Research Fellow in Modelling and Analysis of Cancer Invasion

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 per annum
13 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
10 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 10/05/2021
Salary £33,797 per annum
Job category/type Research

Job description

We are seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on a two-year fixed term contract, you will be based at the Mathematical Sciences Research Centre (MSRC), which is part of our School of Mathematics and Physics. You will use kinetic transport equations and various scaling techniques to derive new, more realistic models of cancer invasion. You will analyse some of the equations rigorously, e.g. by proving the existence of solutions and convergence to a scaling limit. You will work in a close contact with Principal investigator Dr Anna Zhigun.

This research is part of the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) New Investigator Award grant-funded project entitled "Modelling and analysis of cancer invasion with flux-saturation mechanisms". This exciting multidisciplinary project aims at using mathematics to gain a better understanding of cancer spread.

This is a fixed term contract for 2 years or until 30 June 2023, whichever is soonest.

The successful candidate must have, and you should clearly demonstrate this in your CV/Cover letter:

  • Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD such as in applied mathematics.
  • Relevant Degree or Postgraduate Qualification to include modules in mathematical biology and mathematical analysis
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience
  • Extensive breadth and depth of experience in modelling with kinetic transport equations.
  • Demonstrable experience in rigorous analysis of PDEs
  • Evidence of a strong publication record commensurate with career stage and experience  

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

The School has a commitment of becoming an academic home to researchers with a highly diverse cultural and professional background. It takes pride in its equal opportunity provision and in its work towards gender equality. This is demonstrated by the fact that Mathematics at Queen's was the first in the discipline to be granted a silver Athena SWAN award. We very much look forward to continuing to expand our reputation of an internationally leading academic discipline in a dynamic and vibrant research environment.

We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen's University Belfast, via email resourcing@qub.ac.uk.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all. However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ are currently under-represented at the University. Also Protestants are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications from these individuals.

As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other.  More details on all our networks can be found at  https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding. 

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