Research Associate in Mathematical Biology (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Plant Sciences

A position is open for a postdoctoral research associate in mathematical biology based at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Professor Beverley Glover.

The appointee will work on an interdisciplinary project to explore mechanisms that regulate surface patterning in plants and animals, with a focus on modelling the effects of tissue mechanical properties on surface buckling. These patterns are functionally important, influencing the roughness, wetting and optical properties of tissues. We are particularly focused on nanoscale ridge formation in the petal epidermal cuticle of Hibiscus trionum. We seek a mathematical biologist to help us incorporate cuticle chemistry and stiffness into our preliminary model (Antoniou Kourounioti et al., 2013) to explain surface patterning on petals. The lab is well equipped and staffed to test model predictions using molecular genetic techniques.

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a strong background in mathematical biology, biomechanics, continuum mechanics and/or soft matter, including a PhD in a relevant area. Experience working with molecular developmental biologists is desirable, and it would be an advantage for the candidate to have some experience of plant biology.

This position is funded by the HFSP.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 9 months in the first instance.

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