Research Associate

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!


Cardiff School of Biosciences



Research Associate
Cardiff School of Biosciences

We are pleased to offer the position for a full-time Research Associate, supporting the project led by Dr Grieneisen.

The successful candidate will have Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience and established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within Molecular Biosciences.

The Grieneisen group focuses on mathematically and computationally exploring multi-level feedbacks in multicellular development. We use plants as a model system to experimentally test interactions, and closely collaborate with other groups on nutrient uptake in plants as well as other biological systems. We use imaging analysis as well as computational modelling to unravel the complexity of the feedbacks between subcellular mechanisms of cell polarity and cell-cell signalling and tissue-level patterning. The modelling performed captures biological processes derived from experiments at different levels – molecular and genetic levels, subcellular properties, cells and organs – allowing them to interact. The objective is to investigate whether (and how) essential patterns for developmental regulation emerge on mesoscopic levels which are not coded for explicitly. One of our paradigm systems at the moment is how polarity-coordination is used to instruct rhizotactic foraging in plants and to coordinate optimal nutrient uptake. Concomitantly, the required self-organization of tissue polarity is studied in diverse species of different kingdoms. The postholder for this position will therefore be able to choose their particular question of research within the broad set of interests of the lab.
This is a full time position, fixed term for 18 months.
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6).  Please note that it is not expected that we will appoint above grade 6.34, currently £38,017 per annum.

Date advert posted: Thursday, 9 January 2020

Closing date: Sunday, 2 February 2020

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

To conduct research within systems and predictive biology and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.


• To conduct research within Systems & Predictive Biology and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
• To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
• To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required
• To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
• To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
• To formulate complex problems of cell and tissue polarity into models, applying these to diverse paradigm system.


• To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

IMPORTANT NOTE TO CANDIDATES: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing and we only invite candidates to interview who clearly evidence that they meet (or partially meet) each of the essential criteria. During the application process you will be asked to attach a supporting statement. This statement must outline how you meet the criteria below and we recommended formatting this by using each criteria as a sub-heading and providing your relevant experience/evidence below each sub-heading. It is crucial that you save your supporting statement with the vacancy number (eg. 1234BR) in the filename as failure to do so may result in it being omitted from your application. 

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area or other relevant industrial experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research or relevant experience demonstrating keen interest in the following following research fields:

i. Self-organization in complex systems, such as morphogenesis
ii. Computational modelling or Image analysis of cells and tissues

3. Proven ability to publish high-quality journals or high-impact conferences, or having contributed to open-access inititives or submitted to open-access data-bases.
4. Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies

Communication and Team Working

5. Proven ability to document work or to coordinate work within a team, for example, using github or scripts in R.
6. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
7. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
8. Proven ability to work without close supervision

Desirable Criteria

9. Experience in coding and/or statistics and mathematical modelling.
10. Enjoying to work in an interdisciplinary team.
11. Knowledge of plant development, or a keen interest in acquiring this.
12. Interest in combining computational biology to data-driven biology.

Job Category

Academic - Research

View or Apply

Similar Positions