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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics to work on Modelling the Biophysics of sinus Infections with Professor Eric Lauga. The position is part of a UKRI-funded collaborative project to model experimentally and theoretically chronic rhinosinusitis (inflammation of the nose and paranasal sinuses) led by Co-PIs Teuta Pilizota (Edinburgh) and Eric Lauga (Cambridge). The project includes clinicians, physicists, biologists and applied mathematicians, across several departments in both Cambridge and Edinburgh. Specific work will include, but not be limited to, mathematical description of sinuses geometry, physical modelling of mucus clearance in sinuses, and biophysical modelling of sinus infections.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Physics, or Biophysics. The ideal candidates will have extensive training in applied and computational mathematics, including theoretical and computational modelling for the continuum mechanics of biophysical systems and a strong track record of theoretical research at the intersection of mathematics and biological physics. Candidates should also have a strong taste for interdisciplinary research problems, in particular relating to bacteria and infectious diseases, and interest in close collaborations with experimentalists and clinicians.


  • developing and conducting individual and collaborative research projects and writing scientific publications for peer-review;

  • plan and communicate material of a technical nature in seminars and conferences relating to the research area;

  • be able to build internal and external contacts relating to the research area;

  • assist the two co-PIs and the co-Is with the management of the funded research project;

  • supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2025 in the first instance.

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Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages).

Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Start date: On or soon after 1 September 2023.

Please quote reference LE36858 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Closing date

Jun 8th 2023

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