Current Funded Positions
Lab Manager or Lab Manager/Lab Technician
Our team is quickly growing, and we need help with the day-to-day management! The tasks of this role will include managing multiple grant budgets, ordering supplies and equipment, liaising with suppliers and our administrative team, organizing group events and meetings, and general administrative duties. For candidates with experience in sterile laboratory techniques, cell culture, microbiology, or molecular biology, and who are interested in the science we do, we would be very interested to hire someone as a combination lab manager and technician. This can be either a part-time or full-time position, depending on the candidate's skills and desires. To apply, or for more details, email Ashley or Francesco.
Postdoc or Engineer (Ingénieur de recherche): Physics of bacterial biofilm nucleation
We are looking for a Postdoc or Engineer with experience and/or a passion for digital holographic microscopy (DHM). The project will track bacteria in 3D over large fields of view and with high spatial and time resolution, with an eventual goal of observing the swimming to surface-adhered transition that nucleates a biofilm. The ideal candidate may have a background in optics and/or in methods of numerical reconstruction. Experience in machine learning and programming GPUs would be a plus. Experience working with bacteria is not necessary, but welcome! To apply, or for more details, email Ashley.
Postdoc: Physics of bacterial biofilm nucleation
We are looking for a Postdoc with experience and/or a passion for optical tweezers and biofilm formation. The project will use a combination of optical tweezers and fluorescent microscopy to investigate the physiological changes that occur when a bacterium is brought into contact with a solid surface, or when one bacterium is brought into close proximity to another. The ideal candidate may be either i) a biophysicist or physicist with experience in building/aligning/optimizing optical systems, wherein experience working with bacteria is a plus, but not necessary, or ii) a quantitative biologist with experience in microbiology, molecular biology, and microscopy. To apply, or for more details, email Ashley.
Postdoc: Physics of bacterial in aerosol droplets
We are looking for a Postdoc to study the biophysics of bacteria in aerosol droplets. This project will study the dynamics and physiology of bacteria inside droplets on a solid surface and droplets suspended within an electrodynamic balance to determine the mechanisms employed by bacteria to withstand the harsh conditions of an evaporating aerosol droplet environment. The ideal candidate will have a background in physics, biophysics, or fluid dynamics, and will have experience in the design and construction of optical systems, programming, and image analysis. To apply, or for more details, email Ashley.
PhD: Biophysics of the Campylobacter Jejuni bacterial flagellar motor
We have an open position for a PhD (3 years) for a joint project with the University of Chicago and the Nirody lab. The project, jointly funded by the French CNRS and U Chicago, aims to characterize the biophysics of the bacterial flagellar motor of Campylobacter Jejuni, a common food-borne pathogen, and to establish C. jejuni as an emerging model organism for the study of flagellated bacterial motility. The project is pluridisciplinary, at the interface of physics and microbiology. The PhD student will use a combination of single molecule microscopy, optical tweezers, electromagnetic tweezers, and microfluidics to study the dyanamics of the polar motors of C. jejuni and the mechanism of their motility. The student will also spend time working in the Nirody lab and transferring techniques and technology between the two labs. The project will also work in close collaboration with the Beeby lab. The ideal candidates will have a strong background in physics, biophysics, or quantitative biology, and scientific programming is a plus. To apply, or for more details, email Ashley.
PhD: biophysics of bacterial physiology
We have an open position for a PhD (3 years, +1 possible) in single-cell bacterial electro-physiology, based on the experimental study of the Bacterial Flagellar Motor. The project, funded by the French ANR, follows our recent results on the study of the Proton Motive Force in E.coli, revealed by the activity of individual flagellar motors on living cells. The project is pluridisciplinary, at the boundaries of physics, microbiology, and electro-chemistry. The ideal candidates has a strong background in physics and experimental biophysics (single cell, single molecule), as well as good knowledge of molecular (micro)biology, and scientific programming. To apply, or for more details, email Francesco.
Lab Technician (Ingénieur d'études)
We are looking for a lab technician specialized in microbiology, who will be responsible for the genetic manipulation and preparation of the required E.coli strains for our experiments in single-cell electro-physiology. A good molecular microbiology background and experience are required (cell cultivation, design, construction, sequencing and transformation of plasmids, primer design), as well as a solid basis in physics. Experience in optical microscopy techniques, biophysics, and programming will be a plus. To apply, or for more details, email Francesco.
Master 2 internship: Microfluidic approach of red blood cells transport in diabetic retinopathy
Master internship: Dynamics of the Bacterial Flagellar Motor
Masters internship measuring the dynamics of the bacterial flagellar motor using optical microscopy, microfluidics, image analysis and scientific programming. To apply, or for more details, email Ashley or Francesco.
Interested in any aspect of our work? Please get in touch to discuss the possibility of jointly applying for Masters, PhD, or postdoc funding.