[visionlist] Postdoc positions in physical biology: flocks, swarms and all that - Rome

Leonardo Parisi leonardo.parisi at gmail.com
Tue Nov 6 12:15:12 -05 2018

Dear colleagues,

we are looking for postdoctoral fellows interested in performing
experimental research at the interface between physics and biology. The aim
of our group is to study the collective phenomena of life through a close
interplay between experimental data on biological groups in their natural
environment and statistical physics methods, as correlation functions,
scaling and the renormalization group. We plan to work in systems as
diverse as bird flocks, insect swarms, and cell colonies. The new
experimental team will have the task to develop the new data-acquisition
systems (both in 3D - flocks, swarms - and 2D - stem cells), to calibrate
and test the new apparatus, and to conduct the data-acquisition campaigns.
A strong emphasis will be put on the comparison between theory and

The postdocs will join the COBBS Group in Rome (Collective Behaviour in
Biological Systems), at the Institute for Complex Systems of the CNR, and
work under the supervision of Andrea Cavagna and Irene Giardina. The
duration of the positions is two years, potentially extendable. The
positions will be funded by the ERC Advanced Grant RG.BIO to Andrea
Cavagna. More information about our group and this project can be found at

Applications should be sent by email to andrea.cavagna at roma1.infn.it; they
should contain a cv and the contacts of senior scientists who can provide
recommendation letters (only upon our request). Although there is no sharp
deadline for these positions, earlier applications will naturally be given
higher priority. We therefore encourage interested candidates to contact us

Thank you for your help.

Andrea Cavagna
Irene Giardina
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