Research Associate: Chromatin Transitions, , University of Cambridge, UK

Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme for PhD in Cambridge, UK

Research Associate: Chromatin Transitions : We are seeking two ambitious and talented postdoctoral research associates to join our team to develop new computational approaches to study chromatin phase transitions at sub-molecular resolution within the ERC-funded project ChromatinDroplets. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to our goal of understanding the synergistic relationship between multi-component biomolecular condensates, chromatin structure, and gene regulation.

Research Associate: Computer Simulations of Chromatin Phase Transitions x 2 (Fixed Term)

Designation: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Area: Computational Approaches to Study Chromatin Phase Transitions

Location: Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge


  • Holding (or about to hold) a PhD/DPhil in Physics, Chemistry, or a closely related field, with a strong interest in biological systems
  • Strong experience in modelling and simulations of chromatin organization and/or biomolecular phase transitions
  • Extensive demonstrable experience with LAMMPS and/or OpenMM
  • Experience in developing or applying coarse-grained models, polymer models, and/or in developing and applying Molecular Dynamics and/or Monte Carlo simulations to biomolecular systems or condensed matter systems

Job Description: The successful candidates will join the research group led by Prof. Rosana Collepardo ( based at the Departments of Chemistry and Genetics, University of Cambridge. The Collepardo group develops theoretical methods and multiscale computational models to investigate physical and molecular mechanisms that regulate the organization of biomolecules, including chromatin, inside cells. The role holders’ responsibilities will include:

  • Carrying out research in computer simulations and statistical mechanics of chromatin phase transitions
  • Collaborating in the preparation of reports and journal articles
  • Presenting papers at conferences and workshops
  • Representing the group at meetings and seminars
  • Co-supervising graduate students

How to Apply: Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online. Please send applications in the following format:

  1. A CV, including full details of all University courses taken to date, with grades (if available) and a publication record (if available)
  2. The names and contact details of two academic referees
  3. A cover letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this role, how you match the criteria for the post, and listing your research experience to date

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to Prof. Rosana Collepardo at Please quote reference MA42081 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Last Date for Apply: 30 July 2024

Additional Information:

  • The starting date is flexible but preferably around September 2024.
  • The University actively supports equality, diversity, and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.
  • The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.
  • The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Salary: £29,605- £33,966 or £36,024- £44,263



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