27/04/2017
European Research Council

(MS+) PhD opening in theoretical modeling and computer simulation of cell and tissue mechanobiology

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)- BarcelonaTECH
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesBiological engineering
    EngineeringBiomaterial engineering
    EngineeringCivil engineering
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    EngineeringSimulation engineering
    MathematicsApplied mathematics
    MathematicsComputational mathematics
    PhysicsBiophysics
    PhysicsComputational physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    01/06/2017 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2017
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    681434

Context

Mechanics fundamentally governs the way cells and tissues adopt their functional shapes, the way they resist stresses, and the way they move, individually or collectively. In turn, mechanical forces critically influence cell behavior. Over the last decade, the field of mechanobiology has emerged, emphasizing the tight interplay between mechanics and biological function. Interestingly, many important phenomena associated to cell and tissue structural organization and dynamics, relevant to development and disease, can be studied with mathematical models involving partial differential equations, possibly combined with stochastic and/or discrete ingredients. However, the formulation of these models is challenging for various reasons: they involve coupled phenomena including elasticity, hydrodynamics and chemistry, they are fundamentally out-of-equilibrium, they are highly nonlinear, and they often couple interfacial and bulk phenomena (e.g. at the cell envelop and the cytosol).

The goal of the project funding this fellowship (a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council) is to develop theoretical models and simulation methods to understand the mechanical organization and dynamics of epithelial cells and tissues, in particular regarding their remodeling in-plane and in 3D, and their ability to resist mechanical stresses. The specific research project can be adapted to the interests and qualifications of the applicant. This interdisciplinary research involves about 10 researchers (PhD and postdocs) within the group of Marino Arroyo, a professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and an associated researcher at the Institute for BioEngineering of Catanlunya (IBEC). We tightly collaborate with experimental groups at IBEC and elsewhere.

Offer

  • If you hold a MS: up to 4 year PhD contract.
  • If you hold a BS: fellowship for a 1 year MS (courses and thesis targeted towards PhD project) + 3 year PhD contract.
  • Excellent computational resources
  • Dynamic research group and network of collaborators in Barcelona and elsewhere
  • Funds for travel to conferences, workshops and summer schools

Profile

The successful candidate will hold a BS or MS degree in engineering, physics or applied mathematics, with previous exposure one or more of the following fields: biophysics, biomechanics, soft matter, continuum and computational mechanics, mathematical modeling with partial differential equations. Previous exposure to theoretical mechanobiology and/or programming is desirable but not required. However, willingness and motivation to expand your expertise by reaching out to other disciplines is required. The evaluation will be on the basis of the academic record and credentials, previous research experience if any, exposure to relevant disciplines, and English proficiency.

Apply

If you are interested, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by sending a CV with a list of at up to 3 references, a short (max one page) statement describing your motivation, past research experience if any and interests (this can be the text of your email), and your academic transcripts. This and specific inquiries should be addressed to Prof. Marino Arroyo (marino.arroyo@upc.edu) with “PhD applicant-2017” in the subject line.

To know more

Arrange a meeting by sending an email to marino.arroyo@upc.edu.

http://www-lacan.upc.es/arroyo/

https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/170410

 

 

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

See job description.

Specific Requirements

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Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)- BarcelonaTECH
Spain
Barcelona
08034

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EURAXESS offer ID: 212803