The Biological Physics Theory Group at OIST Graduate University is seeking postdoctoral researchers with a strong background in physics, a keen interest in living systems and the ability to work independently. Research in the group is focused on a quantitative understanding of animal behavior through theoretical analysis leveraging dynamical systems, information theory and statistical physics, and we work in close conjunction with novel high-resolution measurements of organisms in both solitary and social settings. Substantial resources are available for computational projects (including deep learning) and for travel in the service of collaborations and international conferences/workshops. Salary and benefits are competitive with international standards and include a housing allowance. The appointment is for one year and can be extended for two additional years. Modern biophysics is an intimate yet rapidly growing and exciting field and the successful candidate will have many opportunities to participate in this growth, both at OIST and as part of our interactions with research groups from around the world. Interested applicants should hold a PhD in physics or closely-related discipline and provide a Curriculum Vitae along with contact information for 3 references able to supply a letter of recommendation. Inquiries can be addressed email@example.com.
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Additional Salary Information: Benefits include housing subsidy
About Biological Physics Theory Unit (OIST Graduate University)
The Biological Physics Theory Unit is pioneering a new field – the physics of behavior: from individual organisms to entire societies. While the science of the living world is mostly focused on the microscopic, such as the expression of genes or the pattern of electrical activity in our brains, all of these processes serve the greater evolutionary goals of the organism: to find food, avoid predators and reproduce. This is the behavioral scale, and despite it’s importance, our quantitative understanding of behavior is much less advanced. But how do we quantify the emergent dynamics of entire organisms? What principles characterize living movement? Research in our unit addresses these fundamental questions with a modern biophysics approach and model systems ranging from the nematode C. elegans to zebrafish and squid. We combine theoretical ideas from statistical physics, information theory and dynamical systems and work in close collaboration with scientists from OIST and around the world to seek unifying principles form novel, quantitative experiments of organisms in natural motion.
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