Postdoc Fellowship: Integration of biological system morphogenesis across scales and species through computational modeling

By October 4, 2021 SC2 jobs

This project is related to Dr. Buganza Tepole’s effort as part of the Emergent Mechanisms in Biology of Robustness, Integration and Organization (EMBRIO) Institute. A core thrust of this Institute is to determine how multiple biochemical, biomechanical, and bioelectrical signals are integrated to control cell and organismal fate, how convergent and classical evolution have arrived at similar solutions to diverse biological problems, and especially how the integrative processes for morphogenesis scale from single cells to tissues to organisms.

As part of this Institute, Dr. Buganza Tepole leads the simulation and integration of mathematical models from different scales and species. To do so, physics-based models at different scales need to be rigorously up- and downscaled, expensive numerical solvers need to be replaced with efficient metamodels, and biological coupling terms needed for control of morphogenesis need to be identified from the data and simulations. The postdoctoral fellow sought in this project will help lead this core integration thrust. Advances in both traditional physics-based modeling and machine learning will be needed to carry out this integration. The Institute brings together a large group of PIs from different institutions, led by Dr. David Umulis, the Chair of the Weldon School of BME. More info.

Applicants with background on the following areas are sought:

  • Numerical solution of partial differential equations (PDEs)
  • Physics-informed machine learning

Additional qualifications that would make the application extremely competitive:

  • Experience in growth, remodeling and morphogenesis modeling

The goal of the Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Purdue Engineering is to attract and prepare outstanding individuals with recently awarded PhDs for a career in engineering academia through interdisciplinary research, training, and professional development.

The Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellows are selected not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements and proposed innovative interdisciplinary research but also for their potential for broader impact on industry and society. They undertake research with faculty mentors in different fields and participate in professional development activities tailored to their chosen path in academia.

Gilbreth Fellows will have two co-advisors. One faculty co-advisor must have a primary appointment in an Engineering school/division. The second must have a primary appointment in a different Engineering school/division or at a non-engineering department at Purdue. An additional third collaborator from within or outside Purdue can also participate in the project.

The Gilbreth Fellowship is a full time appointment and the Fellows undertake research with their faculty co-advisors, participate in professional development activities, and are required to prepare and submit short annual reports on their achievements.

Gilbreth Fellows are appointed for a two-year term, and receive an annual stipend of $70,000 and benefits. A $5,000 grant is also provided for professional development such as attending conferences or workshops and are mentored for their future academic careers through a variety of programs.

May 26, 2021: call to engineering faculty to post research topics on the LGPF website
July 15, 2021: website with proposed topics made live to interested applicants
October 31, 2021: Deadline to receive full application packets with recommendation letters
January 2022: the 2022 Lillian Gilbreth postdoc fellows announced; 2022 cohort fellows can start their assignments as early as February 2022.

Review the instructions for applying to the Lillian Gilbreth Postdoc Fellowship.