Postdoctoral Position: Quantitative Analysis of Hydra Self-Organization

FMI - Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Basel, Switzerland

A postdoctoral position is available in the group of Charisios Tsiairis to investigate and analyse the mechanism behind the self-organization of Hydra cells into complete animals. Our laboratory is located at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) and we combine genetics, live cell imaging and quantitative analysis to understand how cells communicate and change their behaviour in order to build a functional tissue.

The successful candidate will examine how clusters of cells from the freshwater polyp Hydra exploit mechanical and chemical signals to establish an asymmetric organization axis. This effort involves genetic and mechanical manipulations of the self-organizing Hydra cells, as well as live imaging and analysis of the data. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is experienced with image analysis and quantitative data processing using corresponding software (e.g. MATLAB). Some familiarity with the Hydra/Cnidarian model system is welcome but not absolutely necessary. Excellent communication and organization skills, and the ability to work as a team member are expected. A competitive salary and access to state-of-the-art research facilities will be provided.

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