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Turing Research Fellow

Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £33,797 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 12 months
Closing Date:  Sunday 12 January 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1218219PJ

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position at the University of Southampton funded by the Alan Turing Institute https://www.turing.ac.uk/. The successful candidate will carry out research in the Turing Pilot Project 'Automatic detection of genetic oscillators' under the supervision of Dr Ruben Sanchez-Garcia.  

The aim of the research project is to combine new high-throughout single-cell profiling with advances in data analytics and network modelling that are able to go beyond clustering to identify combinations of genes that oscillate in a coordinated way. Genetic oscillators have important roles in regulating the timing of cellular dynamics and detecting them is essential to correctly identify cell types and transitions between cell states. The proposed research combines network analysis, to find a biologically meaningful distance between single-cell genetic expression patterns, and topological data analysis, to identify topological signatures of complex and noisy genetic oscillators.

The successful candidate will be based at the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton. The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, regularly exceeding £100M per year in research funding. In Mathematical Sciences, over 20 people (staff, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD students) work in Network Modelling, Topological Data Analysis or related areas. The Pure Mathematics group is particularly involved in the translation and development of ideas from pure mathematics in the context of data science, as supported by Centre for Geometry, Topology, and Applications https://www.southampton.ac.uk/cgta/ and by current EPSRC funding. Dr Sanchez-Garcia holds a joint position in Pure and Applied Mathematics, is a member of the Institute for Life Sciences https://www.southampton.ac.uk/life-sciences/ and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree in Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Physics or related field, with a background and/or interest in applied topology, networks and discrete mathematics. Some programming experience in a numerical computing environment such as R, python or MATLAB, and an interest in molecular biology is desirable. An enthusiasm for real-world applications of complex mathematical ideas and a positive attitude towards interdisciplinary research is essential.

 The position is full time for a fixed term of 12 months, although the aim of this Pilot Project is to lead to proposals for further funding. The starting date is 01/01/2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given

 Informal inquiries may be made via email to Dr Ruben Sanchez-Garcia R.Sanchez-Garcia@soton.ac.uk

References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting.

If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1218219PJ on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Mathematical Sciences and S3RI

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

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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