16 Sep 2021

Research Fellow – UCL Ref:1877906

UCL Department / DivisionDepartment of Mathematics
Location of position London
Grade 7
Hours Full Time
(inclusive of London allowance)£36,028 – £39,056 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities
The department has internationally recognised research groups in pure and applied analysis; fluid mechanics; mathematical physics; geometry and topology; algebra, number theory and combinatorics; mathematical modelling in biology, finance, industry and society.

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow position to work with Professor Karen Page on the project ”Mathematical Modelling of Diatom Frustule Morphogenesis and Evolution of Shape’’.

The responsibilities of the post will include: carrying out vigorous, high-level research in the area of diatom shell morphogenesis and the evolution of diatom shape, using mathematical modelling, studying the behaviour of the partial differential equations that describe the models, both numerically and analytically, defining shape descriptors for the diatom shells and superimposing them on diatom phylogenies to gain insight into the evolution of shape. Interfacing with Professor Karen Page and members of her group, and full participation in seminars and colloquia in the subject as well as submitting publications regularly in refereed journals; participating in local seminars and in national and international conferences.

This post is available from 27th September or as soon as possible thereafter.

This post is funded for 3 years in the first instance.

Key Requirements
Candidates should either have a PhD in Mathematics (ideally with a focus on Mathematical Biology), Theoretical Physics, or relevant areas of Computational Chemistry or Computational Materials Science. Candidates should either have a PhD or equivalent qualification, should be finalising their PhD or waiting for their viva date.

Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent on award and confirmation of a PhD (or equivalent). If this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B, point 26 (salary £33,257 per annum inclusive of London allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

The successful candidate is expected to have experience and knowledge of numerical techniques for solving partial differential equations, a proven track record in research and publishing, a strong interest in biology and especially patterning as well as excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate participation in a research group, and excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

An excellent candidate will have knowledge of/ experience of working on phase separation/ solution chemistry/ precipitation, experience of working on reaction diffusion or diatoms/knowledge of shape descriptors.
Further Details
A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Details of 3 referees are required – please do not provide more or less than the required 3 referees.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Adrianna Mickiewicz (a.mickiewicz@ucl.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Karen Page, tel.: +44(0)20 7679 3683, email karen.page@ucl.ac.uk.
UCL Taking Action for Equality
We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.
Closing Date26 Sep 2021
Latest time for the submission of applications23:59
Interview dateTBC