Dr Pauline Durand-Smet

Universities and Institutes of France


October 31, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: Université Paris Cité
  • Research Field: Biological sciences Physics
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1) Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • Application Deadline: 31/10/2022 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › Paris
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/12/2022
  • Is The Job Related To Staff Position Within A Research Infrastructure?: Yes
  • We seek to hire a postdoctoral or PhD candidate to work on an interdisciplinary project in the area of plant biomechanics. The research fellowship is part of a collaboration that combines mechanical modelling, soft matter physics, synthetic biology, and modern plant biology. The aim is to understand the fundamental processes and feedback mechanisms whereby a plant cell wall is assembled, acquires mechanical properties, and undergoes oriented growth.

    The project will occur at the MSC laboratory in Paris Cité University with Pauline Durand-Smet in the group physics of living systems. The successful candidate will work as a team with the members of the HFSPO project (Pr. Enrico Coen at the JIC in Norwich, UK; Pr Daniel Corgrove at the Pennsylvania State University, USA; and Pr Ana Svagan at the KTH institute in Stockholm, Sweeden). We will combine innovative imaging and micromechanical approaches to quantify constitutive properties of newly formed plant cell walls.

    Informal inquiries should be directed to Pauline Durand-Smet (pauline.durand@u-paris.fr).

    Parsi Cité University values diversity and inclusion. Women and scientists from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Key refs:

  • Zhang et al, Molecular insights into the complex mechanics of plant epidermal cell walls, Science, 2021.
  • Paulraj et al, Primary cell wall inspired micro containers as a step towards a synthetic plant cell, Nature Comm, 2020.
  • Chan et al, Intrinsic Cell Polarity Coupled to Growth Axis Formation in Tobacco BY-2 Cells, Curr Bio, 2020.
  • Durand-Smet et al, Cytoskeletal organization in isolated plant cells under geometry control, PNAS, 2020.
  • Offer Requirements
  • ENGLISH: Good

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Université Paris Cité
  • Department: Physics
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https: // u-paris.fr/
  • E-Mail: adeline.lassaux@u-paris.fr
  • Country: France
  • City: Paris
  • Postal Code: 75006
  • Street: 85 boulevard Saint-Germain
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