Two Assistant Professor positions available

October 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School invites applications for tenure-track Assistant Professor positions. Two positions are available. We seek creative thinkers who take risks in defining and addressing important problems in biology and medicine, and who use quantitative experimental, computational and/or theoretical approaches in their work. The Department has a diverse faculty with backgrounds in cell biology, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, engineering and medicine, and offers a lively, family-friendly, and supportive environment in which to perform interdisciplinary science.

The successful candidates will become members of Harvard University’s Ph.D. Program in Systems Biology, a cross-campus interdisciplinary program that attracts extraordinary graduate students.

A Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. or M.D. is required.

The deadline for applications is 15 November, 2015.  For more information, and to apply, please go here.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Departmental Fellowships redux

October 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

The deadline for the Departmental Fellow positions I wrote about a few months ago is long past, but if you’re interested in the position we’d still like to hear from you. Here’s the description of the role:

Systems Biology Departmental Fellowships are intended for outstanding recent PhDs with a primary training in the theoretical sciences (theoretical physics, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences and related disciplines). Prior experimental experience is optional; the decision to award a Fellowship will primarily be based on the potential for the Fellow to bring theoretical approaches to bear on biological questions. Candidates should be interested in being embedded in an experimental environment to advance their theoretical work, or to use some of their post-doctoral time to train in experimental biology, or both.

Fellows will join the Department of Systems Biology and make their initial home in a pre-agreed host lab. They will also select a theory mentor who may be external to the department. Fellows are encouraged to interact with multiple labs through conversations or collaborative projects.

If you think you’re a fit, feel free to e-mail me with a CV and a letter explaining how you would use the opportunity to explore biology: becky {at} hms {dot} harvard {dot} edu.

Departmental Fellow positions available!

May 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Just announced: two Departmental Fellow positions.  These positions are intended to attract researchers with a recent Ph.D. in a theoretical discipline who would benefit from spending a couple of years exploring biological questions, either because they are planning to work on theoretical projects relevant to biology or because they want to gain experimental experience, or both.  Full advertisement here:

Our Department is a very supportive place for theorists exploring the murky realms of biology.  Tell your friends!

Three UCL Excellence Fellowships, London UK

November 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

University College London -UCL Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL Reference: 1292831
Salary range: Grade 8 (£39,818 – £46,972 per annum), or Grade 9 (£51,052 – £55,512), depending on experience, inclusive of London Allowance.

UCL is one of the world’s most prestigious, research-led universities, ranked 4th in the world and 2nd in Europe (2012/13 QS World University Rankings). UCL’s Excellence Fellowship Programme seeks to recruit and develop the best early career scientists, supporting them in an environment that fosters academic excellence and creativity to become the leaders of the future.

The current round seeks candidates working in research areas relevant to UCL and the new Francis Crick Institute (, of which UCL is a founding partner. Due to open nearby to UCL in 2015, the Crick promises to be one of the most significant developments in UK biomedical science for a generation.

Fellowships are available within UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS) and UCL Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences (MAPS). Please note that this advertisement is for those based in MAPS. Please search for ‘UCL Excellence Fellowships – SLMS’ to apply for a fellowship based in SLMS.

The posts are funded for 3 years in the first instance.

Applications are welcome from researchers in any area of science involving a physical-biomedical multidisciplinary approach, with a high priority on Computational, Mathematical, Chemical and Biomaterials sciences, although applicants from other fields will also be welcome. Successful candidates will be expected to have (i) a PhD, (ii) a strong publication record in internationally leading journals, (iii) a novel and challenging research agenda which will advance the strategic objective of UCL and its engagement with the Crick Institute, (iv) demonstrable creativity, and v) clear leadership potential.

All UCL Excellence Fellows will be expected to undertake research that aligns with the strategy of both UCL and the Francis Crick Institute, and to promote and participate in collaborative links with the Crick Institute’s other partners – the MRC National Institute for Medical Research, CR-UK London Research Institute, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

Apply here.  Please provide  a full CV and a research proposal to include a statement of research vision and ambition. Enquiries should be directed to .
We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date: 7/12/2012

Group leader positions in London

October 23, 2012 § Leave a comment


The Cancer Research UK London Research Institute is currently recruiting Junior Group Leaders. The LRI is the largest research institute funded by Cancer Research UK, the largest independent cancer research organisation in Europe. Its research focusses on the analysis of fundamental biological processes involved in cancer. The Institute’s international staff work in 50 research groups at the Institute’s two London laboratory sites at Clare Hall (South Mimms) or Lincoln’s Inn Fields (central London).

