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Research Fellow

University College London (UCL)
England, London
Closing date
3 Aug 2024

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

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About us

Biosciences is one of the world's foremost centres for research and teaching in the biological sciences and one of the largest Divisions within UCL.

This is an exciting opportunity to join Robert Insall's group.

The Insall lab mix laboratory science and computational modelling to try and explain why cells move.

About the role

The main purpose of this position is to understand the signals that direct immune cells' migration when they extravasate from blood vessels to tissues, guided by signals in the extracellular environment. As cells respond and migrate, they often inactivate these signals and may release additional, secondary attractants themselves, complicating experimental analysis. To address this complexity, we seek someone who can integrate experimental data with mathematical models that encompass feedback loops, enabling predictions of how signaling molecules evolve and influence cell behaviour.

Duties include applying existing and extending existing computational models, writing new models as they become needed, accommodating experimental results with models, and quantifying data produced by others to test its fit with models. We use established packages and our own code, as appropriate. If appropriate for the candidate we will also train them in growing cells and generating their own microscopy data. We also use analytical mathematical approaches where we can understand problems well enough.

This role is an open-ended contract with a funding end date of 30/11/2026 in the first instance. The lab has multiple grants which may be extended.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Grade 6B (salary £37,332 - £39,980 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD Thesis.

This role is eligible for hybrid working with a minimum of 50-60% on site.

A job description and person specification can be accessed via the "Apply" button.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Robert Insall. If you need reasonable adjustments or a more accessible format to apply for this job online or have any queries about the application process, please contact the Biosciences staffing team.

Job Ref: B02-07040

Closing Date: 04/08/2024 - 23:59 (UK time)

About you

You must have a Ph.D., equivalent qualification, or relevant subject area and proven knowledge of mathematical modelling in a biological context.

Experience in coding and familiarity with the biological literature are also essential.

You will take part in the development, and delivery of research funded by the Wellcome Trust, generating novel insights into immune cell steering in vitro and in vivo. In addition to developing and conducting the research, you will communicate results as scientific preprints and papers and in scientific presentations at local, national, and international conferences.

What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits. Please visit to find out more.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London's Global University, we are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL's workforce.

Our division holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.


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