King's College London

Research Associate in Multi-scale Modelling of Lipid Membranes in the Department of Physics

Reference: THW/15/059639/001230
Salary Details: Grade 6 £32,600 - £38,896 per annum
Allowances: London Allowance £2,323
Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term
Contract Term: Full time

The Department of Physics within the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences is looking to appoint a post-doctoral research fellow for 24 months (2 years) to utilise atomistic and coarse-grain simulations of the dynamics of domain formation and membrane supramolecular lateral organisation in membranes constituted of lipid mixtures akin to the inner leaflet of the red blood cell. This work is part of an interdisciplinary EPSRC funded collaborative project with partners at the University of Exeter and University of Kent.

The post will include using coarse-grain and atomistic simulations to study microdomain formation and how the lipid order and stability of membranes is affected by the presence of the chemical products of the oxidation of the lipid membrane, membrane composition and degree of saturation. Additionally, the candidate will work with another postdoc based at the University of Kent in the development of a novel mesoscale model of the whole red blood cell. The successful applicant will be a key part of the larger project team, which also includes experimental work applying various biophysical approaches to study red blood cells as well as model lipid membranes and Langmuir lipid monolayers at the University of Exeter. The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals, write reports and manuscripts for publications, identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

The successful applicant will be a nationally recognized authority in the area of theoretical biophysics, soft matter physics or physical chemistry, who possesses significant experience with atomistic and coarse-grain simulations of biological systems and sufficient programming skills and specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

The Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter group, of which the successful applicant will be a member, at KCL has an attractive working environment in the centre of London and excellent computational facilities that will be supplemented by additional computational resources associated with the project. The researcher will also be able to communicate with a wide and diverse computational community
within the Thomas Young Centre in London (,
of which the KCL is one of the founding members.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10 December 2015.

Equality of opportunity is College policy.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £32,600 to £38,896, per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.

Fixed term contract for 2 years.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Dr. Chris Lorenz on +44 0207 848 2639, or via email at

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Closing date: 10 December 2015

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