of Mathematics, Ryerson University. The research will be led jointly by Dr. Silvana Ilie and Dr. Katrin Rohlf.

The opportunity

This position provides an opportunity to engage in research in Applied Mathematics, with a limited amount of teaching.  The salary is competitive, with funding provided for one year.


We are seeking qualified and motivated applicants in Applied Mathematics, to work on interdisciplinary projects aimed at developing stochastic modelling and simulation tools for studying biological systems. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in Applied Mathematics (Numerical Analysis and Probability) and/or Computer Science. 

Strong programming skills in Matlab are mandatory. In addition, experience with dynamical systems (ODEs and PDEs) is expected. Knowledge of biological/chemical reaction modeling, stochastic simulation (temporal and spatio-temporal) and machine learning would be considered an asset.

How to apply

Please email your application to Dr. Katrin Rohlf and Dr. Silvana Ilie at Applications should be submitted in PDF or word formats. In the subject line please indicate: “Application”.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters should report on the candidate’s teaching abilities.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only candidates who are invited to an interview will be contacted.

Ryerson’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Aboriginal HR Consultant  for support during the selection process.

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While we are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all applicants, due to the situation regarding COVID-19, please be advised that Ryerson University ("Ryerson") reserves the right to pause a job competition at any stage in the process. Applicants will be notified in the event that the job competition process in which they are participating is suspended or paused. We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times. Thank you for your interest in Ryerson University.