Postdoctoral Fellow in theoretical biophysics / biophysical modeling of cellular morphogenesis and pattern formation in the group of Prof. Andrew Goryachev
School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh
A four-year postdoctoral position is available to study theoretically biophysical mechanisms of self-organized pattern formation on the cell surface. The incumbent will perform development, implementation and analysis of biophysical models of complex spatiotemporal dynamics as well as advanced analyses of fluorescence microscopy data.
The group of Andrew Goryachev (goryachev.bio.ed.ac.uk) studies biophysical principles of cellular morphogenesis and pattern formation using theoretical methods and numerical simulation in close collaboration with experimental partners across the globe.
We are looking for a motivated, creative and dedicated researcher capable to work productively both independently and in a group. Successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in physical, mathematical and computational sciences and experience in computational systems biology, theoretical biophysics, soft-matter physics, nonlinear dynamical systems, chemical or hydrodynamic pattern formation, or related disciplines. Expertise in numerical solution and analysis of partial differential equations (reaction-diffusion, continuous mechanics, hydrodynamics) and excellent skills in scientific programming are required. Working knowledge of cell biology, biomechanics and experience in biological image analysis are desirable.
The project is a long-term collaboration with the cell and developmental biology lab of W. Bement at the U. of Wisconsin, Madison (Bement et al., Nat. Cell Biol., 17:1471, 2015) and is funded by the international collaborative agreement between the National Science Foundation, USA and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK.