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, to carry out fundamental research in the field of Computational Morphodynamics in plants. The project will focus on theoretical modelling of gene regulatory networks, hormone signalling and transport and mechanics for predicting tissue shape and dynamics and will include development of analysis tools for 4D microscopy data of cells. The focus will be on the plant shoot, but models and image analysis tools will also be developed for applications to other plant tissues such as the hypocotyl and flowers. The project will build on close connection with experimental data, and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop skills in advanced live 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 dynamical models of molecular regulation in cells, finite element models of mechanics of materials, or image analysis methods is required. Candidates must have advanced knowledge of dynamical modelling or image processing and experience in the following areas: gene regulatory and/or finite element modelling, image segmentation, C++ and/or Python 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 whilst 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 until 31 July 2019.

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 PT15057 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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