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Research Fellow in Mathematical Biology or Biological Physics

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in Mathematical or Computational Biology and/or Biological Physics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities?

You will work on a joint project between the Cohen and Kepinski labs aiming to understand the biophysical and molecular basis of gravitropic response in plant roots. You will conduct high quality research, publishable in top-tier journals, both individually and in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Leeds. The Cohen and Kepinski labs combine experimental work and modelling to study the biophysics and biomechanics of plant organ orientation and growth. The research you will conduct is two-fold:

  • Use our existing stochastic ODE and PDE models and develop new multiscale models to integrate internal sensory and signal-processing mechanisms with biomechanics of plant root growth;

  • Design and implement algorithms for computer vision and data analysis of experimental video-captured data.

Holding a PhD (or close to completion) in physics, computer science or a related discipline, you will have relevant and deep knowledge and experience combining data-driven analysis with mathematical/computational modelling. Experience in stochastic dynamics, differential geometry, and biomechanics would be helpful, as would prior experience with machine learning and computer vision. Some experience with interdisciplinary research across the physical sciences, mathematics and the life sciences would be helpful. A positive, enthusiastic approach to your research is essential.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Netta Cohen, Senior Lecturer in School of Computing

Tel: +44(0)113 343 6789 or email:


Dr Stefan Kepinski, Senior Lecturer in School of Biology

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2865 or email: 

Please note that the University is closed for the Christmas break from Friday 21st December 2018 and reopens on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. We are unable to respond to any queries relating to your application during this time.

Further information

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. Our equality and inclusion webpage provides more information.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:  School of Computing
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding limitations an appointment will not be made above £33,199 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (36 months (grant funding)
Release Date:  Friday 21 December 2018
Closing Date:  Thursday 31 January 2019
Interview Date:  Tuesday 12 March 2019
Reference:  ENGCP1092
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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