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Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duties: The project will further the mechanistic understanding of the phenomenon and focus on the control of pattern formation by, e.g., optogenetic approaches. As the biochemical machinery underlying the waves is the same as that powers actomyosin contractility and cell division, the project is closely related to the biomechanics of cellular cytoskeleton and cell shape regulation. The incumbent will perform advanced analysis of fluorescence microscopy data, development, implementation and analysis of biophysical models of complex spatiotemporal dynamics
Requirements: Background in physical and mathematical sciences; Experience in computational modeling and scientific programming; Strong ability to work independently; Excellent oral and written communication skills
   
Text: Skip to main content. What we offer What it's like to work here Shape your career Coming to Edinburgh How to join us Job title, skill, keyword Postdoctoral Research Associate "Job Details" United Kingdom Job Identification 2944 Job Category Academic Locations C H Waddington Building, Edinburgh, EH9 3BF, GB Posting Date 12/17/2021, 12:41 PM Apply Before 02/10/2022, 6:00 PM Job Schedule Full time Contract Type Fixed Term Job Description UE07 £34,304 to £36,382 per annum College of Science and Engineering, School of Biological Sciences, Institute of Cell Biology Full time 35 hours per week 4 year fixed-term contract We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and highly skilled Postdoctoral Research Associate to join a dynamic and inclusive research environment in the computational biology group of Prof. Andrew Goryachev (goryachev.bio.ed.ac.uk). The Opportunity: A four-year postdoctoral position is available to theoretically study biophysical mechanisms of self-organized pattern formation in a semi-synthetic vertebrate system - the re-engineered frog oocyte. The project is a close collaboration with the cell and developmental biology experimental lab of W. Bement at the U. of Wisconsin, Madison. Earlier we described and analyzed spectacular waves of excitable and oscillatory dynamics on the surface of oocytes and embryos of frogs and echinoderms (Bement et al., Nat. Cell Biol., 17:1471, 2015). Since then, this natural phenomenon had been dramatically amplified by synthetic biology manipulations to generate complex wave patterns, unprecedented in any in vivo system, in the experimentally reproducible conditions. The project will further the mechanistic understanding of the phenomenon and focus on the control of pattern formation by, e.g., optogenetic approaches. As the biochemical machinery underlying the waves is the same as that powers actomyosin contractility and cell division, the project is closely related to the biomechanics of cellular cytoskeleton and cell shape regulation. The incumbent will perform advanced analysis of fluorescence microscopy data, development, implementation and analysis of biophysical models of complex spatiotemporal dynamics. Your skills and attributes for success: Background in physical and mathematical sciences Experience in computational modeling and scientific programming Strong ability to work independently Excellent oral and written communication skills Click here for a copy of the full job description. For informal inquiries, please contact Prof. Andrew Goryachev at: andrew.goryachev@ed.ac.uk. As a valued member of our team you can expect: An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided. The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages. The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa. About Us As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally. About the Team As the modern inheritors of our 400-year-old reputation for excellence, our staff and students contribute to a vibrant academic community whose visions are shaping tomorrow’s world. The School of Biological Sciences is at the leading edge in teaching, research and innovation. Independent rankings such as the Times Higher Education consistently place us amongst the top 25 universities in the world for biological sciences. We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and to recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development opportunities for all staff. We place a particular focus on development for early-career researchers (postgraduate and postdoctoral research staff and personal fellowship holders), offering mentoring and an active ‘BioDocSoc’ organisation that brings together researchers for networking, events and training opportunities. The School of Biological Sciences holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Our website contains more information about the School. 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