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Postdoc position in cellular pattern formation in plants at the MPIPZ (computational+experimental work)

Posted by , on 20 October 2020

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The Department of Plant Developmental Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (Cologne, Germany) invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in cellular pattern formation in plants.  This position will be held in the interdisciplinary group led by Dr Pau Formosa-Jordan.

The research project will consist of studying how cells become different from one another, forming spatial patterns of different cell types in plant tissues such as the leaf epidermis and the shoot meristem. This will involve time-lapse microscopy, quantitative image analysis and mathematical modelling. This position is initially for 3 years and can start from January 2021, although the start date is flexible.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate that is willing to combine computational and experimental work in plants. The ideal candidate would have a PhD in Quantitative Biology, Systems Biology, Biophysics or a related field. Applicants coming from Physics, Maths, Computer Science, Engineering background or related fields are also very welcome to apply. The applicant should have expertise in, at least, one of the following topics: quantitative image analysis, quantitative time-lapse microscopy and/or mathematical modelling. Some experience in programming is expected.


Application Deadline: November 18th 2020.

See the full advert and application instructions in the following link .

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Relevant references:

  1. Meyer HM, Teles J, Formosa-Jordan P et al. (2017) Fluctuations of the transcription factor ATML1 generate the pattern of giant cells in the Arabidopsis sepal. Elife. 6, 1–41.
  2. Formosa-Jordan P, Teles J and Jönsson H (2018) Single-cell approaches for understanding morphogenesis using Computational Morphodynamics, in Mathematical Modelling in Plant Biology, Morris R (eds) (Springer, Cham).
  3. Torii KU (2012) Two-dimensional spatial patterning in developmental systems. Trends Cell Biol 22(8): 438–446.

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