Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Biological Science

Egham, United Kingdom
£35,931 per annum - including London Allowance
14 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Biological Science

Location:      Egham
Salary:      £35,931 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:      Friday 29 November 2019
Interview Date:      See advert

Full-Time, Fixed Term Contract (2 years)

Applications are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join the research group of Dr. Francisco Ubeda as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. We are interested in intra-genomic conflict as an evolutionary force, and the successful candidate will work on a NSF-NERC funded research project which focuses on the evolution of meiosis and recombination via intra-genomic conflict in general and sperm parasitic species in particular. The project will involve formulating mathematical models of the evolution of meiosis and recombination and using the predictions of these models to direct empirical work on the evolution of meiosis in sperm parasitic species. This project is an exciting opportunity to understand the circumstances under which natural selection favours intra-genomic conflict and how this form of conflict can transform genomic architectures.

You will be responsible for the formulation and analysis of mathematical models, in addition to the preparation for publication and presentation of the models. You will work alongside the project’s Principal Investigator.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Biology, Mathematics or Mathematical Biology (it is acceptable to be in the final phase of a PhD programme). A good publication record in peer-reviewed journals is essential, and experience of presenting at international conferences is highly desirable. You will have extensive experience of mathematical modelling in the field of evolution, and be familiar with population genetics and evolutionary theory. We are searching for an experienced, independent and forward-thinking researcher. Royal Holloway University of London is host to a vibrant community of researchers in Evolution.

This is a full time, fixed-contract post, available for 2 years from 13th of January 2020 (although we can accommodate any starting date until 1st of Sep 2020.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing.
  • Free parking

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr. Francisco Ubeda on

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit The Human Resources Department can be contacted with queries by email at:

Please quote the reference: 1019-396

Closing Date: Midnight, 29 November 2019

Interview Date: TBC (Early December 2019 at Royal Holloway)