Research Associate / Fellow in Mathematical Sciences

University of Nottingham Department in Mathematical Sciences

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

Closing Date
Wednesday, 19th August 2020
Job Type
Mathematical Sciences
£27511 to £30942 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (£30942 with relevant PhD).

We are looking for a researcher, whose expertise lies in mathematical biology, to work with Dr Leah Band on an interdisciplinary BBSRC-funded project entitled “Size Matters: a systems approach to understanding cell size control in a developing multicellular tissue”. 

In collaboration with an experimental team led by Prof Jim Murray at Cardiff University, this project will develop mathematical models to uncover the molecular mechanisms regulating cell size. We will create, parameterise and test ordinary differential equation models to predict the dynamics of potential cell-cycle regulators, to identify the key players controlling cell-cycle progression and to understand how this regulation responds to environmental and developmental signals. These models will interpret new data generated by our collaborators and will in turn guide the experimental team, following the model-experiment cycle at the heart of the systems-biology approach. The project will focus on understanding cell-size regulation in the shoot apical meristem, a region of dividing cells, that generates all above-ground growth in higher plants (although we note that the approaches developed will be relevant to other organisms).

The research associate/fellow will be based at the Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology (CMMB) in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Nottingham. 

 We believe that talented and inclusive teams deliver the highest quality research and are seeking applications from high quality candidates who enhance the diversity of our existing team.  The School is committed to creating opportunities for people traditionally under-represented in Mathematical Sciences.

 You will be able to evidence how through your experience you will:

  • Undertake original research of international excellence.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own and/or collaborative research area.
  • Prepare papers for publication in leading journals and/or contribute to the dissemination at national/international conferences, workshops and meetings resulting in successful research outputs.
  • Identify opportunities and assist in writing bids for research grant applications. Prepare proposals and applications to both external and/or internal bodies for funding, contractual or accreditation purposes.

 We are looking for a confident, organised researcher who can evidence:

  • PhD or equivalent, in a relevant branch of mathematics, or a closely related discipline, or near to completion of a PhD.
  • Expert knowledge in one or more of the following areas:Excellent communication and organisational skills.
    • mathematical biology
    • ordinary differential equation models
    • gene network models
    • parameter estimation and model selection
    • experimental design
  • The ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Networking, actively engaging with and valuing other areas and diverse groups.

This full-time position is available from 1 January 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 23 months. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences and Mathematical Medicine and Biology see:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Leah Band email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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