In 2015 the LRI will be absorbed into the new Francis Crick Institute, housed in a state-of-the-art laboratory building currently under construction at St Pancras, London. The Crick will use interdisciplinary approaches to investigate the biology of human health and disease, and will work with scientists and research institutions across the UK. In addition to researchers from LRI, the Crick’s research portfolio – some 1500 researchers in over 120 research groups – will be developed from the MRC National Institute for Medical Research, and three London universities: UCL, King’s College London, and Imperial College London.

These positions thus offer a tremendous opportunity for an ambitious young scientist to establish a world-class research programme in an interactive and supportive environment. LRI research groups are extremely well supported: there is no requirement to obtain external grant funding, there are no teaching responsibilities, and we benefit from centrally funded cutting-edge core technology facilities.

LRI is focussed on the broad area of cancer biology, and particularly interested in the following fields:

Tumour Biology: tumour-host interactions, cancer models, human cancer genomics
Genome integrity: Chromosome Biology, DNA damage, Cell Cycle regulation
Computational Biology: Bioinformatics, biological networks, image processing

Applications should be submitted online.

Deadline November 30.

FIVE positions available in Quantitative Biology, UCSD

October 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

The University of California San Diego invites applications from outstanding candidates for multiple tenure- track or tenured faculty positions as part of a multi-year, campus-wide initiative to establish a preeminent program in the area of Quantitative Biology (qBio), emphasizing quantitative experimentation and theoretical analysis to study living systems. The qBio initiative builds on the interdisciplinary infrastructure provided by the NSF Center for Theoretical and Biological Physics, the NIH Center of Excellence in Systems Biology, the BioCircuits Institute, existing divisional strengths and various interdepartmental graduate programs.

Candidates are encouraged to apply to each specific position that fits their interests; successful candidates may be affiliated with multiple academic units and will complement and participate in the development of quantitative biology across campus. All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University is committed to excellence and diversity in its faculty and student body. Preference will be given to scholars with demonstrated excellence and creativity in research, scholarship, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Cellular Dynamics and Pattern Formation (10-503): The Division of Physical Sciences is leading a broad- based search for a creative experimentalist for a tenure- track position at the Assistant Professor level, with focus on the dynamical aspects of cellular differentiation and multicellular development using novel physical approaches. Subject matters may range from organs and tissues in higher eukaryotes to biofilms and other microbial communities. Approaches might include advanced methods of in vivo imaging and novel functional probes to quantify molecular interactions and forces to dissect the spatiotemporal progression of morphological and physiological change, with the goal to elucidate the organizational principles of living systems from the sub- cellular to multi- cellular scales. While this search will be conducted University- wide, successful candidates will ultimately be appointed to a specific department within UC San Diego.

Quantitative Biological Networks (10-506): The Division of Biological Sciences is leading a broad- based search for a tenure- track faculty position in Quantitative Biological Networks at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates pursuing innovative research focused on exploring network interactions that control intra-  and/or inter- cellular behavior, are encouraged to apply. Potential areas of interest include but are not limited to the use of cellular systems to explore spatial- temporal control principles underlying decision making in signaling and gene-  regulatory networks, multicellular or organismal systems directed towards a quantitative understanding of how networks govern biological interactions within populations of cells or tissues, or in ecological communities that contain multiple species. Departmental affiliation will be tailored to the selected candidate.

Quantitative and Chemical Biology (10-445): The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Division of Physical Sciences seeks to hire a talented and creative tenure- track Chemical Biologist who combines quantitative analysis, synthesis, and biological systems. Interests include but are not limited to candidates who have a strong chemistry background and predictively probe or engineer living systems.

Soft Condensed Matter and Biological Physics (10-496): The Department of Physics in the Division of Physical Sciences seeks to hire a talented and creative experimentalist for a tenure- track Assistant Professor position in the area of Soft Condensed Matter and biological physics. The successful candidate is expected to use physical reasoning and quantitative tools to define the future of pure and applied biological research. The search is broad- based, and extends to individuals with purely scientific approaches as well as those that combine advanced instrument design with scientific discovery. All candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field.

Systems/Quantitative Developmental Biology (10-491): The Section of Cell and Developmental Biology, division of Biological Sciences, invites applications for a faculty position in Developmental Biology at the tenure- track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level. Candidates pursuing innovative research using systems, quantitative or dynamical approaches to investigate the generation, regeneration, or maintenance of a particular cell type, tissue, or organ are encouraged to apply.

