Research Associate

University College London - MRC Laboratory for Moelcular Cell Biology

The Mao lab studies the mechanics of tissue growth and regeneration, combining genetics, in vivo live imaging, automated image analysis, experimental biophysics and computational modelling. Current projects in the lab include interdisciplinary approaches to study how mechanical forces affect tissue growth, tissue architectural changes, cell shape changes during mitosis and tissue regeneration in the Drosophila wing disc. For more information about the Mao lab, please visit: We are looking for an experienced biophysicist to study the mechanics of epithelia and cytoskeleton remodelling, using experimental biophysical tools and computational modelling approaches.

Available from January 2018, the post is funded for a period of 1 year in the first instance. 

Candidates should possess/or shortly be awarded a PhD degree in biophysics, or a related biological/physical sciences discipline. A strong background in advanced live imaging, cell/tissue mechanics, mechanical testing, quantitative image analysis, computational modelling are required. Experience with Drosophila genetics, molecular and cell biology are advantageous

UCL vacancy reference: 1678990

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy please contact Yanlan Mao, (, or for the application process Ione Karney ( 

Closing Date: 3 November 2017

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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