Postdoctoral Training Fellow – Machine Learning

03/11/2019, 23:55

Molecular Pathology
Computational Pathology & Integrated Genomics
Full time
Fixed Term
3 years
£32,200 - £40,100
The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) leads the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment.

Under the leadership of our Chief Executive, Professor Paul Workman FRS, the ICR is ranked as the UK’s leading academic research centre. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top five cancer centres globally.

The ICR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

We seek a Postdoctoral Training Fellow to join the Yuan lab at The Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR). The main focus of the Yuan lab is to develop new computational approaches for studying cancer by fusing computer vision, machine learning and bioinformatics ( Different from traditional cancer-centric approaches, we study tumours from a novel perspective: as evolving ecosystems. Aided by advanced machine learning and computer vision, we apply ecological principles to help us understand why cancer is so difficult to treat – by studying not only cancer cells but also normal cells around them. 

This is a rare and rewarding opportunity to participate in a prospective, pioneering study of lung cancers and collaborate with world-leading teams on the TRACERx program. You will lead the development of new deep learning systems for analysing digital pathological images and integrating image data with genomics. We expect this exciting project to enable the discovery of new biomarkers and clinical innovations to change the way we treat lung cancer.

You will join a highly motivated team of computer scientists and bioinformaticians, working closely with clinicians in the vibrant centre of cancer research discovery and therapeutics at ICR London in the endeavour to cure cancer. You will enjoy the highly collaborative nature of this project, learn about the latest biotechnologies, travel to conferences, and excel in coordinating between programming and biomedical research.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science, Systems Biology, Ecology, Statistics or Engineering. Good programming skills, preferably in R, Matlab, Python or C, and experience in computer vision, machine learning or statistics are essential. 

Appointment will be on a Fixed Term Contract for 3 years, with a starting salary in the range of £32,200* to £40,100 p.a. inclusive, depending on postdoctoral experience. Expected start date is 1 Dec 2019 with flexibility. The successful candidate will be based in Sutton, Surrey.

*starting salary for applicants who submitted the thesis, and are awaiting PhD award

To apply, please complete an application form online via our website

To apply please include the following to your application:

  • A full CV with a Publication List
  • Supporting statement and the names and contact details of two referees
  • Research plan (one to two pages outlining your current research interests and research plans for the next 3 years) 


We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff.
Additional Documentation for Candidates

This Program is closed to applications.