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E-News January 9, 2012

Editor: Sharene Bungay (


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1.  PIMS International Graduate Training Centre Fellowship
2.  Post-Doctoral Fellow – York University

3.  CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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The PIMS International Graduate Training Centre in Mathematical Biology
invites applicants for the IGTC fellowship for 2012-2013 academic year.
Fellowships are worth up to $10K a year and are for students working in
mathematical biology at Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)
universities (Alberta, British Columbia, Calgary, Regina, Saskatchewan,
Simon Fraser and Victoria).

If you have excellent students, either potential students applying now or
current students, please encourage them to apply.

There are also opportunities for students to enroll in the programme.
All students can benefit from IGTC graduate training elements including
annual research summits, summer courses, new term-time courses, seminars,
graduate student exchanges, and international visitors.

Full details of the IGTC Programme and application process can be found here:
If you have further questions, please contact the IGTC Programme Administrator,
Oriana Bella at or Programme Director Dan Coombs at

Application deadline is February 29, 2012.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Modelling Seasonal Influenza in-host (immunology) and between
hosts (epidemiology)

Centre for Disease Modelling and Department of Mathematics & Statistics,
York University

$35,000-$55,000 CAD per annum

Fixed term contract for up to 2 years

Seasonal influenza, also called inter-pandemic influenza, is a contagious
respiratory illness that causes annual epidemics worldwide, usually in the
winter season. It is easily caught, easily spread and evolves over time so
that host susceptibility remains throughout life. Seasonal influenza, thus,
poses a major challenge to hospitals (hospitalization of the sick) and
public health practices (administration of vaccine and antiviral drugs).

The successful candidate will develop models that can be used to capture
influenza dynamics and mutation within and between seasons. An in-host model
of influenza will also be developed to understand the effects of the immune
system and prior partial immunity on influenza evolution. The overriding
goal is to use these (immunology and/or epidemiology) models to understand
the evolution of influenza from past flu seasons, so that a better predictor
of dominant strains can be developed. This has implications in influenza
vaccine production.

An ideal candidate would have knowledge of optimal control and disease
modelling (particularly influenza), as well as experience in computer
simulation development. Knowledge of statistics and
biology/immunology/epidemiology would also be beneficial.

The position is based in the Centre for Disease Modelling and the
Mathematics & Statistics department at York University, and will be
under supervision of Dr Jane Heffernan and Dr Hanna Jankowski.

Please send CV and two reference letters to:

Jane Heffernan
Mathematics & Statistics
York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3 Canada

We will begin reviewing applications immediately.
Start date for the position is February 1, 2012.

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CAIMS*SCMAI  E-News Information

CAIMS*SCMAI E-News is distributed electronically several times a year by
the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society/Societe
Canadienne de Mathematiques Appliquees et Industrielles

Past issues are available on the web at Submissions are welcome and should
be sent in plain text format to:

Sharene Bungay, CAIMS-SCMAI Secretary,

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the
Board or Membership of CAIMS*SCMAI. The editorial policy of this
publication is to encourage the discussion of issues and facilitate the
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