Research Associate in Physics

University of Cambridge

A position exists for a Research Associate to work in Dr. Fusco's group at the Cavendish laboratory (Department of Physics). The aim of the role is to investigate some of the fundamental aspects that drive the evolutionary trajectories of phage-bacteria ecosystems as a function of physical constraints, e.g., spatial structure, and biological constraints, e.g., resource allocation within the cell. The role will involve developing novel experimental assays to reproducibly evolve lines of phage and bacteria, genome analysis, and fluorescence microscopy. Additional opportunities to develop microfluidic assays and theoretical models will also be offered, depending on your interests.

You will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in bioengineering, evolutionary biology, microbiology, biophysics or similar with a proven track record in quantitative analysis of biological data. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in phage biology as demonstrated by publications in appropriate journals. You will also have the ability to work in a team and communicate effectively their results.

Your place of work will be located at the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter together with a list of key publications.

The closing date for applications is 10th September 2023

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr. Diana Fusco ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact PHY Rutherford HR

Please quote reference KA38026 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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