IPLS Strategic Fellowships (Senior Research Fellows) x2


UCL Physics and Astronomy

IPLS Strategic Fellowships (Senior Research Fellows) x 2

The appointment will be full time on UCL Grade 8. The salary range will be £41,430 – £48,873 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

University College London is expanding and developing novel research at the interface of physics and biology. We seek to appoint two Strategic Fellows for the Institute for the Physics of Living Systems (IPLS) in theoretical physics applied to biology. The fellowships will be held in the Department of Physics and Astronomy with strong links to the Faculty of Life Sciences. These are Proleptic Academic Appointments. Each fellowship will be for three years in the first instance. At the end of three years, fellows will be appointed on the academic staff with an open ended contract pending positive evaluation by IPLS and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which will be conducted at the end of the second year.

Fellowships will be awarded to the highest calibre candidates who are able to demonstrate an exceptional track record in relation to their career stage and who are deemed to have the potential to submit competitive fellowship or personal award applications at an early stage of the Strategic Fellowship.

The Fellows will be members of the new UCL IPLS. The IPLS was established in 2014 as a cross-faculty institute between the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences and the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, following a strategic commitment of UCL to developing cross-disciplinary research. The mission of IPLS is to promote approaches combining physics and biology to understand fundamental properties of living systems. The IPLS works to support the research of UCL groups already established in this field and aims to catalyse new interactions between physicists and biologists. The Fellows will complement the current IPLS faculty by bringing key expertise in applying theoretical physics to biology. They will be fully involved in the activities of the Institute and will contribute to establishing an active and connected interdisciplinary community at UCL and neighbouring institutions, including the Francis Crick Institute.

The overall goal of the IPLS Strategic Fellowship programme is to recruit and develop exceptional early career researchers working at the interface of physics and biology, to support them in an environment that fosters academic excellence, creativity and innovation; helping them to become the leaders of the future.

Applicants should have a PhD in Theoretical Physics or a related discipline and be early-career theoretical physicists with an established track record of collaborative work with biologists. Candidates will have research activity that spans the larger field of the biological physics of complex systems and emerging behaviours, including but not limited to soft matter physics, image analysis / signal processing and dynamical systems. IPLS Strategic Fellows will be expected to develop and submit fellowship applications to UK Research Councils as well as organisations like the Royal Society and Wellcome Trust at an early stage. Fellows will also be expected to demonstrate capability for teaching in order to contribute to an emerging IPLS portfolio of graduate and undergraduate teaching, as well as the broader UCL portfolio.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1477227.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact
An Tyrell (

If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Professor Ewa Paluch, Head of IPLS

Closing Date: 7th September 2015

Interview Date: 28th and 29th September 2015

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