Postdoctoral Position in Computational Modeling

Data Exploration Lab

A postdoctoral position is available in the Data Exploration Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in association with the department of Plant Biology, in the School of Integrative Biology, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Matthew Turk and Dr. Amy Marshall-Colon are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a project funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) aimed at generating virtual crops. This project includes development of a computational framework with a web-based user interface for integrating existing biological models and visualizing the output of the combined model network. The project postdoc will work closely with faculty and staff at NCSA as well as Dr. Marshall-Colon's team in the department of Plant Biology, and collaborators in the labs of Dr. Stephen Long, Illinois, Dr. Jonathan Lynch, Penn State.

The duties of the project postdoc will focus on model integration and development of the computational framework for combining biological models including the model integration package, web-based user interface, and model visualization.

Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: computational modeling, multi-scale and/or integrative modeling, scientific visualization, web-based user interface design, and data interoperability.

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • A strong publication record from their PhD (papers published, in press, or submitted).
  • Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Scientific software development.
  • Experience with open source development best practices and tools.

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field. The position is available for 2 years, with the first year as a probationary period, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits. Application review will begin March 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, but ideally Summer 2018 as we are looking to fill the position as soon as possible. All materials should be submitted to Dr. Turk and Dr. Marshall-Colon for consideration. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please put “postdoc application” in the subject line of your email.

Any offer for this position is contingent upon your successful completion of a criminal background check process in accordance with the University of Illinois Background Check Policy. Once an offer has been made and accepted, as part of the hiring process, you will receive an email from The background check process will not begin until you provide authorization by responding to the email from Please respond promptly to this request.

For further information about the Data Exploration Lab, visit the lab page at:

For further information about the Marshall-Colon lab, or the Plant Biology department at the University of Illinois, visit the faculty page at:

Matthew Turk
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois

Amy Marshall-Colon
Department of Plant Biology
University of Illinois

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