Ph.D. and postdoctoral positions

Edinburgh Castle viewed from Calton Hill.

Ph.D. positions: Two projects are available:

Memory and nutrient-sensing
From current stimuli, microbes can anticipate future events. In this project, you will explore the advantages of memory by using time-lapse microscopy and microfluidics to quantify the responses of single cells of budding yeast to dynamically changing environments. See Crane et al., 2014.
Context-dependent modelling and adaptive evolution
Every biochemical system does not work alone but in concert with the rest of the cell. For example, energy used in one process is not available for another. Building on a model that incorporates such cellular trade-offs, you will determine robust cellular strategies for survival in competitive, fluctuating environments. See Weisse et al., 2015.

Additional projects are also possible.

Successful applicants will work at SynthSys, the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Systems and Synthetic Biology, one of the largest groupings of systems and synthetic biologists in the U.K., in the bespoke C.H. Waddington building.

Please send a C.V. to if interested.

For postdoctoral candidates, please write ( to see if a position is currently available. There are also fellowships from the Human Frontier Science Program (deadline at the end of August), the Newton International fellowship (deadline in April), and various Marie Curie possibilities.