Research Associate in Sensory Biophysics

University of Bristol - School of Biological Sciences

A postdoctoral research position is available in the group of Professor Daniel Robert at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK. The post is funded for three years and is part of a multidisciplinary team supported by an ERC Advanced Investigator Award. The project is entitled “mechanisms of electroreception in bees and other terrestrial animals”, and seeks to elucidate the biophysical sensory mechanisms subtending electroreception in air. The planned work will characterise mesoscale electric fields as they arise between plants and insects.

For this post, you will have an engineering or physics background, including a track record in sensor research and/or the physics of atmospheric electricity.  You should also show a demonstrable interest in biological research. A key asset will be the capacity to identify and solve problems in electrostatics, using empirical measurements, computer modelling and innovative characterisation methods. Important qualities include the capacity to work in both laboratory and field environments and apply approaches from the physical sciences to biological questions. You will be expected to work in collaboration with the other postdoctoral researchers and other members of the sensory biophysics and bionanoscience research group.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in physics or in a related field of engineering research, and have completed their PhD and submitted their thesis. This position will be attractive to a highly motivated individual with a keen interest in science at the biology-physics interface.

References to literature:

Clarke D, Whitney H, Sutton G, Robert D (2013) Detection and learning of floral electric fields by

bumblebees. Science 340:66-69

Sutton G, Clarke D, Morley E, Robert D (2016) Mechanosensory hairs in bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) detect weak electric fields. PNAS 113:7261-7265

More information about the group can be found at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/biology/people/daniel-robert/overview.html

For further details or informal enquiry, please contact Prof D. Robert at: D.Robert@Bristol.ac.uk 

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