ATMCS7 Torino July 25-29

ATMCS7: 25-29 July 2016 — Torino, Italy

We are excited to announce the 7th edition of Algebraic Topology: Computation, Methods, and Science (ATMCS), scheduled from 25-29 July 2016 in Torino, Italy! This conference is a joint effort of the Polytechnic University of Turin (Politecnico di Torino) and the ISI Foundation, to be hosted at the Politecnico.

We are now welcoming submissions for our Contributed sessions. For more information, please visit:
http://atmcs7.appliedtopology.org

The website is continually being updated with more logistical information, so be sure to check back often for updates. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, we are available at atmcs7@appliedtopology.org

Looking forward to seeing you in Torino in July!
– The ATMCS Team

Main Organizers for ATMCS7:
Vin de Silva, Pomona College, USA
Anthea Monod, Duke University, USA

Local Organizers:
Giovanni Petri, ISI Foundation, Italy
Francesco Vaccarino, ISI Foundation & Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University Medical Center

We are searching for a postdoctoral researcher commencing spring / summer 2016.

The Rabadan Lab (rabadan.c2b2.columbia.edu) is a multi-disciplinary team at the Columbia University Medical Center consisting of applied mathematicians, computational and evolutionary biologists, physicists, and physicians. As part of the Center for Topology of Cancer Evolution and Heterogeneity, we are building a vibrant community of researchers who use insights and techniques from computational topology to solve pressing biomedical problems. Research topics include:

  • How does HIV evolve and adapt within the host environment? Evolutionary trees may not be the best way to understand and visualize a viral population that recombines, draws upon a reservoir of archival virus, and starts and stops replicating in response to changes in treatment. Major decisions about the direction of HIV cure research are being made on the basis of evolutionary studies, and building accurate analytical tools for these studies is a priority. What topological structures, other than trees, can help us understand and communicate viral evolution?
  • How do tumors diversify as they develop? Single-cell and deep sequencing of tumors have revealed considerable heterogeneity in both solid and blood tumors. Therapies targeted to single genes that are mutated in only one part of the tumor – even the largest part of it – may fail to eradicate the entire disease. We are using methods of computational topology to visualize and analyze the genetic and transcriptomic relationships between different parts of tumors.

We are searching for a postdoctoral researcher who wants to work in a creative and collaborative environment on these and other questions related to human health and evolution, carcinogenesis, and microbial pathogens. Candidate qualifications include:

  • PhD in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or a computational science;
  • Experience building tools for computational topology and visualization of complex data;
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in biological and/or clinical questions;
  • Strong programming background and interest in building tools for the broader research community.

Candidates with only some of the above qualifications are also highly encouraged to apply – we are always looking for talented and dedicated pre- and post-doctoral scientists!

Application Process

Option 1: Please send CV and one or two relevant publications/pre-prints to me at dsr2131@columbia.edu. In your email, please highlight any important aspects of your experience. Recommendations/references are not necessary in your initial email, but may be requested for follow-up. I look forward to hearing from you!

Option 2: Follow instructions at

http://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=62376

Best wishes,

Daniel Scholes Rosenbloom

Equal Opportunity Employment

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer – Race/Gender/Disability/Veterans. It is committed to a workforce of faculty and staff that reflects the diversity and talent of New York City, the larger metropolitan area, and the nation. It is also committed to a working and learning environment supportive of its faculty and staff in their pursuit of productive and fulfilling professional and personal lives. See eoaa.columbia.edu for more information.

Local Hiring

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

Disability Accommodations

Columbia University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the position. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify: Manager of Return to Work Program, Office of Human Resources, at hrdisability@columbia.edu. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

PhD position at Queen Mary, University of London

PhD Studentship in Mathematics

We invite applications for a fully funded 3 years’ PhD studentship commencing in January 2016. The research project will deal with developing new topological and geometric algorithms for video data compression and with other problems of analysis of large data. The project will be sponsored by the Queen Mary, University of London and by the Penteract 28 and will be supervised by representatives of both institutions. The candidates must have basic knowledge of pure and applied mathematics; it is desirable that the candidates are familiar with geometry, topology, statistics, elements of computer science and data analysis.

