Research Fellow

Institute of Ophthalmology

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 06th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £36,770 - £43,200 per annum
  • REF: 1881601
  • Closes: 03rd February 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

This exciting position is based at the Institute of Ophthalmology, a world leading research institute focusing on vision and diseases of the eye, working with UCLs Research Software Development Group in the Centre for Advanced Research Computing (ARC), a large and innovative group of research software engineers.

As part of a multi-disciplinary team you will lead on the further development of software tools and models of the metabolism of the back of the eye, with application to understanding (and treating) the effects of aging on vision. This will include rapidly assimilating knowledge of the underlying research disciplines, contributing to publications and future grant applications, and crafting sustainable, reusable software.

This post is until 31 August 2023 in the first instance, with the expectation of transitioning to an open-ended appointment as a staff scientist within UCL ARC at the end of this period, subject to satisfactory performance evaluation.

Key Requirements

A strong candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent and have substantial experience in the development and coding of computational models, ideally in the context of biological systems. The existing code base to be developed is in Matlab and experience of Matlab is beneficial. It is likely that, moving forward, code will be developed in Julia. Experience of Python and / or Julia would thus be an advantage as would understanding of any relevant area of biology or physics. This would include reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, diffusion, metabolism and metabolic networks, etc. It is also expected that the post-holder will have a solid foundation in mathematics. Whilst an appreciation of the eye and vision would be helpful it is by no means required.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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Closing Date

3 Feb 2022

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