Research Associates in Theoretical Systems Biology

Imperial College London - Department of Life Sciences

Research Associates in Theoretical Systems Biology (x 2)

The Department of Life Sciences was the top ranked university department in the UK for research intensity in Biological Sciences in REF2014 (Times Higher Education), scoring 100% on our environment.

Applications are invited for two Research Associate positions in the Theoretical Systems Biology group (, in the Department of Life Sciences. The group is highly multidisciplinary, international, welcoming, and diverse, and we have an exceptionally strong track record in career development and mentoring. Working closely with other researchers in the Theoretical Systems Biology group, and will also gain experience in a broad range of modelling and Bayesian inference techniques.

These two positions are part of a large BBSRC-funded initiative that aims to develop new bacterial systems that can live in symbiotic relationships with plants, delivering nitrogen to them, and thereby reducing the need for and use of fertilizers.

The Research Associates will focus on:

  • (i) Metabolic modelling, synthetic biology and rational design of biosynthetic solutions to biotechnological problems.
  • (ii) Systems biology, statistical modelling and network analysis of gene regulation networks.

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, biology, biochemistry or any other relevant discipline). You must have research experience in a Theoretical Systems Biology environment. Experience in analysis of biological data, analysis and simulation of dynamical systems in biology, bayesian computational approaches and collaborating with experimental biomedical scientists are essential. Experience in bioinformatics and experimental design are also essential.  

Applications are also encouraged from those who wish to enter this exciting area.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication, ideally proven through an emerging successful track record in academic publication. You must be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, and be able to form positive relationships with a wide range of people.  You will have a creative approach to problem solving and the ability to develop and apply new concepts. You must have the ability to organise and prioritise your own work with minimal supervision, in response to deadlines.

These positions are for fixed terms available for up to 36 months, based at the South Kensington Campus.

Any candidate who has not been yet been awarded their PhD, will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum.

For more detail about the project and the group please contact Professor Michael Stumpf ( or Dr John Pinney ( Further details on the group’s work can also be obtained from our website:

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference NS 2016 227 LP number including spaces – into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact DoLS Recruitment to request an application form.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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