Postdoctoral position in Digital Atlases of Development

The Myers lab is looking for postdocs with computational and biological expertise

Postdoctoral position in Digital Atlases of Development

The Myers lab is looking for postdocs with computational and biological expertise to work on building and analyzing quantitative models of development from microscopy data.

By way of background: For the last ten years the Myers lab has been designing and building light microscopes and designing and creating computer vision software to interpret the resulting imagery. The group is primarily computational consisting of a lively mix of computer scientists, physicists, and engineers. In the area of microscopy our strength is in light-sheet microscopy and computational methods for inverting the complex refractive distortions induced during deep tissue imaging. In the area of computer vision, we have developed flexible and effective methods for segmenting and tracking cells and nuclei, that importantly allow very ergonomic curation of automated results and that allow our systems to automatically improve their performance as this editing takes place. The impetus for these advances is the goal of being able to build accurate and quantitative models of cell lineages over long developmental time arcs, for example, the complete development of a worm from fertilization to its adult form, and the embryogenesis of a fly from fertilization to hatching as a larva 24 hours later. We now believe that our microscopes and software place us within striking distance of these goals.

We therefore seek adventurous postdocs with experience in both the computational and biological sciences to develop the first such models and to data-mine them for insight into the biophysical and genetic control of development. The ideal candidate would have (a) experience in computer vision and image analysis methods, (b) experience with the handling of biological specimens and the use of advanced light microscopes, and (c) a good understanding of cell biology and development. An acceptable candidate must meet requirement (a), be willing to learn (b), and have at least a moderate understanding of (c).A candidate must be interested in and preferably fascinated by developmental biology.

We are located at the Center for Systems Biology Dresden which is a part of the campus of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genomics in Dresden, Germany. Dresden is a relatively small town on the scenic Elbe River with a beautiful old city center and an edgy, creative “new” city. You can see more about our group here or here, the CSBD here, and the Institute here.

Positions are available now. The prospective candidate should send a CV and the names and e-mail contacts of at least 3 references to myersmpi-cbg.de