We are excited at Emergence@ASU to be collaborating with the Catalyst Collective! The Catalyst Collective builds bridges between artistic expression and scientific research to create art inspired by scientific discovery. As part of the collaboration Artist-in-Residence Phil Weaver-Stoesz and the Catalyst team are interacting with Emergence@ASU group members bringing art into the house of science, and science into the house of art. The collaboration will culminate in a performance on May 6th by the Catalyst team in downtown Phoenix. Stay tuned for more details!
The Emergence@ASU team has put out a new paper as part of a special theme issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A focused on "DNA as Information". The volume contains a number of fantastic papers addressing the role of information in biology. The full list of contributions may be found here.
We are excited to announce that Douglas Moore is joining Emergence@ASU as a new postdoctoral fellow. Doug has a background in theoretical physics and has studied fields as diverse as string theory and medical physics. He joins the lab as part of a new collaboration with Mike Levin's group at Tufts University to work on quantitative models for regeneration of biological networks, in particular focusing on how information directs pattern formation. Welcome to the team!
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Information Processing in Eusocial Insect Collective Decision-making at Arizona State University
The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science (http://beyond.asu.edu), the School of Life Sciences (http://sols.asu.edu), and the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (http://cidse.engineering.asu.edu) at Arizona State University invite applications for a postdoctoral research position investigating mechanisms of emergent computation in collective-decision making by eusocial insects. The anticipated research will combine techniques from information theory as applied to complex systems with experimental work on collective-decision making in nest-site selection by laboratory colonies of Temnothorax crevice-dwelling ants. The project is a collaboration between the groups of Sara Imari Walker (www.emergence.asu.edu), Stephen C. Pratt (http://pratt.lab.asu.edu/) and Theodore P. Pavlic (http://www.tedpavlic.com/). The position is primarily theoretical, but there is opportunity to conduct experimental work.
The expected start date is mid-2016 for an initial one year appointment with renewal for up to two years. Applicants must have a PhD in a related field by the time of appointment. Ideal candidates will have a background in computational modeling of complex systems, network theory, information theory, dynamical systems and/or eusocial insects. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and should arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to Jeanette Perez at email@example.com. The priority deadline for applications is March 15th, 2016, however we will continue reviewing applications every week thereafter, until the position is filled. Application materials should be sent in PDF format. Further inquiries should be emailed directly to Sara Imari Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org), Stephen Pratt (Stephen.Pratt@asu.edu), or Theodore Pavlic (email@example.com).
A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
Sara Imari Walker