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Postdoctoral opportunity in image analysis and biophysical modeling of developing systems

Posted by , on 8 January 2019

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

Postdoctoral position in the Saunders laboratory, Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore

A postdoctoral research position in quantitative biology is available from March 2019 in Asst. Prof. Timothy Saunders’ group at the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore. The Saunders lab has been active since 2013 and studies the fundamental processes shaping organs and tissues during development.

The Saunders lab extensively uses live imaging of developing Drosophila and zebrafish embryos to understand how complex tissue shape emerges. The position will involve developing image analysis tools to quantitatively analyse such datasets. We are particularly interested in utilising machine learning to improve data analysis. Further, there is the opportunity to develop theoretical tools for understanding tissue mechanics and signalling.

This position is partially funded by an HFSP Young Investigator Award and there are opportunities to work with collaborators in Austria, Spain and Portugal. In particular, the researcher will analyse ex vivo data from Drosophila embryonic extracts and develop biophysical models of this system.

The Saunders lab works at the interface between developmental biology and biophysics. As such, this position offers researchers with expertise in either image analysis or biophysics to work directly with developmental biologists. This offers an exciting opportunity for a dedicated researcher to be part of a genuinely interdisciplinary lab tackling fundamental problems in developmental biology.

Candidates should have strong experience in at least one of the following, and display a willingness to learn the other: (1) experience with image analysis and handling large datasets; (2) biophysical modelling of developing systems. Knowledge of microscopy methods is desired.

The Saunders’ lab is a young group at the Mechanobiology Institute. This provides an exciting prospect for a motivated post-doc to be involved in developing research directions. The post-doc will also be expected to guide and help the graduate students in the laboratory.  More information can be found at:




1) A Ph.D in Biophysics, Computational Biology, or related subject. Applicants with a background in biology but who can show proficiency in computational analysis are also encouraged to apply.

2) At least one first-author paper in English submitted to an international peer-reviewed journal

3) Experience in at least one of: (i) Image analysis and handling large datasets; and (ii) Biophysical modelling

Salary and benefits are commensurable to educational qualifications and working experience of the candidates. Benefits include annual leave, medical and flexi-benefits, etc.

If interested, please contact Asst. Prof. Saunders with curriculum vitae and a letter of research interest.

Asst. Prof. Timothy Saunders

Principal Investigator, Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore


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