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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

We are looking for a postdoc that shares our excitement about using stem cells to discover the developmental mechanics underlying embryogenesis and organogenesis. The lab uses an interdisciplinary toolkit centered around live-cell imaging and quantitative analysis to study spatial organization and cell fate determination in human pluripotent stem cells.


The goals of the Heemskerk lab are to understand 1) The interplay between epithelial mechanics and spatial patterning of cell fates, and 2) How stem cells create and simultaneously interpret dynamic signaling gradients that specify cell fate. You will combine experimental techniques for manipulating cells in space and time with live-cell measurements and in-depth quantitative analysis, as well as mathematical modeling.

Required Qualifications*

The successful applicant is a highly motivated rigorous thinker with either a Ph.D. in a quantitative field (e.g. physics, engineering, math) and strong interest in wet lab biology, or a Ph.D. in biology with relevant experience and a strong interest in quantitative methods.

Background Screening

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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.