Funded PhD or Post-doc position – HFSP grant

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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 al.routier@umontreal.ca 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.

Literature:

[1] “Cellular basis of growth in plants: geometry matters.” Kierzkowski & Routier-Kierzkowska, Current Opinion in Plant Biology 47, 56-63 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbi.2018.09.008

[2] https://morphographx.org/morphomechanx/

[3] “MorphoGraphX: A platform for quantifying morphogenesis in 4D” Barbier de Reuille, Routier-Kierzkowska et al., eLife 4, e05864 (2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.05864.

[4] “Cellular force microscopy for in vivo measurements of plant tissue mechanics.” Routier-Kierzkowska et al., Plant physiology 158.4 (2012): 1514-1522. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.111.191460

Opportunities to join the lab

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We always seek curious, motivated students/post-docs to join our interdisciplinary team. Candidates will preferably have a background in Physics, Biophysics, Informatics, Mathematics or Engineering. Biology students interested in computational modelling or biophysics are also welcomed to apply. Research projects in the lab involve at least one of the following techniques:

  • 3D image analysis of growing cells [1]
  • force measurements in living cells [2] and organs [3]
  • mechanical modeling of cells and tissues [4,5]
  1. “MorphoGraphX: A platform for quantifying morphogenesis in 4D.” Elife (2015)
  2. “Cellular force microscopy for in vivo measurements of plant tissue mechanics.” Plant physiology (2012)
  3. “Morphomechanical innovation drives explosive seed dispersal.” Cell (2016)
  4. “Why plants make puzzle cells, and how their shape emerges.” Elife (2018)
  5.  “Cellular basis of growth in plants: geometry matters.” Current opinion in plant biology (2019)

Please always provide the following with your application (spontaneous application or response to job offer):

  • motivation letter
  • CV
  • publication list
  • grades records
  • contact to two referees

If no core funding is available at the time, please consider applying for the following grants. We encourage students and post-docs from under-represented groups to apply.

[Filled] Funded PhD position in Plant Cell Mechanobiology

We are looking for a new PhD student to join the group starting from fall 2020. The project will involve mechanical experiments on cells and tissues, 3D image analysis and programming.

A background in Biophysics, Physics, Computer Sciences or Mathematics is required. Biology students with a strong interest in physics or programming are encouraged to apply.

Please send your candidature to al(dot)routier(at)umontreal(dot)ca complete with:

  1. motivation letter
  2. CV
  3. list of publications
  4. email addresses of 2 referees

Funded PhD and PostDoc positions are filled.

Thank you to all the applicants. If you are interested in joining the lab, please consider applying for an individual grant. You can send me a complete application by email (Motivation letter – including research interests and potential project you would like to work on, CV, Publication list, Grades, Contact information for 3 referees).

[Filled] Funded Post-Doc position (2 years) in biophysics/computational modelling

We are seeking motivated candidates to join our group and investigate the physical properties of growing cells, tissues and organs using computational modeling and 3D image analysis. A background in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or Biophysics is required. Funding is provided for 2 years, possibility to extend with additional funds. Please send your candidature to al(dot)routier(at)umontreal(dot)ca  complete with:

  • motivation letter
  • CV
  • list of publications
  • email addresses of 3 referees

[Filled] Funded PhD position in biophysics/computational modelling

We are seeking motivated candidates to join our group and investigate the physical properties of growing cells using computational modeling and 3D image analysis. A background in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or Biophysics is required. Please send your candidature to al(dot)routier(at)umontreal(dot)ca  complete with:  

  • motivation letter
  • CV
  • Grade records
  • email addresses of 2 referees