Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Statistical Theory of Biological Systems (Fixed Term)

open until filled
Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
£32,236-£39,609 GBP

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to develop theoretical approaches to study the collective cell dynamics of biological tissues. The position, which is supported by grant funding from the Royal Society, will be associated with the research group of Prof. Benjamin D. Simons, and will be based in both the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Wellcome Trust-Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute.

Alongside studies of the physical and molecular regulatory programmes that regulate stem and progenitor cell fate in the development and maintenance of normal tissues, the research group has interests in the cellular mechanisms of tumour development, as well as the quantitative analysis of single-cell multi-omics data. A hallmark of the group's research is the development of close and reactive collaborations with experimental cell biology labs inside and outside Cambridge. As well as contributing to a range of group activities, the successful applicant will also benefit from, and contribute to, a growing community of researchers in Cambridge interested in developing the interface between the physical and biological/biomedical sciences.

The successful candidate will be a theorist and will hold a PhD/DPhil in physics, mathematics, or a closely related field, with an interest in studying biological systems.

The position will be particularly suitable for candidates who have experience in the development of methods in non-equilibrium statistical physics, dynamical systems and/or soft matter physics, with an interest in applying such approaches to biological systems. However, previous experience in the study of living systems is not essential.

Duties will include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Further information on the research interests of the group can be obtained by referring to the group website

Informal enquiries about the position may be made to the coordinator for this recruitment at:

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae, list of publications and an outline proposal for future research of not more than 2 pages together with the contact details of two academic referees. Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

The start date is 1st September 2019 with the potential for an earlier start date if required.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years with the potential for an extension to a third year of support. The salary will be on the standard University scale in the range £32,236-£39,609 depending on previous research experience.

The closing date for this position is 8th March 2019

Please quote reference LE18063 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women as we have an historic imbalance in the number of women holding research staff positions.

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

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