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Postdoc position in Cell and Developmental Biology: Mechanisms of collective cell migration

Posted by , on 9 February 2021

Closing Date: 10 April 2021

A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Smutny at the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology at Warwick Medical School, UK. The lab is focused on exploring biochemical and biophysical processes driving cell and tissue morphogenesis during early embryonic development. For a brief overview of the research in the lab, please visit

The successful candidate will work in a new state-of-the-art Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building (IBRB), which is part of a thriving research community at Gibbet Hill Campus including the School of Life Science, Warwick Medical School and the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology.

The focus of the project will be on identifying biophysical and biochemical determinants controlling collective cell migration of embryonic progenitor cells in the zebrafish embryo. The project will investigate molecular and physical mechanisms underlying polarisation and directed cell migration combining a range of in vivo and in vitro approaches. The suitable candidate will use state-of-the-art microscopy, computational image analysis tools, latest techniques in cell/developmental biology (gene/protein perturbations, optogenetics), biophysical methods and have the possibility to establish interdisciplinary collaborations. Full training in new techniques and career development opportunities will be provided.

Highly motivated candidates with a strong background in advanced microscopy, image processing, biophysical approaches and high interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative research are encouraged to apply. Practical experience in working with a model organism (zebrafish, drosophila or similar) is desired, but not essential. Candidates should be able to work independently, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and participate in supervision of students.

For more details about the project and how to apply, please visit Warwick jobs (post 103651-0221), or get in touch for enquires and expression of interest directly to The application closing date is 8th March 2021.

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