Computational Colloids, Thinking Soils

Position as a Research Assistant /Associate in Design and Bio Computation Available

1 Apr , 2019  

We are advertising an 18-month Research Assistant/Associate who will lead on the development of a new type of computational model integrating data from individual genes to forces through large volumes of material and living cells – visualising the 3D results of our Synthetic Biology system at multiple scales.

We are looking for creative, highly motivated and adaptable design-lead material computation specialist to join our team of architects, biologists and engineers. Our ideal candidate will have expertise using Processing and other Computer Aided Design packages. You should have a PhD (or nearing completion) in Architecture, design, design computation, emerging technologies or equivalent.

Imagine a column of sand saturated with billions of engineered bacteria cells. As a force is applied to the top of the column, bacteria in the sand detect an increase in pressure. The bacteria respond by synthesising a new biological material to bind the grains together and resist the load. The resulting structure would consist of a material where sand grains are only cemented where the forces through the material require. Our research proposes a proof of concept to show how we might design a manufacturing process where the material itself acts as manufacturer and designer, modelling and responding to its environment.

An initial pilot project was run, which attracted wide coverage across the scientific and popular media, including Science, The Times and Mail Online and we now have funding from the EPSRC for a 3-year version.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

This is a full-time, fixed term post available for the duration of 18 months.

Salary: £27,831 – £29,515 per annum (PhD Near Completion – Assistant Level)
£30,395 – £39,610 per annum (PhD Awarded – Associate Level)

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points-based system.

Required for Application

  • Standard application document
  • A full CV and cover letter
  • Portfolio of relevant design work highlighting Design computation and, in particular, Processing skills.

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Closing date

28 April 2019


Informal enquiries can be made to Martyn Dade-Robertson ( )

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