Postdoc in biological AFM
Université catholique de Louvain
Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium  
4 dagen geleden
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ERC-funded postdoctoral positions are available in the Dufrêne’s team to study staphylococcal adhesion and biofilm formation using atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, which are often complicated by the ability of this pathogen to grow as biofilms on indwelling medical devices.

Because biofilms protect the bacteria from host defenses and are resistant to many antibiotics, biofilm-related infections are difficult to fight and represent a tremendous burden on our healthcare system.

Today, a true molecular understanding of the fundamental interactions driving staphylococcal adhesion and biofilm formation is lacking owing to the lack of high-resolution probing techniques.

This knowledge would greatly contribute to the development of novel anti-adhesion therapies for combating biofilm infections.

This multidisciplinary project aims at developing an innovative AFM-based force nanoscopy platform in biofilm research, enabling us to understand the molecular mechanisms of S.

aureus adhesion in a way that was not possible before, and to optimize the use of anti-adhesion compounds capable to inhibit biofilm formation by this pathogen.

More info :

Candidates should send their CV and the name of three references to yves.dufrene uclouvain.be

REQUIREMENTS

Required Research Experiences

RESEARCH FIELD

Biological sciences Biology

YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Physics Biophysics

YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Offer Requirements

REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL

Biological sciences : PhD or equivalent

Physics : PhD or equivalent

ENGLISH : Good

Skills / Qualifications

Prior experience in AFM is welcome but not mandatory

Ability to work in an international team, to collaborate and communicate

Highly motivated candidate

Good to very good English skills

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