Thursday, 29 November 2012

PhD Position in Theoretical Biophysics

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with a strong background in theoretical physics and/or mathematics, an affinity for biophysics and an interest in working in close collaboration with experimentalists. The project involves developing and applying excitable media models to study signalling processes in developing early embryonic systems under changing mechanical conditions. We are a dynamic, multidisciplinary and growing research group that uses both analytical and numerical techniques to implement these and similar models and compare them to experimental data.


The candidate should have a Master degree in theoretical physics, engineering, mathematics or a related field, with an interest in biophysics. The position will be for a fixed term of four years and is expected to result in a PhD. Good communication skills in English are required.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Delft University of Technology strives to increase the number of women in higher academic positions; women are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Timon Idema, phone: +31 (0)15-2782867, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, including a list of grades and any scientific publications, as well as the names and contact details of one or two references and a letter of application by 15 December 2012 to Dr. Idema,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWBN12-049.
Contract type: Temporary, 4 years


Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Applied Sciences
A new Department of Bionanoscience has been established at TU Delft, dedicated to research at the interface between nanoscience, synthetic biology, and cell biology. It studies single cells in all their complexity down to the molecular level, from both fundamental scientific and application points of view. The new department operates as part of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in the Faculty of Applied Sciences and aims at a leading international position.

Additional information

Timon Idema
+31 (0)15-2782867

Technische Universiteit Delft

Phd position - Live Cell Imaging (Finland)

A position is now available for a highly motivated cell and/or molecular biologist at either recently-graduated postdoctoral or graduate student level to join an international team investigating cellular signalling mechanisms in disease and degeneration. Our lab is particularly interested in upstream mechanisms regulating stress-activated MAP kinases in degenerative processes. The task of the successful applicant is to optimise and apply light-regulatable scaffolds we have developed to manipulate intracellular signalling.

Live-cell imaging and automation platforms including HCA, TIRF and laser scanning confocal microscopes ( will be used in the project, which will be carried out at the A.I. Virtanen Institute, Biocentre Kuopio, set in the Finnish lake district. Applicants with experience in at least some of the following areas will be considered until the position is filled: cell signalling, plasmid manipulation, neuronal cell and tissue culture systems, live-cell imaging, laboratory automation platforms. Further details about the lab can be found via and about associated facilities at

The position is available immediately until 31 December 2013. Post-doctoral and early stage researcher salaries are placed on levels 5 and 2 of the job requirement level chart for teachers and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. 

For further information, please contact Professor Michael Courtney (
Please send applications with CV, names of 3 referees and brief description of research interests to the Registry Office of the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, P.O.B. 1627, 70211 Kuopio (street address: Yliopistonranta 1 E, Snellmania) or Joensuu Campus, P.O.B. 111, 80101 Joensuu (street address: Yliopistokatu 2, Aurora). 

Applications should also be sent by email:


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