We are in the midst of our annual search for postdoctoral fellows, both
theorists and experimentalists, interested in the physics of biological
Our efforts at building an interactive and collaborative environment
have been invigorated by the establishment of the Center for the Physics
of Biological Function, https://biophysics.princeton.edu
University and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
We are a group of fourteen faculty working on problems across the full
range of biological organization, from single molecules to groups of
organisms, united by our search for common physical principles
underlying the beautiful phenomena of life.
Center Fellows are an essential part of our intellectual community, and
will have the flexibility to initiate and pursue projects that span the
interests of multiple faculty mentors. We have a particularly strong
culture of theory/experiment collaboration, and individual Fellows often
have played key roles in developing these collaborations. Successful
fellows have come both from PhDs in biological physics and from more
traditional areas of physics; some have had as many as four different
faculty co-authors during their time with us, while some have written
papers only with other postdocs and students.
We ask your help in bringing this opportunity to the attention of your
young colleagues. Applications must be made via
We plan to start reading applications by 15 October, and interview a
first group of candidates on 18-19 November, so we hope that interested
candidates will act soon. Start dates as early as February 2020 are
possible, and we expect all new Fellows to join us by Fall 2020.
In addition to the Center Fellow position, candidates interested in
combining research with a modest amount of teaching should consider
applying to the new Lewis-Sigler Scholars program at Princeton, which
again is looking for both theorists and experimentalists
Finally, please also nominate your best theory students for postdoctoral
fellowships at the Princeton Center for the Theoretical Sciences,
If there are candidates whom you think we should encourage more
directly, simply reply to this message with their names and contact
information, and we can do the rest.
With thanks for your help, and best wishes,
Bill & Josh
William Bialek and Joshua Shaevitz
Directors, Center for the Physics of Biological Function