Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Sainsbury Laboratory

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the group of Professor Henrik Jönsson at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU), to carry out fundamental research in the field of Computational Morphodynamics in plants. The project will focus on theoretical modelling of plant cell wall mechanics and growth at a cellular level where focus will be on modelling early flower morphogenesis. The project is an ERA-CAPS/BBSRC funded collaboration with the aim of integrating genetic and mechanical data into the models developed at SLCU. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop skills in advanced live microscopy and atomic force microscopy.

Applicants must have, or be close to obtaining a PhD in computational biology, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering or related field. Proficiency in finite element models of mechanics of materials is required, and experience in working on models of plant cell walls is desirable. Candidates must have advanced knowledge of mechanical modelling and experience in the following areas: finite element modelling, C++ software development. Expertise in systems biology and theoretical biophysics would also be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be fully involved in the basic research in these areas while also writing up their research work for presentation and publication. The post holder may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to their research area.

Good communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute. Candidates should also demonstrate a history of science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities, teaching) and have a proven track record of scientific publication.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees can be found at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV including a list of publications, a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position and contact information of three referees.

Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Professor Henrik Jönsson at

Please quote reference PT15056 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

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