Postdoctoral Research Fellow Computational Neuroscience - University of Birmingham

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
15 Jul 2019
£30,395 to £39,609
Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham
Fixed term for 3 years

Full time starting salary is normally in the range  £30,395 to £39,609 with potential progression once in post to £42,036

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in mathematics or data science applied to challenges in biology, biomedicine or clinical research to work with Professor John Terry (Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow & Director of the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine) on projects of mutual interest. These include challenges in neuroscience and neurology, (neuro) endocrinology and metabolism or cardiovascular sciences and cardiology. Educated to PhD level, you will have a background in one or more of dynamical systems, numerical continuation, complex networks, machine learning or parameter inference. You will have the ability to communicate your research widely across different communities, ideally evidenced through impactful peer-reviewed research publications and presentations at workshops and conferences. You will have a strong desire to grow your career in a vibrant, inter-disciplinary environment. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, conferences etc
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to deciding what information to include in a bid for research funding and how to present the bid to maximise the likelihood of securing the funding
  • Decide in collaboration with co-authors which aspects of the research findings to include in a presentation or a publication and how to convey the findings
  • Maintain contact with (including membership of) appropriate professional bodies 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Hold a relevant first degree or masters in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or a closely related discipline
  • Hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD in Mathematics or Computer Science
  • Relevant and up to date knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
    • Dynamical Systems
    • Bifurcation Theory or Numerical Continuation
    • Complex Networks
    • Machine Learning or Parameter Inference
  • Extensive programming experience in multiple high-level programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Fortran, Matlab, Python) 

Please see the full advert for details of how to apply and supporting documentation which is required to be submitted.  

The closing date for applications is 15 July 2019. [We reserve the right to close this vacancy early once a sufficient number of applications have been received.]

Interviews will take place on 31 July 2019. 

Informal enquiries can be sent to Professor John Terry at 

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer 

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