A postdoctoral research position is available starting in January 2018 for a biologist to work with Asst. Prof. Timothy Saunders’ group at the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore. The Saunders lab has been active since 2013 and studies the fundamental processes shaping organs and tissues during development.
One major area of study in the lab is somitogenesis in the developing Zebrafish embryo. We are part of a major five-year grant focused on understanding non-canonical roles of receptor tyrosine kinases in cell regulation, including in vivo. The project will involve live-imaging somitogenesis on confocal and light-sheet microscopes and developing detailed four-dimensional maps of somite development. Reagents, including optogenetic and novel live-markers, will need to be created as part of the project.
Candidates should have extensive experience in at least two of: (1) Zebrafish genetics and general fish capabilities; (2) Biochemistry and construct design; and (3) Quantitative imaging methods and image analysis. The candidate must be prepared to learn the necessary skills to perform this challenging project.
The project is in collaboration with Prof. Philip Ingham, at the Living Systems Institute, Exeter, UK. Opportunities are available for lab placements in Prof. Ingham’s lab as part of the project. This offers an opportunity for a dedicated researcher to help develop a truly international collaboration.
The Saunders’ lab is a young group at the Mechanobiology Institute. This provides an exciting prospect for a motivated post-doc to be involved in developing research directions. The post-doc will also be expected to guide and help the graduate students in the laboratory. More information can be found at: http://labs.mbi.nus.edu.sg/mod/.
1) A Ph.D in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, or Developmental Biology. Demonstration of experience with biophysics techniques is desired.
2) At least one first-author paper in English submitted to an international peer-reviewed journal
3) Extensive experience in at least two of: (i) Zebrafish genetics and general fish capabilities; (ii) Biochemistry and construct design; and (iii) Quantitative imaging methods and image analysis.
Salary and benefits are commensurable to educational qualifications and working experience of the candidates. Benefits include annual leave, medical and flexi-benefits, etc.
Please submit your application along with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, full publication list, research plans and names of three external referees to:
Asst. Prof. Timothy Saunders