Researcher in Cancer Genomics and Computational Biology

Queen Mary University of London Barts Cancer Institute

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher 

Department: Barts Cancer Institute
Salary: £36,802 - £40,360
Reference: QMUL23626
Location: Charterhouse Square
Date posted: 10-Dec-2020
Closing date: 31-Jan-2021


Barts Cancer Institute/Department of Cancer Genomics and Computational Biology
Post title: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher
Post ref: QMUL23626

About the Role

Applications are invited for an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) to work on the Marie Skodowska-Curie European Training Network (ETN) ‘EvoGamesPlus’ (EC GA: 955708) focused on modelling stochastic processes in evolutionary games of resistance to cancer treatment.

About You

This opportunity will be based at the Barts Cancer Institute (BCI), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) under the supervision of Dr Benjamin Werner and the successful applicant will undertake a PhD. The successful candidate will hold a BSc, MSc or an equivalent degree in applied mathematics, physics, or computer science and satisfy the admission requirements for a PhD student. Strict eligibility requirements apply: please refer to the ‘person specification’ in the job description for details.

About the Project

The ESR will conduct a research project (ESR9) to use stochastic processes and game theory to study how different mechanisms of resistance (e.g. genetic mutations, non-genetics changes and their stochastic properties) in cancer cells and how we can adjust treatment to maximise treatment efficacy under these different possible assumptions. The successful candidate will also receive training on transferable skills and attend regular training and networking across the Consortium with travel across the EU and beyond including undertaking secondments at partner laboratories.

Analytical work will involve using, for example, probabilistic Markov models to find equilibria and non-equilibrium dynamics in our study system. Our partner training labs will be in the Maths Department at QMUL and the Maths Department at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

EvoGamesPlus comprises 15 beneficiaries from the academic sectors from 9 European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, UK) and a further 15 partner organisations from the academic sector from 7 countries (Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, USA) and comprises a high level research and doctoral level training programme involving a total of 15 ESRs.

About Queen Mary

At QMUL, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers. We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


This post is based at the Charterhouse Square Campus in London. It is a full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years and applicants must start before 1st August 2021.The starting salary is in the range of £36,802 - £40,360 per annum and will be subject to exchange rate review.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Interested candidates are strongly advised, prior to applying, to read carefully the job description and to contact Dr Benjamin Werner at to express their interest and intention to apply.

As part of the application process, candidates will be required to include:
• CV including relevant publications (if applicable)
• Personal statement detailing your research experience or related skills
• A covering letter explaining your motivation for the role
• Copies of academic degrees and official transcripts
• Two letters of recommendation

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The closing date for applications is 31st January 2021 and interviews will be held during February 2021.

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The School of Medicine and Dentistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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