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The Mechanobiology and Soft Matter group (Prof Sylvain GABRIELE) at the University of Mons (UMONS, Belgium) is seeking for a highly motivated PhD student to work on a cross-disciplinary research project in cell mechanobiology and mechanotransduction processes.

  • European Citizenship, fluent in english (french is not mandatory but appreciated)
  • must hold a Master degree in biophysics/physics/mechanics/physical chemistry or cell biology at the call deadline (7th of March 2022)

The aim of this multidisciplinary project is to understand how the micron-scale curvature of the matrix can modulate the migration dynamics of epithelial cells at single and collective levels. This project is based on based on recent works that used curvature patterns to interrogate mechanotransduction pathways in living epithelial cells. A particular attention will be paid to the cytoskeleton, epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), nuclear deformations and chromatin condensation, using advanced imaging systems and microforce assays.

This project is in collaboration with top ranked universities (IST in Austria and Kyoto in Japan). The candidate will be hosted in a dynamic research group and will attend international conferences. The salary is around 2000 euros/month and the grant is already secured for 4 years. The candidate can start as soon as possible.

Expression of interest must be submitted to Sylvain Gabriele (sylvain.gabriele@umons.ac.be) by 31th of February 2022 at the latest.

The email must include in pdf:

–  a full CV in English
–  a pdf copy of the master thesis
–  a scanned copy of the Master degree certificate
–  the name and email of the former Master supervisor. Additional academic references are welcome

Key publications

M. Luciano et al. Nature Physics 2021 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-021-01374-1)
M. Versaevel et al. Scientific Reports 2021 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-84998-w) D. Mohammed et al. Front. in Bioeng. Biotechnol. 2019 (https://doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2019.00162) D. Mohammed et al. Nature Physics 15, 858-866 2019 (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-019-0543-3)

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