Research Associate in Computational Biology

United Kingdom
Jan 24, 2018
Feb 28, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRDA) will lead the development of a new computational framework to produce interactive simulations of huge growing and evolving multi-cellular systems that can be observed and manipulated in virtual reality (VR). To make this possible, the agent-based simulations will exploit existing general-purpose physics engines to tap into the vast computational resources contained within modern computers, e.g. multi-core processors and highly-parallel graphics processing units (GPUs).

This project will open completely new avenues for the rational engineering multi-cellular biological systems. To explore the potential impact and establish this new area of research, it is expected that the PDRA will engage with the public through outreach sessions in local schools, organise an academic meeting focusing on the role of computational modelling in bioengineering, and contribute to new grant applications to grow this research over the long-term.

You will work within the School of Biological Sciences and become a member of the Biocompute Lab ( and BrisSynBio (, a BBSRC/EPSRC funded synthetic biology research centre at the University of Bristol. You will also work closely with the newly formed Virtual Biology Laboratory for Synthetic Biology.

You will hold an Undergraduate degree and PhD in a discipline relevant to high-performance computing (e.g. computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics).

For further information regarding the position or informal enquires and questions please contact Dr Thomas Gorochowski (

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