Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) | Bioelectrical Control of Zebrafish Fin Size

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden

Job Code: 2023-PostDoc-BioelectricalControl-2450

Job Offer from January 27, 2023

The Mateus group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Dresden and at the Excellence Cluster Physics of Life, Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Germany, has an opening for a Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) on the bioelectrical control of zebrafish fin size.

Job description

The Mateus group pursues interdisciplinary experimental research at the interface of quantitative developmental biology, biochemistry, genetics, and physics. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms governing organ growth, in particular by exploring the physical properties of different signals that allow organs to measure their current size.
This exploratory project focuses on acquiring a quantitative understanding of the dynamic electric environmental changes that cells are exposed upon organ damage and regeneration, and how those can be coupled with signaling towards starting proliferation. This is a collaborative project being pursued together with the laboratory of Frank Jülicher (MPI-PKS) with the aim of disentangling the dynamic relationship between ion flows, electrical currents and cell proliferation. For this, we are using the zebrafish larval fin as an experimental model and are joining efforts to develop theoretical approaches based on continuum models taking into account flexoelectricity concepts.

Your qualification

As a lab, we value enthusiasm, creativity, respect, trust, honesty, collegiality, rigor, humor and fun in doing science together as a team. We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with similar values, good knowledge of English and at least one first-author publication to complement our team from an imaging, biochemical, quantitative/systems biology and/or (bio)physical perspective.

The ideal candidate should have a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a relevant discipline with affinity for microscopy and quantitative image analysis. Experience in some of following areas: quantitative (live) imaging, Python-based programming (or similar languages), fluorescent lipid sensors, optogenetics, electrophysiology, protein biochemistry, zebrafish husbandry, genome editing (transgenesis, CRISPR-Cas9) and/or regeneration would be an advantage.

Our offer

The full-time position is available immediately for an initial appointment of 1.5 years, with the potential of extension. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees, up to level E13). The MPI-CBG and the Excellence Cluster Physics of Life offer a broad network for career development and training opportunities through the Max Planck Society and TUD. Our institutions strive for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Your application

Interested candidates should submit an application including:

  •  cover letter indicating the motivation to apply for this position
  •  a CV
  •  two letters of recommendation (these can also be emailed directly), or names of potential references
  •  a short statement of the candidate’s previous research accomplishments (<1 page)

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

For further details on the position offered, please contact Dr. Rita Mateus [email protected] Initial questions about contract, compensation, or benefits can be addressed to Brian von Rueden, Head of Human Resources, via [email protected] .

Please submit your complete application via our online application system stating Code 2023-PostDoc-BioelectricalControl-2450.

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