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Lecturer in Mathematical or Computational Biology

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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39,609-48,677 a year
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You will join a vibrant and growing department which welcomes staff and students from around the world. We celebrate excellence, breadth and diversity across the spectrum of modern biology. Your expertise will complement our research strengths, which include research foci in Bioinformatics and Mathematical Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Molecular and Cellular Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Ecology and Evolution, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Cancer, and Plant Biology.

We value interdisciplinary working. A wide range of active and successful research groupings span traditional subject boundaries (Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, Centre for Immunology and Infection, York Environmental Sustainability Institute, York Biomedical Research Institute, Biological Physical Sciences Institute, York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis).

We have state-of-the-art laboratory and teaching space, with substantial recent investment in undergraduate and postgraduate training and research infrastructure.  The Department was in the top 10 in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework exercise, ranking 1st for impact outside academia - our research has major influence on environmental policy, industry and health.

We place high value on our research-led undergraduate teaching. We perform consistently highly in university league tables and the National Student Survey. The University of York holds a Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award.


The appointment is within the “Bioinformatics and Mathematical Biology” Research Focus. The successful candidate will join a thriving group of mathematical and computational researchers spanning the life sciences, with strong links to the Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Environment and Geography, and Hull York Medical School.

We encourage applicants taking quantitative approach to biology, seeking to explain biological phenomena through mathematical or statistical analysis and modelling. We are particularly interested in candidates using large data sets and mathematical or computational approaches to provide new biological insight and/or hypotheses for experimental testing.

You will develop research objectives, projects and proposals and carry out individual or collaborative research and lead on or contribute to the production of research outputs and dissemination of research outcomes.  You will design, develop and deliver teaching across a wide range of modules and will undertake a range of administrative and managerial responsibilities.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You will hold a PhD or equivalent, and will ideally have postdoctoral experience with sustained evidence of academic excellence and of success in raising research funding.  You will have the potential to continue to attract funding to develop your research portfolio. You will show commitment to undergraduate/postgraduate education and preference may be given to candidates with teaching experience or accreditation, or experience in training research students. Candidates should demonstrate how they would strengthen partnerships and disciplines within the Department and how they would foster research collaborations within the Faculty and University, as well as internationally and with industry.

The post is full time on an open contract with salary in the range £39,609 to £48,676 a year.

For an informal, confidential discussion about the role please contact Professor Katherine Denby or Dr Jon Pitchford

Vacancy reference: 7168

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