Postdoctoral Training Fellow

The Francis Crick Institute

This is a full-time fixed term position for 4 years on Crick Terms & Conditions of Employment

Project Summary

Dr Salbreux laboratory focuses on theoretical physics of biology, with an emphasis on morphogenetic processes in cells and tissues. Dr Salbreux is seeking a talented and motivated postdoc to develop a machine-learning based tool for segmentation and tracking of tissues in two and three dimensions. The postdoc will develop image analysis tools that will be applied to research projects on tissue morphogenesis. Convolutional neural networks will be used to segment and track cells within a tissue.

About Us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a brand new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; to developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; to public engagement; and to helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.

Person Specification

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:

Explain what you are looking for in the candidate, outlining any experience that they should possess, qualifications, any knowledge of particular methods, techniques or understanding of and if the candidate needs a publication record.


  • PhD in theoretical physics, applied math or computer science, or in the final stages of PhD submission
  • Technical expertise in image analysis
  • Ability to define and solve research questions
  • Pro-active in innovation and problem solving
  • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by publications or submitted manuscripts in referred journals
  • Proven experience of data presentation at scientific meetings
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision using own initiative to organise and prioritise own work
  • Ability to work well in a team is essential including willingness to share knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others
  • Ability to contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis both in the lab and with external collaborators
  • Potential to guide PhD students in their research

Postdoctoral Training Fellows are expected to lead their own projects, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and guide PhD students in their research. The ability to work in a team is essential.

Please note: all offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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