Postdoc in animal evolution (France) ~

3 de septiembre de 2013

Postdoc in animal evolution (France)

A two-year post-doctoral position is available in the group of Guillaume
Balavoine and Michel Vervoort at the Institut Jacques Monod (IJM) in Paris
(France). The IJM is a leading French biological research institute,
comprising about 25 interactive research groups and high-quality
technological facilities, including a cutting-edge imaging platform.The
primary research focusof the group is to reconstruct the early stages
of animal evolution, by comparing the genetic networks that regulate
the developmental patterning of key aspects of the body plan across
metazoans. The main model studied by the group is the annelid worm
Platynereis dumerilii, an emerging model species. Platynereis is a
member of the Spiralian/Lophotrochozoan branch of the bilaterian tree
and is hypothesized to be as close to a "bilaterian living fossil" as
a bilaterian can be, both in terms of genome organization and body plan.

The post-doc project aims at understanding and modelling cell movements
and cell shape changes that direct CNS and segment morphogenesis
in Platynereis, as well as determining the roles of the Planar Cell
Polarity (PCP) and Rho/ROCK/MyoII pathways in these behaviours. The
project will be centered on the use of live imaging, molecular
and modelling tools.  Candidates should have a strong background
in developmental and/or evolutionary biology. Expertise in live
imaging would also be welcome. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree
in developmental or evolutionary biology and have at least one first
author publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Potential candidates
should send their application by mail to Guillaume Balavoine
( and Michel Vervoort
( with a statement of interest,
a Curriculum Vitae and contact informations for two referees. The position
will remain open until filled; however applications received by September
30th 2013 will be given priority. The starting date is preferably before
the end of 2013.

Thank you very much in advance for your help.
Best regards,

Michel Vervoort
Professeur de l'Université Paris Diderot
Membre de l'Institut Universitaire de France
Institut Jacques Monod - CNRS
Université Paris Diderot
75005 Paris cedex 13

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