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1 Postdoc position available in the lab of Karsten Kruse (UniGE, Switzerland) within a collaborative Quantitative Cell Biology project

  • Application Deadline
    01 March 2019
    (application date has expired)
  • Contact Name
    Karsten Kruse

Funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation Sinergia grant, we are looking for an ambitious postdoc student with interest in computational quantitative cell biology approaches within a consortium made of four labs with complementary expertise. The multidisciplinary project aims at understanding signaling mechanisms that regulate contractile cytoskeletal structures in processes such as cell migration, organogenesis and cytokinesis. The project will mix state of the art live cell imaging methods in cultured cells and Drosophila embryos, optogenetic and microfabrication techniques to manipulate single living cells, and analysis of cytoskeletal/signaling processes using tools and concepts from theoretical physics.

The postdoctoral position is within the group of Karsten Kruse group at University of Geneva:


The postdoc will use tools and concepts from theoretical physics to study the interplay between spatiotemporal Rho GTPase signaling and cytoskeletal arrays using datasets generated by the experimental groups. The postdoc will solely use computational approaches.

The experimental groups in the consortium are:

• Prof Olivier Pertz (University of Bern, Switzerland): Study of cell migration in cultured cells.


• Prof Damian Brunner (University of Zurich, Switzerland): Study of Drosophila Organogenesis.


• Prof Daniel Riveline (IGBMC, Strasbourg, France): Study of cytokinesis/epithelial contractile arrays in cultured cells


Candidate requirements and conditions of employment

Candidates with a PhD in Biophysics, Physics, Mathematics, or a closely related field should apply. The postdoc is expected to interact within a multidisciplinary environment including Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and to closely collaborate with all members of the consortium. Excellent spoken and written English are required. We aim to start this project around June 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All positions are initially offered for 1 year, and can be renewed for up to 4 years. Salaries are in accordance with guidelines from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

How to apply?

Applications with a full CV, 3 references and a cover letter with a short research statement should be submitted to Prof Karsten Kruse (University of Geneva, Switzerland): Physical analysis of cytoskeletal/signaling processes using computational approaches (no wetlab). Email: [email protected]

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