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Training Program in Quantitative Biology and Ecology - Serrapilheira/ICTP-SAIFR

Deadline: 3 May 2021

Instituto Serrapilheira and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics – South American Institute for Fundamental Research (ICTP – SAIFR) are jointly launching the Training Program in Quantitative Biology and Ecology. The goal of the program is to prepare future generations of Brazilian and Latin American researchers in the life sciences with a focus on the use of tools from mathematics, physics and computer science.

They are seeking students who wish to tackle major questions and develop cutting-edge research in biology and ecology. In the long-term, they aim to produce a generation of highly trained young Brazilian and Latin American scientists with quantitative skills who will study complex biological systems.

Out of the 15 Lecturers of the course, 8 are based in Member States or Associated Countries of the European Research & Innovation Framework Programme. A big chance to connect and network with international renowned academics!

Candidates must have graduated from an undergraduate program or be planning to do so by December 31, 2021, at an institution of higher education in Brazil or another Latin American country. Those who are already in a graduate program (either master’s or doctoral) are also eligible.

Students with an academic background in any field are welcome. Although there is no requirement to have research experience in the biological sciences, students must be proficient in English, and have previous knowledge of differential and integral calculus (these requirements will be checked during the selection process).

The organisers seek curious students willing to plunge into each session and participate actively, asking questions, interacting, and collaborating to develop the group project, being open to new knowledge, approaches and perspectives.

The program provides intensive training to students who are at the beginning of their academic careers. In addition to immersion in the main topics in biology and ecology through direct contact with scientists from international institutions at the forefront in their respective fields, participants will receive training in the use of quantitative methods for solving the most cutting-edge problems in the life sciences.

Starting in 2022 (health conditions permitting), the program will offer a six-month in-person course divided into introductory (January-February) and advanced (March-June) modules, to be held in São Paulo at the ICTP-SAIFR facilities on the IFT-UNESP (São Paulo State University) campus. At the end of the modules, participants will develop a research proposal to continue their studies at the doctoral level and will be ready to compete for admission in PhD programs in the main centers of excellence worldwide. Applications for the 2022 program will open in August 2021.

In light of today’s necessary measures for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 training program will be held online in a shorter one-month version. In July of this year, the organisers will offer a four-week workshop for up to 50 participants.

The first 500 applicants will gain preference in the selection process. Therefore, candidates are recommended to prepare the necessary documentation in advance and pay attention to the date the application window opens (9 March 2021) to be able to start the application process as soon as possible.

Deadline: 3 May 2021

(Euraxess América Latina y el Caribe)

[Boletín SIUN 525, 4/5 de marzo de 2021]

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