Position: Assistant Researcher Project: Principles of information decoding in developmental systems Place: Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland Principal investigator: Dr Marcin Zagórski
Development of multicellular organisms is a remarkably reproducible process. During development cells are exposed to chemical cues that determine cell fate with positional precision of a few cell diameters. How this reproducibility is achieved is a fundamental question in biology that is still poorly understood. The proposed project addresses this question by applying methods of theoretical physics to model specific biological systems. As a result, factors affecting information decoding in developmental systems will be identified. Identification of these factors can have substantial impact in studies in a broad range of tissues and stem cell systems.
Requirements: • MSc in physics, mathematics, computer science or similar. • Interest in the interdisciplinary aspect of the project. • Experience with numerical solvers (C++, Python, or Mathematica). • Good communication skills. • Experience in complex systems or biological networks will be an asset.
Research tasks: • Proposing and analyzing models of developing tissue in the framework of theoretical physics. • Making model predictions that can be verified experimentally in selected biological systems. • Participation in overall scientific activity of the research group.
We offer: • Interdisciplinary research at the interface of physics and biology. More at http://zagorskigroup.com/ • Research projects jointly with experimental labs (Austria, UK). • Research visits in foreign institutions and participation in international conferences.
Terms of employment: Full time employment for initial 24 months with possible extension Starting date: December 2019 Salary: 5 000 PLN before-tax per month
Application should consist of scientific CV, list of publications and one recommendation letter. The documents should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is 18th November 2019, and results will be announced in the following week.
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