(Research Opportunities)

Research opportunities currently exist for both graduate students and prospective postdoctoral scholars.

Prospective PhD students should apply to one of these graduate programs:
Computer Science
Mathematical, Computational, and Systems Biology,
mentioning my name in your application. Please note that my current research approaches all require a strong mathematical background and an interest in computational science. I am currently recruiting for the following projects:

Project: Gene Regulation Network (GRN) inference
In collaboration with UCI biologists, we will use pioneering GRN mathematical models along with machine learning based inference methods to computationally understand the gene regulation network that determines early endoderm patterning in vertebrates. (For much more detailed background see my computational biology papers, particularly on transcriptional regulation and development.)

Project: Modeling languages for computational biology and AI
We will seek and exploit useful overlap between formally defined scientific modeling languages we have developed for computational biology, including machine-learning techniques for model reduction, and the “probabilistic programming” approach to general-purpose high-level machine learning in artificial intelligence (AI).

Other projects may also be possible; see my recent publications for current interests.

A postdoctoral scholar position is possible in accordance with the following UCI advertisement:

Position: Postdoctoral Scholars
Institute for Genomics & Bioinformatics
Department of Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

The Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics and the Department of Computer Science at UC Irvine has a full-time postdoctoral scholar position available in the area of mathematical methods for machine learning and computational science. The successful application will conduct research in Professor Eric Mjolsness’s research group and their responsibilities will include conducting basic research on high-level mathematical languages and new mathematical methods for modeling complex datasets, including gene expression data, spatiotemporal data, and relational data.

Further responsibilities include research presentations and technical writing, as well as collaborating with graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty in the department.

It is preferred that applicants should have strong research experience, publications and broad knowledge in the foregoing fields of research. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science, the physical sciences, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, or a closely-related discipline. Strong mathematical skills are required. Strong software experience including both numerical and symbolic programming and computer algebra is preferred.

The salary range for this position will be commensurate with training and experience. The appointment will initially be for a one-year period with extensions to additional years possible subject to availability of funding. Earliest date of appointment is January 15, 2014.

Interested applicants should apply by email to Eric Mjolsness, emj@uci.edu , with a subject line containing “Application for postdoctoral position in Mjolsness group.” Applicants should attach curriculum vitae in PDF format to their application, including a list of publications and the names and addresses of three references. Applicants who are unable to apply electronically should send their application by mail to:

Prof. Eric Mjolsness,
Department of Computer Science
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences 

University of California, Irvine
6082 Donald Bren Hall
CA 92697-3435

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