Jobs and Internships

Our lab has funded openings for students and postdocs of all levels – undergraduate, graduate (M.Sc. and PhD), junior or senior postdocs, with a background in biology, physics, engineering, or chemistry, who are interested to work on the physical biology of bacterial cell shape and growth.

Our lab is supervising students enrolled (or considering to be enrolled) in the Departments of Microbiology, Infection and Immunity, the Department of Physics, and the Institut de génie biomédical.

  • Internships for Undergraduate Students in Physics or Biology
    We are open to students of all levels, who bring an interest in quantitative approaches. Prior experience with bacteria, microscopy, or coding is not required but a plus. The student will conduct her/his own experiments as part of an ongoing research project in the lab (for an incomplete list see here) or develop an independent project. Please contact Sven for currently available projects.
  • Master and PhD projects for students with a background in Biology or Physics
    We are seeking students with a background in physics, engineering, chemistry, or biology that bring a keen interest in quantitative interdisciplinary approaches. Experience in computational analysis, microscopy, cloning/synthetic biology, microfluidics, or instrumentation, is a plus. For an incomplete list of potential topics see here.
  • Postdoctoral position in advanced quantitative microscopy, microfluidics, and cell-envelope biology
    We are searching for a candidate with a strong expertise in microscopy, microfluidics, and/or (bacterial) cell biology, to work on bacterial organization, including single-cell growth, volume regulation, turgor pressure, nucleoid organization, and macromolecular crowding. For example, we recently implemented and tuned a custom variant quantitative phase microscopy (see Oldewurtel et al. PNAS 2021), which can be used to measure single-cell mass and cell shape at the same time. In the future, we’d like to use this or other techniques to measure density locally and/or to combine these measurements with different imaging modalities such as single-protein tracking.

For applications, please send by email (in English) a motivation letter and CV to sven[dot]vanteeffelen[at]umontreal[dot]ca.

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