PhD position in mechanical modelling of plant cell growth

We are seeking a motivated candidate to join our biophysics group. The project will involve mechanical modeling (FEM) and 3D image analysis of growing plant cells. A background in Biophysics, Physics, Computer Sciences or Mathematics is required. Biology students with a strong interest in physics and programming are encouraged to apply. Experience with modeling or programming (C++, python, matlab) are a strong asset.

The PhD student will model the physical properties of growing cells [1] using mechanical simulations [2] and 3D image analysis [3]. She/He will work in close collaboration with experimentalists (physicists and biologists) from the Routier lab and Kierzkowski lab). Our group belongs to the Research Institute in Plant Biology (IRBV) at University of Montreal.  

Please send your candidature to complete with: a motivation letter and research interests (1 page max), CV, grade records and email addresses of 2 referees. The position will remain open until filled.


[1] “Cellular basis of growth in plants: geometry matters.” Kierzkowski & Routier-Kierzkowska, Current Opinion in Plant Biology 47, 56-63 (2019).


[3] “MorphoGraphX: A platform for quantifying morphogenesis in 4D” Barbier de Reuille, Routier-Kierzkowska et al., eLife 4, e05864 (2015).