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If you've always wanted to reach out and grab a cell, twist a protein or study the physics of dance then our lab is for you! We are always looking for students and postdocs with an interest in physical measurements of living systems. Previous biology or biophysics experience is helpful but not required.


Postdocs

The Shaevitz Lab currently has two postdoc openings:

  1. Cell tracking and statistical mechanics of group behaviors in Myxococcus xanthus. We have developed a suite of hardware and software tools that allow us to track the motion of thousands of pattern-forming M. xanthus cells over hours of behavior. These will be used to study the collective motion of cells during fruiting-body formation and multicellular predation. Candidates with a strong track record of accomplishment in biophysics or computer-vision are encouraged to apply. The post-doctoral researcher would be expected to lead their own independent research project, as well as contribute to collaborative research efforts in the lab. 

  2. Quantitative studies of olfactory behaviors in fruit flies. This project combines our behavioral-space measurements with controlled olfactory inputs to understand learning and memory in olfactory behaviors. Candidates with a strong track record of accomplishment in neuroscience, biophysics, or computer-vision are encouraged to apply. The post-doctoral researcher would be expected to lead their own independent research project, as well as contribute to collaborative research efforts in the lab. 
Applications should include a curriculum vita (CV) that includes a list of publications and a brief statement (2 pages) of research interests and goals. Please also provide contact information for three references that can provide letters of recommendation. Materials should be sent directly to Josh via email (shaevitz at princeton.edu).


Graduate Students

Current students should contact Josh via email (shaevitz at princeton.edu) to discuss rotations/research projects. Prospective graduate students should apply through either the Physics Department or the QCB Program. Shaevitz group members are eligible for training grant support from multiple sources.


Undergraduate Students (JPs and Senior Theses)

Undergraduate students from a variety of departments (Physics, MolBio, MAE, EE etc.) are welcome in the lab. Interested students should contact Josh via email (shaevitz at princeton.edu). It is important that JP and thesis students have enough time in the lab to make serious contributions and are encouraged to start as early as possible. Freshman are particularly welcome in the lab.

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