Date Posted
10 Feb 2024

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PhD Project
Saarland University and ENS Lyon

Funded PhD position on the microtubule cytoskeleton

10 Feb 2024

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Position Description

Fully funded PhD position on the microtubule cytoskeleton in vitro (and in plant cells).

We are looking for a talented and motivated PhD candidate to work on an exciting collaborative project on microtubule mechanics in vitro (and in plant cells) within the ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Olivier Hamant (Lyon, France). The project will take place in the lab of Laura Aradilla (née Schaedel) in Saarbrücken (Germany). While the candidate will primarily work in Saarbrücken, the project involves frequent and active exchange with Olivier Hamant’s lab too.

Forces shape plant cells and impact microtubule mechanical integrity, dynamics and organization. Although microtubules have been shown to make an essential contribution to plant cell behavior, the molecular details of their role in plant cell mechanics remain largely elusive. Our labs, which have built specific expertise in plant cell mechanics and the microtubule cytoskeleton, thus join forces to work on the role of microtubules in the mechanics of plant cell. To achieve this goal, we will mainly use in vitro reconstituted systems made of purified proteins, as well as single plant cells.

The successful candidate should have a background in biophysics and / or biochemistry. Previous experience in protein biochemistry, ideally in the field of the cytoskeleton, as well as handling of microfluidic devices or micromanipulation would be an asset.

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How to Apply

We are looking forward to receiving your written application including your CV, cover letter, relevant certificates and the contact details of two referees. Please send you application to Laura Aradilla (laura.aradillazapata[at] before March 15th, 2022.

Position Category: Medical & Biological Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Position Tags: biochemistry, biophysics, microfluidics, and cytoskeleton.