The deadline for applications is: November 16, 2015.

The application procedure is described at
http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/subjects/mathematical-sciences/index.html

For further enquiries please contact Prof. Michael Farber (M.Farber@qmul.ac.uk) or Dr Danijela Horak (danijela.horak@gmail.com)

Funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research from the Center for Topology of Cancer Evolution and Heterogeneity

The Columbia University Center for Topology of Cancer Evolution and Heterogeneity has opened in May 2015 as an interdisciplinary center formed to develop an integrated experimental and computational approach for characterizing tumor evolution within solid tumors.

Clonal evolution and tumor heterogeneity are believed to play key roles in generating patient-specific variations in cancer phenotype and in the emergence of resistance to treatment during disease progression. Due to difficulties in performing longitudinal assessments and limitations in identifying the cell(s) of origin, the process of clonal evolution in solid tumors (such as prostate and brain cancers) is not well understood.  The Center, as part of the National Cancer Institute’s Physical Sciences in Oncology Network, will employ novel experimental techniques such as multi-color organoid systems for tracing cellular lineages, as well as innovative single-cell sequencing technologies. We are combining these methods with emerging approaches from topological data analysis that are well suited to analyzing the high-dimensional data that single-cell approaches generate.

The Center has announced its opening call for proposals for pilot grants. These grants are intended to facilitate collaborations between mathematicians/physicists and cancer researchers that will lead to innovative new applications for the analysis of large biological data sets. This year’s round of funding will support three projects, including:

  • one grant of $40,000 to support technology development and/or research involving wet lab experimentation
  • two grants of $20,000 each to support mathematical/computational research

The goal of this pilot grant program is to foster the development of new technologies and quantitative methods for the analysis of cancer genomic data. All applications must demonstrate close interdisciplinary collaboration between quantitative scientists and cancer biologists.

More information about the center and proposal requirements and deadlines can be found in the following link.

PhD position in Computational Topology and Geometry at TU Graz

The Institute of Geometry at Graz University of Technology offers a PhD position in the newly established research area “Computational Topology and Geometry”. The focus lies on the emerging field of persistent homology, a theory that turns homological algebra robust to noise and has paved the way to the topological analysis of real-world data. Besides theoretical aspects, the group works on algorithmic tools in the context of this data analysis techniques, on the connections to low- and high-dimensional computational geometry, and on applications of topological data analysis.

We offer a 4-year university assistant position (30 h/week) with a net salary of approximately 20,000 EUR per year. The position is available starting October 1 2015, and should be filled as soon as possible. The position is integrated into the field of expertise “Information, Communication, and Computing” at TU Graz, providing a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment. The graduate school “Discrete Mathematics” additionally contributes to the quality of TU Graz as a research center.

We are looking for outstanding students with a master’s degree in Mathematics/Computer Science or a closely related field. Knowledge in at least one of the fields computational geometry, computational topology, or algebraic topology, and programming skills, in particular in C++, are desirable.

Applications should include:
* a letter of application and motivation
* a detailed curriculum vitae
* a reference letter (for instance, by the Master thesis supervisor)
* email addresses of additional references (if applicable)
* a preferred starting date

and should be sent until August 23, 2015 using the reference number 5070/15/007 to (email is enough):

Technische Universität Graz
Dekan der Fakultät für Mathematik, Physik und Geodäsie
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Phys. Dr.rer.nat. Wolfgang Ernst
Petersgasse 16
A-8010 Graz
bewerbungen.tmtph@tugraz.at

For further questions, please contact Michael Kerber (mkerber@mpi-inf.mpg.de).

