PhD student 'Computational Biology'

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The project is financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) as part of the Visual Interactive Effective Worlds (VIEW) research programme.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with the research group of Prof. R. van Liere of the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam.

In this project we propose to develop visualization techniques for quantitative research on complex shaped and variable biological and simulated objects and techniques for the visualization of abstract n-dimensional parameter spaces in models of gene regulatory networks.

The aim of the project is to develop methods and tools to extract and present geometrical information from spatial measurements and simulation, to develop visualization methods to compare simulation models and measured data, and to develop techniques for the navigation of morphometric parameter spaces (morphospaces) and model parameter spaces.

We will focus on a prototypical case study: gene regulation of development in metazoans with a relatively simple body plan (sponges and scleractinian corals).

Here we will closely collaborate with Prof. W.E.G. Mueller (Institut fuer Physiologische Chemie Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Germany) and Prof. D.J. Miller (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, James Cook University, Australia).


• Master's degree (or equivalent) in Scientific Computing, Computational Science, Physics / Computational Physics, Chemistry, Biology or a related field • Active interest in life science applications • Ability to operate in an international research team • Fluency in oral and written English.

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Further information can be obtained from

Dr Jaap A. Kaandorp,
Informatics Institute,
University of Amsterdam,
Kruislaan 403,
1098 SJ,
The Netherlands

tel. +31 20 525 7539;

email: jaapk [at]

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