Funded PhD or Post-doc position – HFSP grant

Mechanics of Cell Movements in Plant Stomata 

Starting September 2021

We are seeking a motivated candidate to join our biophysics group. The project will involve mechanical modeling (FEM), 3D image analysis and experimental biophysics of 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) or nano-indentation are a strong asset, but are not required.

The PhD student/post-doctoral researcher will investigate the biophysics of cell movements in plant stomata using mechanical simulations [1, 2], 3D image analysis [3] and micro-indentation [4]. She/He will work in close collaboration with experimentalists (physicists and biologists) from the Routier lab at the Research Institute in Plant Biology (IRBV), University of Montreal.  The project is funded by a HFSP research grant and involves close collaborations with the Raissig lab (Germany) and the Cheung lab (USA).

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).

[4] “Cellular force microscopy for in vivo measurements of plant tissue mechanics.” Routier-Kierzkowska et al., Plant physiology 158.4 (2012): 1514-1522.