Women in Computational Topology

Brittany Fasy writes:

Recently, a listserv for women in Computational Topology was initiated. The idea is that we can use this mailing list to remind each other about upcoming deadlines, find out who is going to SoCG or CCCG next year, etc. Feel free to encourage others (men or women) to join our network too! If you are interested in joining, send a blank email to <WinCompTop+subscribe@googlegroups.com>. If you have any trouble joining or posting to the listserv, please email Brittany <brittany@fasy.us>.

Exercises in Materials Geometry and Topology

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Shape Up 2015
Exercises in Materials Geometry and Topology

Berlin (Germany), 14-18 September 2015
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Dear Scientists and Mathematicians,

We wish to announce our upcoming conference:

Shape Up 2015

Exercises in Materials Geometry and Topology

The conference will be an interdisciplinary discussion meeting on
patterns and geometry, and their role in biological and synthetic
microstructured materials and tissue.. We invite contributions
from biology, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, physics
and related fields addressing the genesis, properties and function
of complex nano-scale geometries, as well as underlying geometric
and topological concepts for the study of complex structure and shape..

The key areas of interest include:

* Geometric and topological concepts in soft condensed matter
* Characterization of structure and function
* Topological data analysis and image reconstruction
* Self-assembly of bi- and polycontinuous phases
* Negatively curved surfaces and hyperbolic geometry
* Structure enumeration & network-like phases
* Function of complex nanostructures in biology
* Bio-inspired design of materials
* Knots and entanglements in physics
* Emergence of chirality, order and the role of disorder
* Symmetry, graphs and discrete geometry
* Tessellations, area-minimising foams and packings
* Three-dimensional topology of cellular microstructures
* Pattern formation and complex structures in soft materials

The conference will run from Monday morning 14 September 2015 to the
late afternoon of Friday 18 September and will feature an extended
poster session, 15-20 contributed talks as well as invited lectures
by

* Simon Copar (U Ljubljana)
* Herbert Edelsbrunner (IST Austria)
* Karsten Grosse-Brauckmann (TU Darmstadt)
* Jemal Guven (U Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)
* Stephen Hyde (Australian National University)
* Motoko Kotani (Tohoku U)
* Rob Kusner (UMass Amherst)
* Jeremy Mason (Bogazici U)
* Elisabetta Matsumoto (Harvard U)
* Konstantin Mischaikow (Rutgers U)
* Piotr Pieranski (U Poznan)
* James Sethian (UC Berkeley)
* Ullrich Steiner (U Fribourg)
* John M. Sullivan (TU Berlin)
* Adam Squires (U Reading)
* Salvatore Torquato (U Princeton)
* Silvia Vignolini (U Cambridge)

The conference is hosted at the Technical University of Berlin on
Strasse des 17. Juni that leads right up to the famous Brandenburg Gate,
next to Reichstag, the parliament of Germany. Museum Island, Berliner
Philharmonie, Opera Houses, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Television Tower
and other famous sites are within a few kilometers walking distance and
are easily accessible via public transport that connects all of inner
Berlin – from vibrant Prenzlauer Berg to Gendarmenmarkt at the heart
of Berlin. All lectures and the poster session will take place at the
Institute of Mathematics, Strasse des 17. Juni 136.

We are inviting abstracts for contributed oral presentations and for
posters. We encourage you to use the latex-template on the website
(http://www.shape-up.academy/) and to include both attractive images
and references in your abstract. The deadline for abstract submission
is

***  31 May 2015  ***

Registration will open 15 June 2015.

We are hopeful of encouraging people from a wide variety of scientific
and mathematical backgrounds to attend. Any queries can be addressed
to the organising committee at shape-up@math.tu-berlin.de.

Best regards, and we hope to see you in Berlin,

The Organising Committee

Myfanwy Evans (TU Berlin), Andrew Kraynik (Sandia, (Ret.)), Frank Lutz
(TU Berlin), Gerd Schroeder-Turk (Murdoch) and Bodo Wilts (Fribourg)