We invite students to apply for a PhD position in computational morphogenesis at the Gene Expression and Morphogenesis Unit (http://cellcollectives.com/) at the Andalusian Centre for Developmental Biology (http://www.cabd.es), in the charming city of Seville, southern Spain. The candidate will be co-supervised by Dr. Luciano Marcon and Dr. Juan R. Martinez-Moraes and will work in the field of developmental biology and organoid biology.
We are looking for a talented and motivated student with a computational background (computer science, physics, engineering or math) to investigate the morphogenetic movements that shape multicellular organism. The successful candidate will develop software to simulate the gene regulatory networks and cellular movements that underlie morphogenesis of the early embryo. He/she will use the software to fit experimental data and identify the cellular mechanisms that underlie gastrulation and axial elongation in fish and in embrioids derived from mouse embryonic stem cells.
Good programming skills with standard languages (e.g. Java, C++, Python) and fluency in English are required. Experience in finite element simulation (or similar techniques) of gene regulatory networks and tissue mechanical forces is desirable. Knowledge on parallel programming with GPUs (i.e. CUDA and OpenCL) will also be valued positively.