Postdoctoral position in Cancer Bioinformatics - Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

University of Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Postdoctoral position in Cancer Bioinformatics - Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Professor Helen Byrne on an exciting new Cancer Research UK funded project, using mathematical and computational modelling to understand the impact of hypoxia dynamics on therapeutic responses in breast cancer. The position is available for 33 months and the postholder will be based here at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.

The successful candidate will join a successful multi-disciplinary team comprising of researchers at the Mathematical Institute and Department of Oncology, University of Oxford, and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, with the ultimate aim of investigating how cycling hypoxia, or low oxygen levels, affects the growth and response of tumours to treatment in vitro. You will use mathematical and computational modelling techniques via the group’s existing programming software, Microvessel Chaste, to simulate blood flow initially through artificial vessel networks, and later through biological vessel networks derived from photoacoustic images.


 Manage their own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines.  Adapt existing and develop new research methodologies and materials  Review and refine working theories as appropriate  Contribute ideas for new research projects  Develop ideas for generating research income  Collaborate in the preparation of research publications, and book chapters  Present papers at conferences or public meetings  Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the wider multidisciplinary team on methodologies or procedures  Represent the research group at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of the group or alone  Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups


Applicants will be expected to:  have, or be close to completing, a PhD in mathematics or a related discipline;  have experience of mathematical modelling;  have experience of programming in C++ or a similar language;  possess enthusiasm for learning about the growth and treatment of cancer;  have experience of developing and applying numerical methods to solve systems of partial differential equations;  have experience of using analytical techniques for studying ordinary and partial differential equations;  possess the ability to work independently and to pursue research as part of an interdisciplinary team;  hold a good publication record, for the stage of their career;  have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.

Additional Information

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 19 June 2020.