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Assistant Professor (Research)

University of Warwick
University of Warwick Campus, Coventry
£45,585 to £54,395 per annum
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Duration: Fixed term for 3 years, with a possible extension until the end of 2029

This is a re-advertisement. Previous candidates for this role need not apply.

About the Role

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Satyajit Mayor at

The successful candidate will contribute to the formation of cross-departmental team of interdisciplinary scientists working on ‘cellular interfaces’.

This is an excellence cluster that expands, diversifies, and leverages the activities of the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology (CMCB).

CMCB is a pre-eminent centre in the UK that already researches the roles of molecular motors, mechanics in cell and developmental biology.

The cellular interfaces cluster is led by Professor Satyajit Mayor, a world-leading researcher who has made fundamental contributions towards our understanding of how the cell membrane is organised at a nanometer scale and how this impacts cell and tissue scale biology.

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

About You

This role will combine innovative research in Cellular interfaces with a commitment to educating the next generation of scientists. Successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Conduct fundamental research in the field, communicate your research in peer reviewed journals and secure external research fellowships and/or grants
  • Mentor and guide students in their academic and research endeavours and contribute to the wider activities of the department
  • Collaborate with colleagues to contribute to the growth of the cross-departmental excellence cluster
  • Contribute to the development of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

About the Department

Our Ambition for the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology (CMCB).

The successful candidate will be based at our purpose-built Mechanochemical Cell Biology Building (MCBB) at our Gibbet Hill site. The CMBC will build on its current discovery research, bringing together areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Nanotechnology, and Computational Science in an over-arching effort to understand how the cell membrane works. Over the years, Warwick’s researchers have built expertise in harnessing multiple experimental and computational approaches to address questions in this area. Our infrastructure has also expanded considerably to provide practical support for this research, with an excellent suite of microscopes (ranging from light to cryo-electron), organic synthesis, and microfluidics and nanotechnology facilities Current research activities contributing to this exciting area are distributed across our campus with contributions from Warwick Medical School, the School of Life Sciences, Chemistry and Physics. There is a great enthusiasm for bringing these investigators together to create a centre that is larger than the sum of its parts.

This work will make a unique contribution to the UK and global research landscapes. Whilst there are already some excellent research centres in membrane biology in the UK, this work will consider the cell surface as a composite of lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, and the underlying cytoskeleton and seek to understand the cell surface in its entirety.  It will also draw substantially on principles from soft condensed matter and experimental physics, organic chemistry, and computational simulation to understand the cell surface as a chemical composite.

Further, the focus in many UK-based centres is to understand important molecular mechanisms of medically focused questions that lead to drug discovery and protein-based therapies. By contrast, we aim to understand cell surface organisation (from nano to mesoscales) that leads to cell and tissue scale morphogenesis. This integrated approach to the science of the cell surface, which is so fundamentally important for all aspects of life on our planet, has the strong potential to lead to innovative solutions that will benefit the wide public.

In addition, the co-location of this new team alongside existing CMCB colleagues will facilitate unique and new collaborations between researchers working on ‘how transport of molecules and cell parts are orchestrated’ and those working on ‘how the cell surface is assembled and how it functions.’

CMCB researchers have expertise in measuring forces generated by individual molecules (in the order of piconewtons). This, and similar transferable technologies, can be implemented to address cell surface level questions. The expansion of this team will drive the sharing of expertise and equipment and will build a vigorous research culture focused on making new discoveries that may not be readily possible elsewhere.

The wider University also brings long-standing strengths in mathematics and a £400M STEM Grand Challenge that will provide physical sciences infrastructure for the next century and an ambition to drive medical technology, artificial intelligence, and digital health.

WMS is a young medical school with big ambitions and a track record of success across research, innovation, and education. Translational research is at the heart of our strategic ambition. We are committed to leveraging cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that seeks to intercept human disease and health challenges before symptoms manifest and to develop/test/evaluate interventions that can curtail disease progression and limit impact on human populations. We strive to be innovative, bold, interdisciplinary, and inspiring, while ensuring a positive research culture and an advocacy for open science.

The University of Warwick is one of the UK’s remarkable success stories. Within 50 years, we have become one of the country’s best universities, consistently in the top 10 of UK league tables and rapidly climbing the international rankings of world-class universities. We are a centre of excellence for learning and research with an ambition to innovate and build partnerships with industry and the health care sector.

About the University

Born in the 60s with a mindset of boldness, imagination and collaboration, the University of Warwick is a world-leading research-intensive university with the highest academic and research standards. We’re one of the world’s top universities, ranked 67th in the world and 10th in the UK*, with 92% of our research assessed to be ‘world leading or internationally excellent’**.

You'll be joining a diverse, innovative, and globally connected community committed to igniting real world progress. Here at Warwick, we offer you opportunities to follow your ambitions as long as you bring the energy and determination to succeed.

*QS World University Rankings 2024

** Research Excellence Framework 2021

Closing date: 11:45pm, 31 July 2024.

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