Postdoctoral Researcher position in Biophysics of Cancer Microbiome
University of Luxembourg
Alphonse Weicker, Luxembourg
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Your Role...

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 : https : / / / ias / running audacity projects / cameos

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.

We offer :

  • A dynamic and well-equipped research environment with competitive salaries
  • Intensive training in scientific and transferable skills, participation in schools, conferences and workshops
  • In Short...

  • Contract Type : Contrat à durée déterminée 12 Mois, renewable annually up to 36 months
  • Work Hours : Temps plein 40.0 Heures par Semaine
  • Foreseen Starting Date : September 2021
  • Location : Limpertsberg
  • Job Reference : UOL04099
  • How to apply...

    Before proceeding with the submission of your application, please prepare the following documents in English

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter justifying your interest in the research project
  • Publication list highlighting interdisciplinary elements
  • Contact details of two persons willing to send a letter of recommendation
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts with grades, with English translation
  • All documents should be uploaded in pdf format. Evaluations will commence immediately, till appropriate candidate is selected.

    Early submission is encouraged. Applications will be processed upon arrival. Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered, though candidates can check the status of their application via email.

    Selection process :

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in Luxembourg (if permissible under Covid-19 restrictions) or interviewed remotely by phone or other audio-visual modes.

    Positions will remain open until filled. Please apply ONLINE.

    The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

    In return you will get

  • Multilingual and international character . Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries.
  • Member of the University of the Greater Region (UniGR).

  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market.
  • A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.

  • A partner for society and industry . Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs
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  • Further information...

    For further information, please contact Prof. Anupam Sengupta (anupam.sengupta or visit the research page for further information on the project and its scope.

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