Structure of Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences

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Position ID:MPIMiS-Structure of Evolution-POSTDOC [#10060]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Leipzig, Saxony 04103, Germany [map]
Subject Areas: Computer Science / Evolutionary Computing
Life sciences / Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Bioinformatics / Genome sequences and variation data
Computational Biology / Biophysics, Computational Biology, Computational, Quantitative or Systems Biology, Genomics, population genomics (more...)
Appl Deadline:2017/12/15 (posted 2017/10/05)
Position Description:    

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The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Mathematics in the Sciences is a research institute in Leipzig, Germany, dedicated to building bridges between mathematics and the natural sciences. Represented by its three directors, Profs. Jürgen Jost, Felix Otto and Bernd Sturmfels, the institute has world-class expertise in geometry, complex systems theory, PDEs and nonlinear algebra. A rich broader scientific environment, with the University of Leipzig, the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology and the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences all at walking distances, provide ample collaboration opportunities. The city of Leipzig, a historical cultural center of Germany, is considered among the most liveable in the country. (Berlin is 80 minutes away by train.)

The newly established Structure of Evolution group, led by Dr. Matteo Smerlak, has openings for one or more postdoctoral fellow positions. Working across disciplinary boundaries, our aim is to explore the predictive content of Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection. Are there laws of evolution, like there are, say, laws of thermodynamics—laws which apply to diverse systems and capture universal statistical regularities? Impressed with the remarkable ability of evolutionary theory to shed light on the history of life on Earth, Scriven (1959) famously wrote that

"[evolution's] great commitment and its profound illumination are to be found in its application to the lengthening past, not the distant future: in the tasks of explanation, not in those of prediction." 

Whether you study cancer evolution, genetic algorithms or another field where evolution plays a central role, if this statement sounds wrong—or incomplete—to you, please apply.

Particular consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate creativity, intuition and a genuine commitment to understanding the laws of nature (not the laws of academia). In particular, bibliometric impact and alma mater will not be important selection factors.

The position is for two years, and includes a competitive salary as well as self-managed travel and visitor allowances. The start date is flexible.

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Further Info:
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Dr. Matteo Smerlak
Inselstraße 22
04103 Leipzig

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