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Lecturer in Biological Physics

London (Greater) (GB)
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26 Mar 2024

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The Department of Physics is seeking to recruit a Lecturer in Biophysics to undertake internationally leading research in Theoretical Biological Physics within the Biological Physics and Soft Matter group (BPSM) and take a lead role in the delivery of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The appointee will have research interests in theoretical biophysics with the aim of consolidating and diversifying existing research within the Department, which currently includes experimental work in light microscopy (including super-resolution and fluorescence imaging) and mechanobiology (including single molecule, single cell and single organoid mechanics and Atomic Force Microscopy imaging, combined with coarse-grained and all-atom simulations and theoretical aspects of phase separation. To this end, the areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, mechanobiology, morphogenesis, molecular motors, natural and naturally-inspired molecular machines, statistical mechanics and bio-inspired active matter.   

This is an exciting time to join us in a unique opportunity to shape the future of our Department of Physics at one of the most prestigious Universities in the UK. Our vision is to firmly establish a contemporary department, where key part of King’s Physics ethos is equality, with a dynamic and fulfilling academic culture for all, and an emphasis on tackling the under-representation of women in science and active involvement in the University’s commitment to the Race Equality Charter. We currently hold a silver Athena Swan award and Juno Champion status from the Institute of Physics (IOP).  

Celebrating diversity and supporting staff is important to us and we offer a range of provisions including flexible working, caring support (including a Parenting and Carers Fund and the Carer’s Career Development Fund), training, and a variety of diversity and inclusion networks. Staff can apply for flexible working to help them balance the demands of their professional and personal commitments and we offer comprehensive leave policies for parental, adoption, surrogacy, dependant, and shared leave.   

The Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES) comprises Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics – all departments are highly rated in research activities and have a wide-ranging portfolio of education programmes.  The university is making investment in NMES and both student and staff numbers are growing. Our staff come from over 45 countries and 56% of our students are from outside the UK. KCL staff are principally located on the Strand Campus in the heart of central London, further details available at  and 

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract   

This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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