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Research Associate in Computational Microbiology

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,076 to 38,183 a year
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Role Description

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral Research Associate for a collaborative project on assessing the effects of contact dependent inhibition in shaping bacterial communities. This post is funded by a BBSRC/NSF bilateral grant and you will be working within an international team consisting of biochemists, molecular microbiologists, agent-based modellors and mathematicians.  You will take a lead role in exploring and quantifying the effects of CDI using computational methods.  You will have a PhD involving a substantial mathematical, statistical or computational component. You will have significant experience in mathematical or computational modelling, including managing code and output data. You will have some experience of spatial methods, statistical analysis and data analysis. You will have interest and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and in applying your skills to biology. You will have excellent organizational and communication skills, as this is an international collaboration.

This is a collaborative project with partners at UCSB, USA and at the University of York, UK, where you will be based in the Department of Biology and collaborate with the project PI and PDRA based in the Centre of Immunology and Infection.  You will work in collaboration but will have responsibility for your principal research tasks that will include: informed by data and knowledge from the project team you will write and execute mathematical and/or computational models, analysis of empirical data within the project, interpretation of mathematical and computational models to the other members of the term. You will liaise with the collaborators and PDRA1, clearly communicating your concepts and data, and receiving and integrating their insights and data into your own experimental design.  You will be expected to actively participate in writing manuscripts.

The research will be conducted in the Department of Biology in close collaboration with the CII, which provides state of the art facilities for pathogen related research, and will make extensive use of the resources on offer in the Biosciences Technology Facility.

The starting salary will be within the range of £31,076 to £38,183 pa per annum and this post is available from 1st June 2017, subject to negotiation.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Calvin Dytham (email: or Dr. A. Jamie Wood (email:  For an alternative contact, please email


Closing date: 2 April 2017

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