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Postdoctoral Research Assistant x 2

Queen Mary University of London - Mathematical Sciences

Location: London
Salary: £38,655 to £45,479 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th August 2022
Closes: 9th October 2022
Job Ref: QMUL29838
 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant x 2 (QMUL29838)

About the Role

The post-holder will conduct research in mathematical models of extra-chromosomal DNA (ecDNA) in cancer evolution pursuant to the aims and objectives of the research project under supervision of Dr Weini Huang.

The candidate will work in the evolutionary theory team led by Dr. Huang, currently composed of 5 other members working on different topics of cancer evolution. The project is supported by one of the biggest cancer research programs, Cancer Grand Challenges, funded by Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Institute (US).

Tumours with ecDNA elements are one of biggest challenges for cancer patients with the worst outcomes. Understanding the basic mechanisms of the arising, spreading and progress of ecDNA in tumour initiation and following treatments is urgently needed. We aim to develop a general framework to modelling ecDNA evolution and closely link our theoretical predictions with the experimental and clinical data from the world leading ecDNA labs from our research network, the eDyNAmics team supported by Cancer Grant Challenge. The post-holder is expected to develop the ecDNA theoretical framework together with the evolutionary theory team at Queen Mary.

About You

The candidate should hold a PhD in mathematics, physics, computer sciences, or mathemtical biology, or a closely related discipline. Experience in cancer evolution or evolutionary theory is desirable but not essential. The candidate should either be skilled with mathematical analysis of dynamical systems, stochastic processes or writing code with programming languages. Critical thinking is essential.

About the School

The School of Mathematical Science has an exceptionally strong research presence across the spectrum of areas within Pure and Applied Mathematics and Statistics organised into seven research groups. The School comprises around 74 academic staff, 16 research assistants and fellows, and 14 members of professional services staff. The School is home to around 80 PhD students, and approximately 1,300 taught students.

About Queen Mary

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers. We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.

Benefits

Starting salary will be Grade 4-5, in the range of £38,665-£45,479 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave, a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. Additionally, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus. It is a full-time, fixed-term appointment starting from October 2022 until 31 May 2027, with possibility of extension until September 2027.

Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Weini Huang at weini.huang@qmul.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 09 October 2022.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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