University Lecturer in Biological Physics

University of Cambridge - Department of Physics

The Department of Physics invites applications for a University Lectureship in biological physics, to commence on 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This area of activity is a growing and strategic priority for the Department, underpinned by current research efforts in soft matter and theory of biological systems, and ranging to applications in new biophysical technologies and medical applications. Teaching of various courses in the physics undergraduate curriculum feeds into this broad spectrum of interests. The person appointed to the post will have a strong record of research within this area. We are particularly seeking candidates proposing research programmes addressing general questions of biological importance, where physics plays a fundamental role enabling quantitative understanding through concepts or techniques. An important consideration will be integration in terms of complementarity and synergies with existing research groups, both within the Department of Physics and also the wider context of the physics, life science interface in Cambridge. We are seeking a candidate who will pursue experimentally driven research; candidates with a more theoretical/modelling background are also very welcome to apply but should explain how they propose to develop an experimental group.  

The Department will expect to provide appropriate start-up support to aid the new lecturer in setting up research activity, and if the research of the successful candidate falls within the remit of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability (, the considerable financial resources of the Programme are likely to be available. It is intended that the scope of this programme will be interpreted very broadly, and certainly extends beyond the scope of current research in the Department. Research facilities in the Physics of Medicine building include tissue and bacterial culture, including pathogens, a wide range of shared use wet lab and cell-lab equipment, state of the art microscopy and microfluidics fabrication. The proximity of the Veterinary Department facilities potentially allows research with higher organisms.

Applicants should have a PhD and a strong record of relevant research, and must show evidence of being able to teach physics successfully at both undergraduate and graduate level. 

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 done so already) and log in before completing the online application form. The closing date for applications is 23.59 GMT on 6th January 2017.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For informal enquiries please contact the Head of Department, Professor Andy Parker, or +44 (0) 1223 337429

Please quote reference KA07941 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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