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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to develop theoretical and/or computational approaches to study the collective behaviour of cell biological systems. The position, which is supported by a Senior Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust, will be associated with the research group of Prof. Benjamin Simons and will be based in both the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Wellcome Turst-Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute.

Alongside studies of the physical and molecular regulatory processes that control stem and progenitor cell fate in normal tissues, the research group has interests in addressing mechanisms of tumour initiation and progression, as well as the quantitative analysis of single-cell transcriptional and epigenetic profiling data. A hallmark of the group is the development of close and reactive collaborations with experimental cell biology labs, both within and outside Cambridge. 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 a strong interest in biological systems.

The proposed research project will be particularly suitable for candidates who have experience in developing and applying methods of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, dynamical systems and/or soft matter physics to problems in biology. However, theorists interested in applying statistical and/or mathematical approaches to biology are encouraged to apply.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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.

Applications should include a CV and a brief statement outlining key areas of expertise and reasons why you would like to join the project. Further information on the research interests of the group can be obtained by referring to the group website http://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/~bds10/or contacting Prof. Benjamin Simons (bds10@cam.ac.uk). Please quote reference PR16059 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working, funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

The Gurdon Institute is committed to equality and diversity in the workplace, for more information go to https://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/about/athenaswan.

Further information

CLOSING DATE: 31 August 2018

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