Future Leader Fellowship in the theory of cell programming

11 AUG 2020

The London Institute is hiring a Future Leader Fellow in the theory of cell programming. The position is for four years and includes funding for a postdoc. This follows a recent partnership with Cambridge cell coding company Bit Bio on a moonshot mission to decode cell programming and create every human cell type.

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The gross salary is £52,000–£62,000 per year and there is funding for up to four years of a postdoc, to be supervised by the Future Leader Fellow. The position can start at any time between now and the end of 2020. Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the Institute.

Role and eligibility

The Future Leader Fellow will join a small team of theorists at the London Institute investigating cell programming, and will play a strong role in leading that effort. They may develop mathematical models of cell transitions and cell fate and new mathematical tools for harnessing the experimental data generated by Bit Bio. They can also help determine future experimental lines of inquiry and innovations at Bit Bio.

More information about the collaboration between the London Institute and Bit Bio can be found at lims.ac.uk/decoding-cell-programming.

Modelled on the UKRI Future Leadership Fellowships, the position is for early career academics who are transitioning to or establishing independence. Senior academics are not permitted to apply. There are no eligibility rules based on the number of years since obtaining a PhD.

Candidates should have a PhD in physics, mathematics or computer science. Because the position is aimed at generating theoretical insights into cell programming, candidates should be mathematically proficient. They should have experience in some of the following: statistical physics, discrete mathematics, the theory of neural networks, Bayesian inference, disordered systems, high-dimensional inference and causal inference. Familiarity with cellular processes is advantageous but not necessary. Candidates should have an outstanding track record of research.

London Institute

The London Institute for Mathematical Sciences is a private academic institute for curiosity-driven research in physics, mathematics and the theoretical sciences. Funded by research agencies, foundations and firms, it gives scientists the freedom and support to make fundamental discoveries full-time.

More information about working at the London Institute can be found at lims.ac.uk/principles.

Candidate values

  1. Communication
  2. Curiosity
  3. Drive
  4. Enthusiasm
  5. Imagination
  6. Inspiration
  7. Irreverence
  8. Mastery
  9. Originality
  10. Persistence
  11. Simplicity
  12. Spontaneity