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Postdoctoral Researcher - Fixed Term

Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Location:  Hawkshead (nr Potters Bar, Herts)
Salary:  £35,274 to £45,113 Per Annum Including London Weighting
Fixed Term / Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Thursday 13 August 2020
Interview Date:  Thursday 27 August 2020
Reference:  CBS-0177-20

This is a fixed term contract until 30 September 2021.


We are searching for a highly motivated, independent, multidisciplinary postdoctoral researcher who will work in the Structure & Motion Lab. You will, in coordination with external collaborators, one other postdoc, two technicians, a research assistant and an administrative assistant as well as the project’s Principal Investigator, conduct computational simulation-based research investigating the evolution of locomotion in terrestrial vertebrates (specifically, archosaurs; the lineage including crocodiles, birds, Mesozoic dinosaurs and other groups). The work will heavily involve 3D biomechanical simulation using optimal control theory (trajectory optimisation) and compatible skills in this area are essential.


This “DAWNDINOS” project is funded by the ERC (EU Horizon 2020) and is led by the PI, Prof. John R. Hutchinson, along with other collaborators. More information on our team: 

Project website:


You will lead in all stages of the research. This includes collection and analysis of simulation data and implementing Good Research Practice and Health and Safety practices. Skills in computer programming that involve optimal control / dynamical systems theory directly transferable to the research project are essential to the project and must be evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publication(s) demonstrating these skills.


We are looking for candidates with a PhD qualification and with research experience extremely relevant to computer simulation of dynamic systems (e.g. engineering; computer science; physics; computational neuroscience) or a closely related field, who also have experience of conducting world class research.


Given the Coronavirus pandemic situation and potential lockdown(s), remote working arrangements would be considered or even necessary. The research is entirely digital so it is amenable to this.

We offer a generous reward package.

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