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Postdoctoral position in hair-cell biophysics

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Laboratoire Physico-Chimie Curie, Institut Curie, Paris (France)

GENERAL RESEARCH: Our group studies mechano-sensitivity by the cellular microphones of the inner ear ‒the hair cells. Each hair cell is endowed with a beautiful tuft of elongated microvilli ‒the hair bundle‒ that works both as receptor antenna and mechanical amplifier for sound detection by the cell. To shed light on this active sensory process, we are developing mechanical, electrophysiological and theoretical approaches to probe the biophysical properties of single cells.

POSITION: We are looking for a young scientist interested in working at the interface between physics and biology. Both experimental physicists and biologists dedicated to quantitative approaches are welcome. Past experience in cell or biomolecule mechanics, or electrophysiology would be advantageous but is not mandatory. We propose to work on the biophysical mechanisms that tune each hair cell to a characteristic frequency of sound-evoked vibration.

DURATION: 24 months (position available immediately).

ENVIRONMENT: the Institut Curie offers a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and creative environment. The department Physico-Chimie Curie is internationally recognized as a premiere center for physical approaches of biological problems. It is conveniently located at the heart of the Latin Quarter, in central Paris. Web: https://science.institut-curie.org/umr168

If interested, please send a short letter describing your motivations and past achievements, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference.

CONTACT: Pascal.Martin@curie.fr