Doctoral position in Göttingen: Dynamics of the cytoskeleton in early Drosophila embryo

 Universitätsmedizin Göttingen  Göttingen
Cell shapes and behaviour depend on the dynamics of the cytoskeleton. This dependency becomes obvious during development and tissue formation, when changes in cytoskeletal organisation and dynamics trigger cell shape changes, for example. We study cytoskeletal dynamics and its control in early Drosophila embryo, which represents a simple 2-D tissue model. We employ multimodal live imaging and biophysical approaches in addition to classical genetic and embryological methods to assess forces and functional interactions between cells. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the approach, the project is a collaboration between biologists and biophysicists. The project is part of the SFB937 ( Further information can be obtained from Prof. J. Großhans (0551-398242).
The successful candidate will have a degree in Biology or related subjects. Solid skills in molecular genetics and biochemistry are mandatory. Experience in Drosophila genetics would be advantageous but is not a prerequisite. The student will be enrolled in the Göttingen graduate school (GGNB, and will participate in the educational programme of the SFB937. The position is available starting January 2016 or later.
Candidates with a strong interest in fundamental questions in developmental cell biology are invited to submit an application in English or German (CV, copies of certificates, brief statement of interest) latest by December 1st, 2015 preferably by e-mail to:
How to apply:
Closing date:  December 1st, 2015
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Send application to
Prof. J. Großhans,
Institut für Entwicklungsbiochemie,
Universitätsmedizin Göttingen,
Justus-von-Liebig Weg 11,
37077 Göttingen,
Tel:  0551-398242
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