Quantitative Biosystems Engineering (10-507): The Department of Bioengineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering seeks to hire a tenure- track systems bioengineer who combines engineering principles and methods, and modern biomedicine to develop quantitative models of living systems in normal and pathophysiology. Interests include but are not limited to candidates who have a strong engineering background and quantitatively probe or engineer living systems.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and based on UC pay scales. Review of applications will commence as early as November 1, 2012 and will continue until the positions are filled. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of publications, statement of research, statement of teaching, reprints of 3 to 5 representative publications, contact information for 3 to 5 references, and a separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to and leadership in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (see Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System at UCSD is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (

Assistant Professor Position, Stanford

October 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Applications or nominations are invited for an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biochemistry, Stanford School of Medicine.  We are seeking individuals with an extraordinary record of scientific accomplishment and creativity working in any area of biochemistry, biophysics or molecular biology research, broadly defined.  As a basic science department within the School of Medicine, we encourage applications focused on the molecular basis of human health and disease as well as those focused on fundamental mechanisms of life.  The principal criterion for appointment in the University Tenure Line is a major commitment to research and teaching.  Candidates should submit in one complete PDF document: a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a description of research accomplishments and future plans, and contact information for three references to  Applications should be received by December 7, 2012.  References should send their letters electronically to the above email address or hardcopy to: Search Committee Chair, Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine, 279 Campus Drive, Room B400, Stanford, CA 94305-5307.

Stanford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Assistant Professor position, HERE

October 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

We’re recruiting!  Official ad here.

The Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. We seek broad and careful thinkers with strong theoretical foundations (e.g. in physics, mathematics, or computer science) who have a demonstrated commitment to tackling challenging biological or medical questions. Harvard Medical School offers a unique concentration of biomedical expertise, and the Department of Systems Biology has created a supportive and interactive environment for researchers with quantitative and theoretical skills. The successful candidate will become a member of the university-wide Ph.D. Program in Systems Biology, which has an established record of attracting extraordinary graduate students.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2012. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline or an MD.

To apply, please submit a statement of research interests (~ three pages), a curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least three colleagues who have agreed to write letters of recommendation to Once you apply, your recommenders will be prompted to submit their letters on this application portal; please make sure your recommenders submit their letters before the deadline.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline or an MD.

Applications from, or nominations of, women and minority candidates are encouraged. Harvard is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Lecturer position, Oxford University

September 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

University Lecturership in Mathematical Biology in association with Balliol College

Vacancy Reference:  BK/12 009
Salary Range:  On a scale from £42,883 per annum.
Appointment Term:  Permanent

The Mathematical Institute proposes to appoint a University Lecturer in Mathematical Biology from 1 April 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.  The successful candidate will be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Balliol College under arrangements described in the further particulars.  The combined University and College salary will be on a scale from £42,883 per annum.

The main duties of the post are to carry out, disseminate the results of, obtain funding for, and supervise research at a high international standard in Mathematical Biology, to teach a range of topics in mathematics via lectures, classes and tutorials, and to perform administrative and pastoral functions associated with teaching and research.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in mathematics or closely related subject and must have a record of outstanding research and publication in Mathematical Biology.

The successful candidate will be expected to have the ability to teach effectively over a range of topics in the undergraduate mathematics syllabus at Oxford, not exclusively in the area of his or her research expertise, in both tutorials and lectures.  The duties and responsibilities of the post are set out in the further particulars, which may be obtained from The further particulars also contain details of the application procedure.

The closing date for applications is 29 October 2012. Please quote reference: BK/12/009.

Queries about the post should be addressed to Brenda Willoughby at or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 273576.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity.

Position available at Ohio State University

September 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Departments of Microbiology and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University invite applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor whose research focuses on Environmental Microbiology and Bioenergy. We seek a Molecular Microbiologist whose research will be directed towards molecular characterization of physiological processes used by microorganisms to produce biofuels or will be focused on other key environmental issues.

Research approaches that include efforts in metabolic engineering and systems biology/synthetic biology are of special interest. This individual will join a vibrant community
that includes, in addition to nearly 50 faculty members in the Microbiology and CBE departments, researchers at the Office for Energy and the Environment ,
the Center for Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment (pdf), the School of Earth Sciences, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Battelle Memorial Institute, and the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program . The expected arrangement will be a 70% appointment in Microbiology and 30% appointment in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, but other arrangements may be considered depending on the research interests of the candidate.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and relevant postdoctoral research experience. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain an extramurally funded research program and to actively support our strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2012. Application materials, including a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation, as well as additional questions about the search, should be sent by e‐mail to:

To build a diverse workforce The Ohio State University encourages applications from minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. Flexible work options are available. Ohio State is an NSF ADVANCE Institution. EEO/AA employer.

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