University of Geneva (UNIGE)

Physics-Based Numerical Simulations of Animal Development & Evolution: Position for a Computer Scientist at the University of Geneva (Switzerland)

University of Geneva - Laboratory of Artificial & Natural Evolution

Geneva, Switzerland

In the context of a multidisciplinary study funded by an ERC advanced grant, the
Milinkovitch lab
offers one position for an outstanding, highly motivated, and creative computer scientist (at the Post-doc level or, possibly, the PhD student level) to investigate the interactions between physical and biological processes that generate and constrain Life’s complexity and diversity. The successful candidate will develop mathematical modelling and high-performance physics-based numerical simulations that will require strong programming skills. The position is for 3 to 5 years and must start between September and December 2019. In this academic research position, you will join a multidisciplinary team of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists and biologists, and you will apply your creative talent to uncover the self-organisational processes that generate complexity during morphogenesis and evolution. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory. Other specific requirements are strong expertise in

  • Physics: mechanics of elastic solids and mechanics of fluids, reaction-diffusion;
  • Programming: C/C++ and GPU, including performance optimisation;
  • Algorithmics: deep-learning, evolutionary algorithms, cellular automata;
  • Computer graphics: image processing/analysis, pattern recognition, point cloud and mesh processing, surface reconstruction.

Candidates must have a Master’s degree in Computer Science. The position is available at the level of Post-Doc / Research Associate (requiring a PhD degree or at least 3 years of professional experience). Exceptional master students can be considered for a PhD student position.

The University of Geneva (UNIGE) is world-renowned for its research and is among the top 1% best universities in the world. Geneva is an international city occupying a privileged geographical situation.

Candidates must send their application — in the form of a single PDF file including a brief letter of interest, a CV, as well as contact information (not support letters) of three persons of reference — to: lane-jobs@unige.ch

Deadline for application: July 15, 2019.

References: Elastic instability during branchial ectoderm development causes folding of the Chlamydosaurus erectile frill, eLIFE (in press); Locally-curved geometry generates bending cracks in the African elephant skin, Nature Communications 9 (2018); A Living Mesoscopic Cellular Automaton Made of Skin Scales, Nature 544: 173-179 (2017); Bifurcation Analysis of Reaction Diffusion Systems on Arbitrary Surfaces, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology (2017); Photonic Crystals Cause Active Colour Change in Chameleons, Nature Communications 6: 6368 (2015); R2OBBIE-3D, a Fast Robotic High-Resolution System for Quantitative Phenotyping of Surface Geometry and Colour-Texture, PlosOne 10(6): e0126740 (2015); Crocodile Head Scales Are Not Developmental Units But Emerge from Physical Cracking, Science 339, 78-81 (2013).

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Physics-Based Numerical Simulations of Animal Development & Evolution: Position for a Computer Scientist at the University of Geneva (Switzerland)