Post-Doctoral Research Associate- Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the research group of Dr. Tian Hong at the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB), the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK).  Work in the group involves using mathematical modeling and data analysis to produce useful biological information and concepts that current theories cannot provide. Examples of the biological topics include epithelial cell plasticity in development and metastasis, development of motor neurons, differentiation of immune cells, and gene regulatory networks in plant and yeast cells. All of these projects are in close collaborations with experimentalists. The group is also interested in developing theories and methods that are broadly useful in biology. The group is affiliated with National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at UTK, which offers a vibrant environment for mathematical and computational biologists with a variety of collaborative education, outreach and research programs.

More information about the research group can be found at 


Specific responsibilities for this position include:

  • Construction and analysis of mathematical models for biological systems
  • Collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Preparation and presentation of results in open literature journals and at relevant conferences

Minimum Required Education and Experience:

  • A PhD degree in mathematics, computational biology, bioinformatics, or any other natural science and engineering field
  • A publication track record in relevant areas
Minimum Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic programming skills
  • Familiarity with mathematical modeling using differential equations
  • Basic knowledge in statistics
  • Good understanding of molecular and cellular level biology
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to a scientific audience
Preferred Education and Experience

  • Proficient in at least in one of the following languages: Python, R, Julia, Mathematica
  • Research experience with chemical reaction network theory, graph theory, and/or machine learning
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams with both modelers and experimentalists
Additional Information

  • Inquiries can be sent to Tian Hong
  • Please attach the following electronic documents to the application: CV, and the names and email addresses at least three references
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled
  • This position is a full-time assignment for 2 years with possible extensions, contingent on successful performance and continued funding
The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Biochem/Cell & Molec Biology
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Sep 3, 2021, 11:23:22 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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