Postdoctoral Fellowships at NIMBioS

Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships at NIMBioS

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Since 2009, NIMBioS has provided opportunities for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and the biological sciences. Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for specific research questions on projects directed by UT faculty.

Targeted Postdoctoral Fellows will join the NIMBioS Fellow community. The NIMBioS community provides opportunities for collaboration with other Fellows, faculty, and numerous visiting researchers, career mentoring, career development workshops, grant-writing, outreach and education, and partner/spousal accommodation.

NIMBioS is committed to promoting diversity in all its activities. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, career stage, geography and type of home institution. Questions regarding diversity issues should be directed to Dr. Ernest Brothers, the NIMBioS Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement ( You can read more about our Diversity Plan on our NIMBioS Policies web page. The NIMBioS building is fully handicapped accessible.

For general questions about postdoctoral scholarship at NIMBioS, contact NIMBioS Associate Director for Postdoctoral Activities Brian O’Meara at For more specific questions about Targeted Fellowships, contact the specific faculty member associated with the current opportunities below.

Current Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships

Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems

Applications are currently being accepted for a postdoctoral position in mathematical modeling of biological systems at NIMBioS and in the Fefferman Lab at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is a full-time, one year position, with the potential for renewal.

The work involves mathematical modeling, focusing initially on analysis and simulations of difference and differential equation models of physiological processes. An ideal candidate would have some experience in at least one relevant area of applied bio-mathematical research. Beyond the initial project, this position will entail collaborating to design new mathematical models for a diversity of novel applications. Any candidate should be comfortable with a variety of modeling techniques and willing to learn new areas of modeling application in collaboration with interdisciplinary research teams. The researcher will be expected to help formulate mathematical models, characterize analytic properties of the systems, implement numerical simulations, take a primary role in preparing manuscripts for publication, contribute to a collaborative research group environment, and participate in preparation of new grant proposals.


  • Ph.D. in some pertinent field. Such fields could include, but are not limited to applied mathematics, epidemiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, physics, engineering, or computer science
  • Research experience in applied mathematical modeling (epidemiology or evolutionary biology are preferred, but not required)
  • Familiarity with at least two of the following mathematical modeling techniques: ODEs, PDEs, SDEs, Game Theory, Cellular Automata, Network Theory, Decision Theory, and Agent Based Modeling
  • Ability to write clearly and scientifically (e.g. to produce drafts of papers for publication in scientific journals and web-based public outreach without too much oversight); evidence of successful prior publication is a plus
  • Ability to work/communicate with a multidisciplinary team
  • Fluency in a mathematical programming environment (preferably Matlab, but MathematicaRPython, or equivalent are also acceptable)

The Fefferman Lab is affiliated with the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, the Department of Mathematics, and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the UT-Knoxville. The candidate will be welcome to participate in any/all of these communities.

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Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Ideal start date: Fall 2018.

How to apply: you must complete an application on our online registration system:

  1. Click here to access the system
  2. Login or register
  3. Complete your user profile (if you haven’t already)
  4. Find “Postdoctoral Fellowship: Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems” under Current Events Open for Application and click on Apply

You will be asked to upload a single PDF document, organized as follows:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Full CV

For more information, contact Nina H. Fefferman at