30 Nov 2020

Fixed-term Model Curators / Physiome Editors

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAnywhere

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Job Description

  • Multiple roles available
  • Multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment
  • 3 year Fixed-Term

Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau / The University of Auckland 

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are seeking a number of Model Curators to join the Physiome team in the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI). The ABI leads the development and support of the Physiome Model Repository (https://models.physiomeproject.org/), a repository that now contains more than 800 version controlled workspaces encompassing a large variety of computational models contributed by scientists from around the world. We have also established and contribute to the development of several standard formats for encoding the computational models and simulation experiments to ensure they are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). Furthermore, we have recently launched the Physiome journal (https://journal.physiomeproject.org) to further encourage the physiological modelling community to ensure their work is FAIR. The ABI Physiome team is also responsible for a model curation service provided by the Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling (https://reproduciblebiomodels.org/), a service working with scientific journals to help improve the reproducibility of published models.

Additionally, specific research projects at the ABI have grant objectives which require the curation of models targeting specific scientific applications. These range, for example, from epithelial transport in the kidney, lungs, and stomach, through to the modulation of organ function by stimulating peripheral nerves. To aid the scientific progress of these projects, curation of these models will emphasise the reusability aspects of FAIR, primarily to aid the automated composition of the individual models into more complex, “super models”. The results of such targeted curation will often be captured in new articles submitted to Physiome, often in collaboration with the original authors of the models.

Individuals appointed to these positions will be responsible for curating submissions to Physiome and models as required to meet the targeted curation grant objectives. This may require the addition of further knowledge to existing model descriptions and in some cases the encoding of the model and simulation experiments in appropriate standard formats. For suitable applicants, there will also be the opportunity to join the editorial board of Physiome and help run the journal.

He kōrero mōu | About you

We are looking for applicants that have experience in developing and applying computational models of physiological processes and systems biology. Ideal applicants will also have:

  • Competence comprehending published scientific literature and the ability to extract appropriate mathematics, simulation experiments, and model parameters
  • The ability to multitask and manage several projects simultaneously in a timely manner
  • Some understanding of physiology and anatomy
  • Strong communication skills to apply to written documentation, issue management, and collaborating with colleagues and external partners.

For more detailed information about the responsibilities and requirements of the role, please review the Position Description 

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

The Auckland Bioengineering Institute is a unique partnership between scientists, engineers, clinicians and the community. Established in 2001, the Institute excels in world-class bioengineering research carried out by cross-faculty research teams, alongside clinical collaborators in the Auckland region. The ABI is located within The University of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest provider of medical, engineering and biomedical research, and ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

In addition to the opportunity to work on a broad range of research in this multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment, and work alongside a number of different people with different skillsets, the University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices and a culture that supports work-life balance
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

We also offer a 6.75% superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, discounted onsite childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information, please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Sunday 13th December 2020 and include an up to date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role, please get in touch with David Nickerson, Senior Research Fellow, for a confidential discussion on d.nickerson@auckland.ac.nz

While we are happy to answer questions by email, we ask that applications are submitted online.

Additional Information

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy  to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival. 

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an offshore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Sunday 13th December 2020

Job Categories: Science / Technology. Job Types: Fixed-term.

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