From the largest animals to the smallest single-cell organisms, motility is a fundamental characteristic of life. Cell swimming, in particular, underpins a wide range of fundamental biological phenomena, including microbial grazing that fuels the base of the food webs, inter-microbial communication, animal reproduction, and parasitic infection—including severe diseases like malaria trypanosomiasis. Motile microorganisms are among the most important life-forms on earth, not only because of their abundance, but also because of their vital functions, e.g., in symbiosis with mammals or in ecosystems.
Unravelling the basic principles of their propulsion mechanisms is essential for the development of novel strategies in the treatment of diseases, to understand microbial transport like the migration of marine phytoplankton in aquatic environments, and ultimately to open avenues for control of biological systems and the design of artificial nanomachines.
PHYMOT’s broad scientific objective is to understand the physics of cell motility, from single cells to collective behavior. Research on cell motility is flourishing, driven by new experimental, theoretical, and numerical tools from mathematics, engineering, and physics. Within PHYMOT, young researchers will be trained at the interface between physics, biology, and engineering to face core challenges of a modern society such as food production, disease treatment strategies, sustainable and ecological development.
Coordination and Project Management: Forschungszentrum Jülich
Researcher profile: First stage researcher (R1) with no doctoral degree
Type of contract: temporary, full time, 35-40 hours per week
Profile: We are looking for ESRs with a master degree in Biophysics, Theoretical Physics, Microbiology, Environmental biology, Engineering … . The candidates should have a broad interest in experimental and/or theoretical and computational approaches. Detailed requirements for each position can be found in the job descriptions following the links below.
Deadline for application: 20 January 2021.
Due to BREXIT, applications for the positions at UK (ESR10, ESR12) should arrive no later than January 14 at the University of Cambridge.