Postdoctoral Position: Quantitative Analysis of Hydra Self-Organization

A postdoctoral position is available in the group of Charisios Tsiairis to investigate and analyse the mechanism behind the self-organization of Hydra cells into complete animals. Our laboratory is located at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) and we combine genetics, live cell imaging and quantitative analysis to understand how cells communicate and change their behaviour in order to build a functional tissue. 

The successful candidate will examine how clusters of cells from the freshwater polyp Hydra exploit mechanical and chemical signals to establish an asymmetric organization axis. This effort involves genetic and mechanical manipulations of the self-organizing Hydra cells, as well as live imaging and analysis of the data. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is experienced with image analysis and quantitative data processing using corresponding software (e.g. MATLAB). Some familiarity with the Hydra/Cnidarian model system is welcome but not absolutely necessary. Excellent communication and organization skills, and the ability to work as a team member are expected. A competitive salary and access to state-of-the-art research facilities will be provided.

The FMI, affiliated with the University of Basel and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, is an international institute aimed at understanding the basic molecular mechanisms of health and disease ( It is situated in Basel, Switzerland, a city in the centre of Europe offering an outstanding scientific and cultural environment.

Applications should be submitted electronically at and include a motivation letter, CV and names and email addresses of two referees. 

For further information, please contact Charisios Tsiairis,

Dec 07, 2016
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