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Postdoctoral Research Fellow


  • Cross-entropy Methods in Complex Biological Systems

  • The Cross-Entropy (CE) method provides a powerful new way to find superior solutions to complicated optimisation problems in biology, ranging from better design and implementation of medical treatments to an increased understanding of complex ecosystems. Dr Dirk Kroese is one of the pioneers of the CE method.

    This position, which is supported by the Australian Research Council, offers a unique opportunity to further enhance the theory and application scope of the CE method, by focusing on applications in Computational Biology. The successful applicant will work closely with Drs Dirk Kroese and Jonathan Keith. The role of the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be to undertake a detailed implementation of stochastic optimization methods and to conduct various numerical experiments that will contribute to the theoretical development of the CE ideas.

    Applicants must have a selection of advanced skills in computing, simulation, probability/statistics, optimization, graph theory, and preferably have some knowledge of biological systems. A PhD in a relevant topic is essential.

    This is a full-time fixed term position for three years available from late February 2005 until 31 December 2007 (this is negotiable), with the possibility of renewal subject to funding. The position is open to Australian and international candidates. The remuneration package will be in the range of $52,930 - $64,466 per annum, which includes employer superannuation contributions of 17% of salary.

    The the position description and selection criteria are available online at http://www.uq.edu.au/jobs/2004documents/epsa/1299732.doc

    For further information, please visit http://www.maths.uq.edu.au/~kroese or contact Dr Dirk Kroese by email (kroese@maths.uq.edu.au) or telephone ((07) 3365 3287).

    Send applications to:
    Dr Dirk Kroese
    The University of Queensland
    St Lucia QLD 4072
    Or e-mail kroese@maths.uq.edu.au

    Closing date for applications: 31 January 2005
    Reference Number: 1299732

    How to apply

    Applications are to be sent to the email address specified above or to the name and organisation unit shown at the address: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld 4072. Please quote the Reference Number and include

    • a covering letter that includes the vacancy reference number, your contact address and telephone number;
    • a curriculum vitae, that includes details of education and qualifications and the names and contact details of three referees; and
    • a statement addressing how each of the selection criteria have been met.
    Equal opportunity in employment is University policy