Research Associate

Job summary

A 3-year post-doctoral research position in mathematical biology is available in the team of Dr Vahid Shahrezaei at Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London to study the spatial heterogeneity of Glioblastoma invasion through mathematical modelling. The project is funded by the Brain Tumour Charity. Glioblastoma is the most common form of brain tumour in adults for which there is no cure. The main cause of treatment resistance is a...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00730
  • Date posted 21 July 2020
  • Closing date 15 September 2020

Job description

Job summary

A 3-year post-doctoral research position in mathematical biology is available in the team of Dr Vahid Shahrezaei at Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London to study the spatial heterogeneity of Glioblastoma invasion through mathematical modelling. The project is funded by the Brain Tumour Charity.

Glioblastoma is the most common form of brain tumour in adults for which there is no cure. The main cause of treatment resistance is a poorly characterised subpopulation of cancer cells that invade diffusely in healthy brain tissues and which cannot be removed surgically. This collaborative project aims at understanding the biology of these invading cells in order to support the development of more effective therapies.

Duties and responsibilities

We are looking for a creative and self-driven mathematical biologist to work on discovering principles of cancer invasion by integrating imaging and spatial transcriptomics data obtained from Glioblastoma pre-clinical models into mathematical models of tumour development.

Essential requirements

The essential requirements for this post are as follow:

  • Hold a PhD or equivalent level of professional qualification in Mathematics, Physics or a related area
  • Experience in mathematical modelling
  • Track record of research publications, commensurate with career stage
  • Experience with stochastic models and/or Bayesian statistics
  • Strong programming and computational background
  • Ability to carry out original research and to produce published research papers
  • Ability to identify, develop and apply new concepts, techniques and method
  • Ability to keep accurate records of research results and activity

Further information

There is flexibility on the start date and the work may start at the first instance remotely due to the COVID-19 situation.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

The maximum salary on appointment is £43,734 per annum.

In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:

  • A full CV,
  • A 1-page research statement describing why the candidate’s expertise is relevant to this position and future research plans; and
  • The details of three referees.

For any specific queries regarding the post please contact Dr Vahid Shahrezaei, v.shahrezaei@imperial.ac.uk

If you experience any technical issues when applying online, please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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Additional information

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  • Deliver positive outcomes
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  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.