Postdoctoral Training Fellow: Theoretical Physics


The Francis Crick institute (the Crick) is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, University College London (UCL), Imperial College London and Kings College London. It is a registered charity whose purpose is to conduct biomedical research into all aspects of human health and disease.

The institute will be a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation. It will promote connections between researchers and disciplines and between academic institutions, healthcare organisations and businesses. Dedicated to research excellence, the institute will have the scale, vision and expertise to tackle the most challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease. It will be world-class with a strong national role—training scientists and developing ideas for public good. Due to open in November 2015, The Crick will be located in a new, purpose built research centre in central London (Brill Place next to St. Pancras International) and will house some 1,250 researchers and 250 support staff.

The position of Postdoctoral Training Fellow in Theoretical physics has been created to contribute towards research in theoretical physics applied to biological systems.

Organisation: The post holder will be a member of the Theoretical Physics of Biology Group led by Guillaume Salbreux.

Objectives: The postdoctoral training fellow will develop and analyse a generic theory of active surfaces. In collaboration with experimentalists, this theory will be applied at the cell scale to analyse the shape of protrusions at the cell surface, and at the tissue scale to understand the establishment of tissue shape during embryonic morphogenesis.

Specific objectives will include, but not be limited to:

  • Develop a theory of out-of-equilibrium surfaces with order parameters.
  • Develop numerical simulations of active surface shapes.
  • Develop a model of the cell membrane shape and fluxes during cell morphogenetic processes.

Person Specification: The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegiate, in addition to the following:


  • A PhD or in final stage of completing a PhD in theoretical physics, biological physics, applied maths or related fields.
  • Experience in collaborative work with experimentalists, either physicists or biologists.
  • Experience in performing numerical simulations.
  • At least one first authorship in a peer-reviewed international publication
  • Ability to work independently, creativity and good communication skills.


  • Experience with theories of active matter.
  • Experience with continuum mechanics.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and covering letter, explaining your motivation and suitability for this role including details of your current salary, to Guillaume Salbreux via  and quoting ‘Postdoctoral training fellow – theoretical physics – 313 in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 15th June at 5pm.

For any questions relating to this role, please contact either Guillaume Salbreux, Group Leader via or Nicola Texeira, Resourcing Advisor via


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