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Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program


The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology is pleased to announce new programming that will lay the foundation for collaborations at the intersection of mathematics and biology across the nation and the globe.

Faculty Search Tenure-Track Faculty Position at Northwestern University

To ensure full consideration, all materials should be submitted by November 15, 2019.
The Department of Molecular Biosciences 
seeks to recruit a tenure-track faculty member at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, whose research addresses fundamental problems in biology using computational and/or theoretical methods. We are interested in exceptional and innovative scholars holding a Ph.D. degree with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both research and teaching, and a strong expertise in statistics, mathematical modeling, machine learning or data science. Areas of expertise include but are not limited to single-cell approaches, multi-omic studies, genome biology, evolution, imaging analysis, microbiomics, and structure-based design.

Applicants should submit (in PDF format) a cover letter, CV, description of research plans, and a statement of teaching interests. Applications must be submitted electronically. Please request at least three letters of recommendation; details on preparing and submitting the application can be found hereThe anticipated start date is January 2021.  Inquiries can be sent to

Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Application Deadline: January 24, 2020
Program Dates*: June 22, 2020 – August 21, 2020
The Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program offers summer research fellowships to undergraduates. This program allows undergraduate students majoring in biology, engineering, mathematics, or physics to participate in hands-on laboratory or computational research that applies mathematical concepts and methodology to understanding mechanisms in biology. If selected, leadership will match you with a faculty mentor. Participants will be encouraged to attend activities such as, faculty research presentations; day trip to a local museum or Argonne National Laboratory; a presentation on applying to graduate school; and other cohort outings. Participants in the program receive a taxable stipend of approximately $4,000. To be considered for this program, applicants must currently be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors with demonstrated interests in the mathematical biology and/or developmental biology. Click here for application instructions.

Pilot Projects Program

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
The Center will award seed funding to two pilot projects that are closely aligned with the central research mission of the Center. The CQuB, one of four national centers funded by the National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation, is focused on “transforming our understanding of organismal growth and development through quantitative approaches”. Pilot projects should be high-risk high-reward research, interdisciplinary in nature, and be working at the interface of biology and mathematics. Selected projects will be funded for one year for up to $40,000 direct costs each.  Click here for application instructions.

Visiting Scholars Program 

Application Deadline: rolling submission
The Center is investing in a community of visiting scholars to enhance the intellectual environment at the Center, at Northwestern University, and beyond.  We hope our Visiting Scholars Program will lay the foundation for interdisciplinary quantitative biology research at an international level. The Center for Quantitative Biology’s Visiting Scholar Program is accepting applications for one to six-month appointments at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  The Center is looking for scholars interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research at the interface of mathematics and biology.  Click here for application instructions.

Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020
The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology’s Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology recognizes outstanding undergraduate research in quantitative biology. Up to five ­finalists will be invited to present posters describing their research at the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology Annual Conference, to be held on November 16-17, 2018 at Northwestern University. Awardees will be chosen based on the content and presentation of their research projects. Prize: 1st: $1000; 2nd: $750; 3rd: $500  Click here for application instructions.

Postdoctoral Positions

Application Deadline: rolling submission
The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at Northwestern University is a place where mathematical scientists and developmental biologists intensely work together on a broad range of questions arising from investigations into the biology of animal development. The scientific goals of the Center require new approaches to studying the growth and development of living organisms. To promote innovation and creativity, the Center uses funds from the Simons Foundation and the NSF to provide salary and research support for postdoctoral fellows. Fellows conduct their research under the mentorship of one of the Center faculty as part of his/her research group. Supported postdoctoral fellows are designated Center for Quantitative Biology Scholars. Research groups seeking postdoctoral fellows include: Rosemary Braun, William Kath  Click here to find out more.

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