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Postdoctoral positions in mammalian epigenetics

Posted by on September 30th, 2015

Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the laboratory “Epigenetic Regulation of Cell Identity” headed by Dr. Michael WEBER at the CNRS in Strasbourg (France). The positions are funded for up to three years by an ERC Consolidator grant and the INCa (National Cancer Institute). The research in our laboratory aims at better understanding the[…]

Postdoctoral Position – Developmental Biology and Biophysics

Posted by on September 29th, 2015

We are seeking outstanding and highly motivated postdoctoral candidates to join an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Gros lab (“Imaging and Regulation of Morphogenesis in Higher Vertebrates” lab) at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, and the Campas lab (“Morphogenesis and Self-Organization of Living Matter” lab) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This specific position[…]

Question of the month- PhD internships

Posted by on September 28th, 2015

There is an increased awareness that only a small fraction of PhD students will ultimately secure a tenure-track position in academia. This has led to a discussion on whether graduate schools have a responsibility to help PhD students prepare for a career outside academia, either by providing training on a broader range of transferable skills, or simply by[…]

From our sister journals- September 2015

Posted by on September 28th, 2015

Here is some developmental biology related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists.             Auditory hair cell defects in Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) is a rare genetic disorder associated with sensorineural deafness. In this study, Andrea Streit and colleagues show that, although cochlear hair cells are specified[…]

PLM10: the Physics of Living Matter is coming of age

Posted by on September 27th, 2015

This week, Cambridge (UK) hosted the 10th Symposium on the Physics of Living Matter (PLM10) ( For those of us who were at PLM1, it is surprising to see that what was (and remains) a grass roots organized event, persists. In some ways it is a tribute and an example that a community can be[…]

The Rapstract

Posted by on September 25th, 2015

In a world first, Phil Day presents a complete summary of a peer-reviewed scientific paper in the medium of rap: The Rapstract. Original paper: Dr. Carolina Barcellos-Machado et al., Reconstruction of Phrenic Identity in Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Motor Neurons (2014) Interpretation in Rap by Phil Day presented here. Subtitles available. Phil Day is the[…]

Faculty Positions, University of Maryland, College Park

Posted by on September 24th, 2015

We seek to fill two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Both positions will have 70% research and 30% either teaching or extension responsibilities, depending on the successful candidates’ interests. For appointment as an assistant professor, the selected candidates will be expected to establish an extramurally funded research program, and for[…]

Enabling research with human embryonic and fetal tissue resources

Posted by on September 24th, 2015

This Spotlight article was written by Dianne Gerrelli, Steven Lisgo, Andrew J. Copp and Susan Lindsay, and was first published in Development.   Congenital anomalies are a significant burden on human health. Understanding the developmental origins of such anomalies is key to developing potential therapies. The Human Developmental Biology Resource (HDBR), based in London and Newcastle, UK, was established to provide embryonic[…]

“Eppur (non) si muove”: why cellular movements may not be essential to the formation of Turing patterns in biology.

Posted by on September 23rd, 2015

D. Bullara* and Y. De Decker *   When Catarina Vicente (Community Manager of “The Node”) proposed us to write a post about our recent paper on pattern formation in zebrafish [Bullara2015] we were very glad for the opportunity she was giving us to tell the background story about our work in this blog. We[…]

4-year PhD position at Sars Centre in Bergen/Norway

Posted by on September 23rd, 2015

A 4-year PhD position is available in the group ‘ Evolution of nutrient and growth homeostasis in animals’ at the Sars Centre in Bergen/Norway. The successful candidate will study the molecular and cellular links between feeding, nutrient availability and reproduction using the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis as a main model organism. Further details on the[…]