Postdoctoral Research Associate
The successful candidate will undertake joint experimental/theoretical research into how bacterial cells establish, maintain, and change their shapes. This is a fundamental open question in the biology of bacteria. While the chemical composition of the cell wall that gives these cells their shape is well characterized, the way in which the cell wall is organized and rearranged to achieve the wide variety of observed shapes and permit continuous growth remains unclear. To begin to address these questions, we have developed a computational, biophysical model for cell-wall organization. We envision extending these studies by combining experimental microscopy and molecular genetics approaches with computational data analysis and additional theoretical modeling of cell-wall structure. Important new areas of focus include the cell-wall dynamics during cell growth and division. The research will provide opportunities for learning both experimental and computational/modeling approaches as it will be conducted as a close collaboration between the Gitai and Wingreen labs, exploiting the Gitai lab's experimental expertise with advanced live-cell imaging and molecular genetics and the Wingreen lab's expertise in data analysis and modeling. The position is available immediately. All interested candidates should submit a CV, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation.
A Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Biophysics or a closely related field is required, as is experience in computer programming.
A strong interest in biology and the desire to pursuing a career in research at the interface of physics and biology is preferred.
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