Research opportunities

Postdoctoral position: the limit of natural selection in optimizing cellular networks and functions

A postdoctoral position is available in the Landry Laboratory at Université Laval in Québec City under the Canada Research Chair in Canada Research Chair in Cellular Systems and Synthetic Biology. The PDF will work on a project aimed at understanding how the organization of signaling networks (tradeoff, crosstalk, molecular promiscuity, degeneracy) and mutational bias may limit the role of natural selection in optimizing individual parts networks. The position is for two years and potentially three. The specific project will be developed with the candidate. Funding is from the Human Frontiers Science Program.

The candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in biology or a related discipline, and a strong background in molecular/cell biology with at least basic skills in bioinformatics and statistics, and interest for evolution and cell biology.  The ideal candidate would have leadership skills, motivation, and creativity and be able to work in a team of collaborators.

The Landry lab is located at the Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS) of Université Laval and is part of the Quebec Network for Research on Protein Function, Engineering, and Applications (PROTEO). IBIS and PROTEO offer very stimulating training environment and cutting edge technologies. The Landry lab is an international team of 25 students, PDFs and research associates from different backgrounds (microbiology, biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry) addressing questions in evolutionary cell and systems biology.

The application package (1 single PDF file) should include a motivation letter demonstrating the interest of the candidate for the field and his/her ability to perform this type of research, a short project proposal (half a page)m a CV and the contact information of three people who can provide letters of reference. The file should be sent to

The starting date could be as early as January 2021. The competition will remain open until a candidate is selected. The selected candidate is expected to apply for Canadian fellowships in the Fall of 2020 (programs for Canadians and non-Canadians).

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