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PhD student to study the coordination of cell division in space and time - Belgium  

KU Leuven (company)


Posted on : 19 July 2017

Project Description

  • In this project the student will theoretically analyze how cell division is spatially and temporally coordinated. 
  • Using computational modeling, the student will first uncover how multiple functional motifs (such as bistable switches) can optimally work together to create different desired cell responses in time.
  •  Second, the student will develop models to show how the cell cycle is dynamically coordinated in space. 
  • Special attention will be paid to studying how the spatial regulation of cell division is influenced by changes in its surroundings, such as differences in size and shape of the cells, as well as in its internal structure.
  • The modeling efforts are expected to interact synergistic ally with experiments that are carried out by others in the lab.
  • The position is available immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

  • MSc degree in biology, physics, mathematics, or (bio-)engineering
  • Ambitious, motivated, creative and practically skillful
  • A strong background and experience in computational modeling and/or writing numerical codes
  • A background in the cell cycle, dynamical systems biology, and/or nonlinear dynamics is a plus

  • We offer a doctoral position in a stimulating, interdisciplinary environment and scientific development opportunities in an international and dynamic team. 
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and will be registered in a specific program of the doctoral school.
  •  You will be supervised by well-trained scientists and receive thorough training in conducting research, presentations and writing.