In the context of a multidisciplinary study funded by an ERC advanced grant, the Milinkovitch lab offers one position for an outstanding, highly motivated, and creative experimental wet-lab biologist or biophysicist (at the Post-doc level or, possibly, PhD student level) with strong skills in Cell and Developmental Biology as well as experience in Biophysics. The position is for 3 to 5 years and must start between September and December 2019. The successful candidate will use molecular/cell/developmental biology and biophysics methods to investigate (i) how cell proliferation and tissue differentiation are coupled to mechanical tension during scale development in reptiles and birds, and (ii) how geometry of the skin affects reaction diffusion during the development of skin colour patterns in reptiles. These analyses will be performed on new model species (lizards, snakes, crocodiles, birds) already established in the Milinkovitch lab.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in

English are mandatory. Other specific requirements are strong expertise in

  • Cell and Developmental Biology: CRISPR-Cas9 technology, ex-vivo tissue cultures, confocal and light-sheet microscopy, immuno-histochemistry, in-situ hybridisation, transcriptomics, in-vivo assays;
  • Biophysics: micro-indentation, physical experiments with PDMS/hydrogels, laser ablations, etc.

Candidates must have a PhD in Biology or biochemistry or Biophysics. The position is available at the level of Post-Doc / Research Associate. Exceptional master students can be considered for a PhD student position. 

The University of Geneva (UNIGE) is world-renowned for its research and is among the top 1% best universities in the world. Geneva is an international city occupying a privileged geographical situation.

Candidates must send their application — in the form of a single PDF file including a brief letter of interest, a CV, as well as contact information (not support letters) of three persons of reference — to: 

Deadline for application: July 15, 2019.

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