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Postdoctoral Researcher

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Work type: Limited Term Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. Swarthmore College was recently ranked number 3 in the 2021 US News Best National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings - https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/swarthmore-college-3370.

We invite applications for an experimental & theoretical research postdoctoral position in biophysics to work in the group of Associate Prof. Eva-Maria Collins in the Biology Department at Swarthmore College. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with a PhD in physics, quantitative biology, bio-engineering or neuroscience. The Collins lab is an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students, postdocs, and research staff that thrives on teamwork and welcomes diverse candidates to join us. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and a keen interest in developing leadership skills and mentoring undergraduate students. The position provides plenty of opportunities to interact with faculty, postdocs, and undergraduate students in other departments at Swarthmore College, with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania (only a 20min drive away), and national and international collaborators.

Essential Responsibilities:
This NSF-funded position is for a research project aimed at investigating how short-range forces generate long-range order in extreme tissue deformations using Hydra as an experimental system. Hydra is uniquely suitable for in vivo biomechanics studies due to its simple anatomy, optical transparency, and amenability to chemical, physical, and genetic perturbations. The focus of this project is Hydra mouth opening, which we have shown to be an excellent model for studying extreme tissue deformations, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaSJdcXlp-o.

Required Qualifications:
For this combined experimental and theoretical project, strong mathematical and computational skills are required. Ideally, the candidate also has experience with advanced microscopy (confocal, SPIM), and basic cell and molecular biology techniques. Interest in instrumentation is preferred but not required.

To apply, candidates should submit their application materials, including a Cover letter, CV, most relevant publications, and email addresses of three references through the Swarthmore College Job Portal. Applications will be considered immediately and on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Eva-Maria directly with any questions. This is a limited term position and is on an annual renewal basis, with a maximum duration of 3 years.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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