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					Biostatistics Team
INSERM U897 “Epidemiology and Biostatistics”

Applications are invited for a Research Associate, Mathematician/statistician, to work
on a joint BBSRC and French ANR systems biology project. The post holder will be
employed by the Biostatistics Team at INSERM U897 in Bordeaux (France) during 3
years. Created in 1964, Inserm is a public institution with a scientific and technical
vocation under the dual auspices of the ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher
Education and Research. Inserm is the only French public research body entirely
dedicated to human health. Its researchers are committed to studying all diseases
whether common or rare, through their research in the fields of biology, medicine and
public health.

The broad aim of the research programme is to understand how the homeostasis of T
cells of the immune system is regulated by signals from both cytokine and antigen
receptors. To address this issue we are taking advantage of a system biology
approach integrating immunology, mathematics and statistics. The post holder will be
a statistician/mathematician and will apply statistical and mathematical modelling to
the experimental data generated in order to gain a deeper understanding of the
homeostatic processes involved and also to inform experimental refinement. The post
holder will work closely with an Immunologist Research Associate on this project. The
Immunologist will be based at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research at Mill
Hill, London and employed by University College London.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject. The post holder must
have experience of modelling in biology using mathematical models and estimating
model parameters. The successful applicant must have skills in ordinary differential
equations system and writing programs. You must have excellent organisational and
problem solving skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. The
post holder must have the ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing in

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Rodolphe Thiébaut (rodolphe.thiebaut@isped.u- or Pr Robin Callard (

Salary will be €31,800 after tax per annum.

The job description for this post (which includes details of how to apply) can be
obtained from the website at Applications
should be sent to Rodolphe Thiébaut either by post or email.

The closing date for applications is: Thursday 31st January 2008 (5pm)

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