Research Associate/Fellow (fixed-term)

Closing Date
Monday, 27th November 2017
Job Type
Mathematical Sciences
£26495 to £32548 per annum, (pro rata if offered a job share) depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD).

Applications are invited for the above post to work with Dr Simon Preston and Dr Erik Murchie (Nottingham) and Prof Oliver Jensen (Manchester) on a BBSRC-funded project entitled “The 4-dimensional plant". This project is an innovative inter-disciplinary collaboration between the Schools of Biology, Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Nottingham and the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester. The aim is to understand the interplay between wind forcing, plant movement and photosynthesis, with the goal of improving cereal crop yields.  This post will involve developing mechanical and data-driven models of moving plants, and using modelling to understand the implications for light dynamics within a canopy and consequently its photosynthetic yield.

Candidates must hold or be near completion of a PhD, or equivalent, in a relevant branch of mathematics, physics or statistics. A good knowledge of one or both of continuum mechanics (particularly in areas such as flow-structure interaction) or statistics (particularly involving high-dimensional data such as images, and spectral methods such as Principal Component Analysis) is essential, as is a willingness to develop appropriate skills in new areas.  Candidates should be confident, organised, have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team as well as independently. The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the publication of scientific papers, and to their dissemination at relevant workshops and conferences. They should have evidence that the quality and quantity of their previous research outputs is commensurate with their level of experience.

In recognition of its commitment to promoting women in science, The University of Nottingham is one of a small number of universities to hold a Silver Athena SWAN Award.

This full-time position is available from 1st November 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter, and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 26 months. This post is open to a job share.

For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences, which has strong and active research groups in areas including applied mathematics and statistics, see:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Simon Preston ( or Oliver Jensen ( Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.