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Senior Research Associate in Control Engineering/Engineering Biology


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Closing date

Jun 17, 2024 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time senior researcher to work with the group of Prof Antonis Papachristodoulou at the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and is fixed-term for up to thirty six months with the possibility of extension, subject to additional confirmation of funds.


This position is part of the recently funded Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Programme Grant “EEBio: Efficient engineering and control of predictable and reliable biotechnologies”, a collaboration between the universities of Oxford, Bristol, and Imperial College as well as more than two dozen industry and academic partners. The research project will develop new technologies underpinning Synthetic/Engineering Biology, with the goal of transforming the field to add reliability, robustness, and predictability throughout the biological design process.


For this post, candidates with experience in the intersection of Control Engineering, mathematical modelling and Engineering Biology are being sought. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with our interdisciplinary team that includes experts in synthetic biology, mathematics, robotics, control, AI, and biotechnology more broadly, and also interface with EEBio team members at Imperial College and the University of Bristol.


You should hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil together with relevant experience at the intersection of control engineering, mathematical biology and Engineering/Synthetic Biology, and strong computational skills. You should have excellent written and oral communication skills and a strong ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Antonis Papachristodoulou (email:


Only online applications received before midday on 17 June 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, that includes a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit the advertised position), a CV, and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.


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Antonis Papachristodoulou

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