¿Te interesa el intercambio de fluidos? Echa un vistazo a esta oferta de postdoc para estudiar insectos sociales ~ Bioblogia.net

13 de enero de 2021

¿Te interesa el intercambio de fluidos? Echa un vistazo a esta oferta de postdoc para estudiar insectos sociales

Oferta compartida por Nuria

We are looking for a postdoc to join the Social Fluids Lab (http://leboeuflab.com/) studying collective control of physiology from either a molecular or computational/physics perspective.

The Social Fluids Lab:
Our lab takes an integrative approach to studying how behavior evolves. We study socially exchanged fluids and how they can be used for consensus building and be co-opted by evolution to influence physiology and behavior. We use social insects as a model system because many engage in a mouth-to- mouth fluid exchange called trophallaxis, wherein they transmit endogenously produced molecules that can influence receivers. In many species that engage in this behavior, every individual in the colony is connected through this network of fluid exchange. The exchanged fluid is rich with proteins, hormones, RNA and small molecules (LeBoeuf et al. 2016 eLife). Some of these components, when fed to larvae by trophallaxis, can influence developmental fate and timing! This provides a means for how some social insect communities can collectively decide on the colony’s developmental progression – by sending cues and signals over the social circulatory system.

Our lab uses machine learning approaches in both evolutionary proteomics and long-term automated tracking of behavior and fluorescence in ant colonies to answer our questions about the evolution of behavior. We are a relatively young research group building this field of socially exchanged materials.

Lab values
Creativity, interdisciplinarity, collaboration, open source, open access, inclusiveness, team mentality.

We are looking for a primarily molecular and/or primarily computational postdoc to join our group. The ideal candidate is collaborative, committed and passionate about their research; they should fit (broadly) one of the two phenotypes detailed below.
  • Phenotype 1 (molecular): How does the social circulatory system circumvent the longevity-fecundity trade-off? You are comfortable with molecular and biochemical approaches (e.g. in situ hybridization, protein purification, developing assays, microscopy). You are interested in behavior, superorganismal physiology and how socially transmitted components can influence receivers.
  • Phenotype 2 (computational): Quantitative behavioral tracking of different kinds of individuals different individuals (adults and larvae) in the same network and fluorescent tracking of flow over the social network. You are comfortable coding in python and have experience with image and/or network analysis. You might not be a biologist by training but rather an engineer, computer scientist or physicist. You are interested in collective behavior and distributed problem-solving.
Your specific project will depend on your interests but will certainly focus on socially exchanged fluids and collective developmental control in social insects. If you think you have yet another phenotype that would fit well with the Social Fluids labor for another type of position, write to Adria.

Start dates are flexible, aiming at first half of 2021. Position is currently funded for 2 years but could be extended depending on circumstances, for example, a candidate coming with or applying for
their own funding.

Applications (in English) should include a statement on your background and motivation to join our research group*, CV (including an annotated list of publications (preprints included) wherein you describe your contribution to the works), and the names and contact details of two references.

Applications should be sent as a single pdf to adrialeboeuf@gmail.com

DEADLINE: February 1st, 2021. Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled.

*This part is absolutely key to your application: What sparked your interest in our group? What scientific questions are you motivated by that align with ours? What research skills would you bring?

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