Post-doc position to study chromosome movement in human cells at the University of Geneva

Which are the global mechanisms that govern and coordinate the movements of chromosomes during cell division? Till date it was assumed that chromosomes move autonomously, as independent units, during cell division. However, we recently found that the movements of metaphase chromosomes are coupled in a distance-dependent manner; the closer two kinetochore pairs are to each other, the more similar their movements look like. We further find that this coupling of movements is under the control of microtubule motors and that it is important for faithful chromosome segregation.  We are therefore looking for a motivated post-doc candidate to explore the molecular control and physiological relevance of the mechanisms controlling the global behavior of chromosomes during cell division. Ideally, the candidate should have a strong background in cell biology, live-cell imaging, and/or computational data analysis.
Our laboratory is newly located at the Medical school of the University of Geneva, Switzerland  (http://www.medecine.unige.ch/recherche/groupes/b_donnees/sujet_922_4.html); the compensation includes a generous salary and social security benefits according to the pay scale of the University of Geneva.

Applications should be sent to Patrick.meraldi@unige.ch. They should include a motivation letter, CV, list of publications and the names and addresses of three referees.