The origin of multicellularityA postdoctoral research associate position in theoretical biology is available to work with Professor Corina Tarnita at Princeton University (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) on projects exploring the origin of multicellularity and the organization of early/simple multicellular groups. We will take a bottom-up approach to the origin of multicellularity (as formulated in https://www.pnas.org/content/114/42/11018): we will focus on the ecology and development of the solitary ancestor and explore the possible emergent multicellular life cycles and the rudimentary self-organization of the simplest early groups, with a focus on cell differentiation and collective dynamics. The work will be primarily theoretical but there will be close collaboration with experimentalists. The postdoctoral researcher will be actively involved in determining and shaping the specific project(s) together with the PI. We are seeking an enthusiastic and talented individual to join this effort. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong quantitative training, computing skills, and a deep interest in biology. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on satisfactory performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and benefits are included. This position is available as early as September and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This position is subject to Princeton University's background-check policy. Applicants should apply on-line at %listing link% and include a curriculum vitae, a one page statement of research interests, goals, and experience, and a cover letter with names and contact information of three referees.Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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