I am currently recruiting MSc and PhD students for fall 2024 entry.

The MAGPIE (MAthematics, Genomics and Prediction in Infection and Evolution) group at SFU is inviting applicants for dedicated MAGPIE Studentships within the MSc and PhD programs in mathematics at SFU.

Become part of a dynamic cohort of graduate students who will collaborate, learn, and receive state-of-the-art training in interdisciplinary research methods. Students will join a vibrant and diverse research group with interests in genomic epidemiology, mathematical models in evolution, phylodynamics, and infectious disease modelling.

Our research interests range from fundamental questions about how and why pathogens evolve the way they do to applied work in collaboration with public health institutions on topics like COVID-19 transmission and the analysis of viral and bacterial genomes. Our research inspires new mathematical methods and tools, and new ways to analyze and interpret genomic data. We use these new methods to generate insights into how pathogens evolve and spread, in addition to more fundamental research on evolution.

Our graduate students will receive practical and theoretical training in infectious disease modelling, evolution, genomic epidemiology, and data science for infectious disease. They will have the opportunity to participate in a range of research projects and to work with our collaborating organizations in academia and public health. They will be able to attend national and international conferences, workshops and hackathons, develop their own research programs and make connections outside academia.

MAGPIE Studentship recipients will receive competitive graduate funding, including a reduced teaching load, as well as expectations of substantial research contributions.

We welcome applicants with strong undergraduate backgrounds in mathematics or related subjects, experience with programming, a keen interest in infectious disease and evolution, and a commitment to their own intellectual curiosity and how it can lead to an impact on our world.

For additional information about MAGPIE visit www.sfu.ca/magpie.

To apply, visit www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/apply.html. Please mention MAGPIE in your application.

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