The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character .
It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching , is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education.
The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of Mathematics , Physics , Engineering , Computer Science , Life Sciences and Medicine .
Through its dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in.
Within Luxembourg, innovative research in the area of biophysics is carried out at the University of Luxembourg’s Physics and Materials Science Research Unit (PHYMS-RU) and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB).
Close synergies with the Life Sciences Research Unit (LS-RU), Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxembourg National Health Laboratory (LNS), and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) make Luxembourg a thriving hub for cutting edge cross-disciplinary research in the physics of living systems.
The Postdoctoral project interfaces two rich complex biophysical systems : physics of microbial active matter and cancer biophysics, with an overarching goal to understand how feedback between the two complex systems regulates cancer progression and metastasis.
The project will be funded by the prestigious Audacity Grant, awarded recently by the Institute of Advanced Studies, U. Luxembourg.
The selected scientist will conduct her / his research in the Physics of Living Matter Group headed by Prof. Anupam Sengupta (DPHYMS), with close collaboration with Dr.
Elisabeth Letellier, co-head of the Molecular Disease Mechanisms (MDM) Group at the Department of Life Sciences and Medicine.
Beyond research, the candidate will enjoy ample training opportunities in technical and transferable skills, support for career development, and opportunities to teach a highly diverse international student community of the University.
An overview of the scope of the project can be found here :
During the research period, the postdoctoral scientist will carry out experiments and simulations, and extend the current theory of active matter physics, specifically in the context of microbiome and cancer cells / environment.
A central focus will be put on the role of anisotropic visco-elasticity and emergent properties that arise due to the geometric and topological constraints.
What we expect from you
We are seeking outstanding and highly motivated candidates holding a PhD in a field related to the topic of the program or equivalent in Natural Sciences or Engineering Sciences.
The position is highly interdisciplinary in nature : individuals applying for the position should have demonstrated ability and desire to multi-task across different disciplines, techniques and responsibilities.
Experimental and theoretical background in soft and / or active matter physics, experimental biophysics and fluid mechanics is essential.
Experience / knowledge with organoids, on-chip organs, quantitative imaging, analysis and pattern recognition techniques will be given preference.
Fluency in English is mandatory. Willingness to work in an inter-cultural and international environment, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team, are desired.
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