Cambridge Systems Biology Centre and Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK

A position exists for a PhD student in the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre ( to study protein movements in Escherichia coli that are the results of signalling events. The aim is to test the hypothesis that these movements improve the accuracy and speed of signal transduction in cells. This dynamic process will be studied by advanced fluorescent microscopy in combination with computational simulations to analyse the data and create predictive models.

The ideal candidate will be a life science graduate with some experience in quantitative microscopy and molecular biology and a strong interest in computational modelling, but applicants from a physical sciences or engineering background with an interest in biology will also be considered. The project can start at any date from now until October 2010.

The studentship is open to all nationals, but only includes fees at the home/EU rate. It offers a tax free maintenance grant at standard BBSRC rates, currently £13,290 per year, for three years.

Applications should contain a letter, CV, and a PD18 (which can be downloaded from with the names and addresses of three referees, and should be sent quoting reference PH06174 to Dr. Karen Lipkow, KL280 [at] (phone: +44-1223-760260).