Research Associate

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Mathematics. The position is funded by UK Research and Innovation and will involve stochastic modelling for single-cell analysis.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00930
  • Date posted 2 June 2021
  • Closing date 30 June 2021

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Mathematics. The position is funded by UK Research and Innovation and will involve stochastic modelling for single-cell analysis.

Duties and responsibilities

The project will develop theory and inference methods for stochastic agent-based models of cell populations. A specific goal is to integrate stochastic models of cell growth with time-lapse data of bacteria and mammalian cells to understand how cellular heterogeneity impacts cell proliferation. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading experimental groups.

Essential requirements

The essential requirements for this post are as follow:

  • Hold a PhD* in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Engineering, Computational biology or related areas
  • Experience in stochastic modelling of biological systems. For example, using chemical master equations, agent-based models, or stochastic simulation algorithms
  • A broad and strong background in stochastic modelling, statistical inference, and/or single-cell data analysis
  • Original research results in stochastic processes, computational biology, and/or theoretical physics commensurate with career stage
  • Ability to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations
  • 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

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range, £36,045- £39,183 per annum.

Further information

The position is full-time and fixed term for 30 months. The expected start date is 15 July 2021 or soon thereafter. You will be based at South Kensington Campus.

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 Philipp Thomas ( 

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • 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.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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