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Giancarlo Franzese <[log in para visualizar]>
Fri, 11 Dec 2020 19:39:30 +0100
Hola a todos.

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Buen fin de semana.

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Subject:        Postdoctoral positions in experimental soft matter and
biological physics at Brandeis University
Date:   Fri, 11 Dec 2020 08:47:29 -0500
From:   Ben Rogers <[log in para visualizar]>
To:     Ben Rogers <[log in para visualizar]>

*Experimental Soft Matter and Biological Physics*

*Openings: Two Postdoctoral Researchers, Brandeis University*

(1) Non-equilibrium, dissipative self-assembly (Self-assembly and DNA

(2) Growth and division of phospholipid vesicles (Membrane biophysics)

We seek two postdocs to join multidisciplinary, tightly integrated teams
of students, postdocs, and faculty to work on two exciting projects: (1)
studying non-equilibrium pathways to liquid-liquid phase separation; and
(2) studying the growth and division of minimal phospholipid vesicles.
Both positions will offer ample opportunities for professional
development, including participating in cutting-edge science, gaining
mentoring experience, and initiating your own research directions.

*(1) Non-equilibrium, dissipative self-assembly. *The project will
explore non-equilibrium routes to liquid-liquid phase separation of
macromolecular complexes. Whereas equilibrium phase separation leads to
demixed bulk phases, driven dissipative systems can produce a diversity
of steady states, including liquid domains of finite size. In this
project, we will create new /in vitro/ experimental systems to design
and characterize the steady states that emerge in an active system, in
which the continued consumption of energy suppresses bulk phase
separation. There will be numerous opportunities to collaborate with
other investigators within the Brandeis MRSEC, including Guillaume
Duclos (Physics), Mike Hagan (Physics), and Avi Rodal (Biology).

/Qualifications:/ Experience in experimental soft-matter physics or DNA
nanotechnology. Tasks: Design and characterize DNA-based molecular
complexes, as well as their phase behavior and higher-order assemblies.
The phase behavior will be characterized using optical microscopy,
confocal fluorescence microscopy, and light scattering. The goal is to
discover new non-equilibrium mechanisms by which components
self-organize into large, but finite-size, assemblies.

*(2) Growth and division of vesicles.* Supported by a Human Frontiers
Science Program Grant, we aim to build a stably propagating cell from
simple components. The cell will have a lipid membrane encapsulating DNA
and transcription-translation machinery, and be able to grow and divide
by internally synthesizing its own membrane material. The project is
significant because a stably propagating cell is a vital element of
natural selection. Extant life on Earth is a consequence of natural
selection acting upon earlier forms of life, shaping the lineages over
time. Thus at some point early in life’s origins, a sustainably
propagating cell must have emerged, allowing selective advantages to
accumulate over generations. Research will be done in close
collaboration with two international groups led by Yutetsu Kuruma
(JAMSTEC, Japan) and Anna Wang (UNSW, Australia). Once travel resumes,
there will be opportunities for travel to Australia and Japan.

/Qualifications: /Experience in experimental soft-matter physics,
especially phospholipid membranes. Tasks: Create giant unilamellar
vesicles using established protocols, characterize membrane mechanics
and shape changes using optical microscopy and confocal fluorescence
microscopy, and quantify membrane fission using microscopy and
fluorimetry. The goal is to identify physical mechanisms by which
membranes fold and fuse without division proteins.

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Brandeis
University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer M/W/D/V.

*Start Date:* Flexible. *Location: *Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

Submit applications to [log in para visualizar]
<mailto:[log in para visualizar]> and specify the position you are applying for.

For more information, please see our group
webpage: <>

W. Benjamin Rogers
Assistant Professor
Martin A. Fisher School of Physics
Brandeis University
Tel: (781) 736-2857 <>

Dr. Giancarlo Franzese, University Professor; Professor of Physics;
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, ICREA Academia Awardee.

P. I. of the Group of Statistical Physics of Complex Matter,
Seccio' de Fisica Estadistica i Interdisciplinaria--Departament de
Fisica de la Materia Condensada (Office 428), Facultat de Fisica,
     &      Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IN2UB),
Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
PHONE: +34 934039212 / FAX: +34 934021149 / Secretary: +34 934021150

E-MAIL: [log in para visualizar]
ResearcherID: A-9655-2009       Orcid ID: 0000-0003-3006-2766
Scopus Author ID: 7003330838    Loop profile: 109112
BOOK: Aspects of Physical Biology
ISSUE: Nonequilibrium Phenomena in Confined Systems
WEB: (with PDF of publications)

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