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[Apply by 10 July 2018] Post Doc Researcher - Platform Design and Development at Microsoft

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position based at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, to work on a platform for biological modelling and automated laboratory experimentation. The successful applicant will extend computational methods being developed in the Biological Computation group and collaborate with scientists in leading academic institutions. The goal of the project is to accelerate biological research by integrating automated liquid handling, data tracking and computational modelling, to increase biological understanding through iterative cycles of modelling and experimentation. This methodology will be applied to research on understanding the formation of bacterial biofilms.

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The focus of the position is to work with a team of researchers and engineers to design and develop a platform for collecting experimental data and integrating it with models in a biological knowledge base. This will include working with the Genetic Engineering of Cells (GEC) programming language developed at Microsoft Research, written in F#.  The successful candidate will have a strong background in design and development of computational modelling software, and experience with biological research. Experience with deploying and operating cloud infrastructure is also desirable. 

Qualifications and Skills

  • PhD in a relevant field with a focus on computational biology
  • Experience in design and development of computational modelling software
  • Ability and desire to work in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Track record of executing on an innovative research agenda

The position is available immediately, however the start date is flexible.


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