University of Pennsylvania (PENN)

Postdoc in Cell and Developmental Biology

University of Pennsylvania (PENN)

Philadelphia, PA, United States

A postdoc position is available in the lab of Dr Nicolas Plachta ( in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania.

We use advanced imaging technologies to study how mammalian cells choose their fate, shape and position in real time and in vivo. We combine imaging of live mouse embryos with molecular, mechanical and biophysical methods to study mammalian cells in their intact environment. We cover a range of topics, from how nuclear dynamics control cell fate, to how the cytoskeleton and mechanical forces drive morphogenesis of the early embryo.

The position requires a PhD in cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, or imaging. Applications from candidates with strong backgrounds in other areas are also welcome.

The work will be carried out at the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. UPenn offers an excellent environment for cross-disciplinary programs, combining cell and developmental biology with engineering, chemistry and physics, in one of the world’s leading medical schools.

Interested applicants should email their CV to

See recent work in:

Lim et al  (2020)  Nature

Zenker et al  (2018)  Cell

Zenker et al  (2017)  Science

White et al  (2016)  Cell

Samarage et al  (2015)  Dev Cell

Fierro et al  (2013)  Nat Cell Biol

Kaur et al  (2013)  Nat Comms

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Postdoc in Cell and Developmental Biology