Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Edwige Moyroud at the Sainsbury Laboratory.
The successful candidate will conduct fundamental research aimed at understanding the mechanisms governing pattern formation on the epidermis of flower petals.
The project will focus on theoretical modelling of petal epidermis growth and patterning at a tissular and cellular level and is part of a collaboration with the groups of James Locke and Henrik Jönsson at SLCU.
The successful candidate will combine imaging approaches and computational tools to understand how a clear boundary can be set-
up in the growing petal of Hibiscus trionum to produce a bullseye pattern. The project will also give opportunity to the successful candidate to develop microscopy skills and to participate in the development of new methodologies allowing live imaging of pattern formation.
This post requires candidates of exceptional ability who are enthusiastic about combining computational tools and experimental approaches to understand the mechanisms behind pattern formation in a living system.
Candidates must have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in Computational Biology, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering or Developmental Biology.
Expertise in theoretical biophysics and advanced knowledge of tissue modelling is desirable. The candidate will also have a keen interest in working with an emerging model system and in learning and developing new experimental protocols.
Candidates with a strong computational background must have the ability to use and develop novel algorithms and / or existing software to tackle novel developmental questions.
They should also have some experience with the production and / or use of imaging data. Candidates with a strong experimental (microscopy) background should also have some experience in the use of computational tools and a keen interest in learning how to use modelling approaches.
The successful candidate will be fully involved in the basic research in these areas whilst also writing up their research work for presentation and publication.
The post holder may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to their research area.
The Moyroud group is looking for a strong team player, keen to work in a highly collaborative set-up and enthusiastic to join a young Lab that is developing as a diverse and interdisciplinary team.
Strong communication skills are required to interact with group members and other researchers at SLCU with different scientific backgrounds.
The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities.
More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees can be found at : http : / / www.slcu.cam.ac.uk / .
The post is full time and available immediately.
Fixed-term : The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.