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Research Associate in Biomechanical Modelling

Sainsbury Laboratory

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £33,309-£40,927
  • REF: PT28170
  • Closes: 03rd October 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Francois Nedelec at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU), to carry out fundamental research in the field of mathematical modelling of plant morphogenesis. The research will focus on (1) the cellular processes contributing to cell shape and tissue organization, and (2) the physics of division with an emphasis on microtubule system and the cell cycle. Our aim is to physically analyse emergent properties, given the known molecular components involved in these processes.

Various projects are possible, for example implementing a 3D thin shell class to represent the cell shape or the nucleus, interacting with the filamentous system of the cytoskeleton. The position is funded with the aim of integrating experimental data with models, and several exciting possibilities for local collaborations have been identified within Cambridge University.

Applicants should have, or be close to obtaining a PhD in computational biology, physics, applied mathematics, computer science or related field and have a proven track record of scientific publication. Prior experience in modelling of biological systems, or expertise in systems biology and/or theoretical biophysics in general would be advantageous. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop skills in mathematical modelling, advanced numerical simulations and data analysis.

Fully involved in the basic research in these areas whilst also writing up their research work for presentation and publication, the post holder will have the opportunity to assist in the supervision of student projects, and to engage in teaching if desired. Good communication skills are essential for collaborative work with other researchers in the Institute. Candidates should also demonstrate effective science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities).

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at: http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV with publications list, a supporting statement and contact information of three referees

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Where a PhD has yet to be awarded the appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant level and amended to Research Associate upon the award of PhD.

Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Dr Francois Nedelec at Francois.Nedelec@slcu.cam.ac.uk.

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Please quote reference PT28170 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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