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Research Assistant/Associate in Plant Modelling

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Assistant/Associate position in the group of Professor Henrik Jönsson to carry out fundamental research in the field of Computational Morphodynamics in plants. The project will focus on theoretical multiscale modelling, integrating plant cell wall mechanics with detailed models of the cytoskeleton and nuclei deformation. The models will be developed within an HFSP funded collaboration in close connection with new microscopy and biophysical experiments.

Applicants must have, or be close to obtaining a PhD in computational biology, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering or related field. Proficiency in finite element models of mechanics of materials and experience in working on systems biology models or plant cell wall models is desirable. Candidates must have advanced knowledge of mechanical and or cytoskeleton and systems biology modelling and experience in the following areas: modelling of biological systems, C++ software development. Expertise in theoretical biophysics would also be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be fully involved in the basic research in these areas whilst also writing up their research work for presentation and publication. The post holder may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to their research area. Good communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute and with the HFSP project collaborators. Candidates should also demonstrate a history of science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities, teaching) and have a proven track record of scientific publication.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory can be found at: Further information of what the University offers to employees can be found at:

The post is available from October 2018.

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 Professor Henrik Jönsson 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.

Please upload the following documents: curriculum vitae with list of publications, supporting statement about how your experience fits the profile for this role and the contact details of at least three referees.

Please quote reference PT16101 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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