Research Associate/Fellow in Mathematical/Computational Modelling

University of Nottingham - Mathematics


£26,052 to £38,183 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29301 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

We are seeking a research associate/fellow with expertise in modelling for a BBSRC-funded project investigating hormone dynamics within plant roots. The 28-month post is based at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology, an interdisciplinary research centre for addressing fundamental questions in plant science, and will be affiliated with the Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology within the School of Mathematical Sciences.

The position is part of an interdisciplinary project led by Dr Leah Band to understand how the hormone auxin controls plant root phenotype. The role will involve developing mathematical and computational models of auxin transport within multicellular root geometries to investigate how processes at the cell scale control the organ-scale auxin distribution and root growth. These multiscale models will be based on data collected by an experimental postdoc working on the project, and the post-holder will work closely with this postdoc to explore and test model results. The project will involve a range of modelling techniques, including vertex-based modelling, ordinary differential equations, asymptotic analysis and parameter estimation.

Applicants are required to have excellent modelling skills and must hold or be near completion of a PhD, or equivalent, which contains a significant amount of mathematical or computational modelling. Any expertise in differential-equation models, multiscale modelling, model simulation, parameter optimization or asymptotic analysis would be an advantage. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project, applicants must have excellent communication skills, have a strong desire to use modelling to answer fundamental biological questions, and be able to work productively as part of an interdisciplinary team.

This is a full-time fixed term post which is available for a period of 28 months. The start date of the post is flexible. Please could applicants provide details of their availability should they be successful in their application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Leah Band, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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