Pringle Laboratory and Brenner Group

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

We are looking for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to partner with us in research on the biology and physics of fungal networks. The fellowship is funded by the Human Frontiers in Science Program. Experiments aim to understand how fluid flows within indeterminate, modular organisms enable foraging. Fungi can easily reach several square meters in size. Despite lacking a central coordination center (a brain), individuals are able to reshape their morphology in response to local cues, including food sources. How are local signals integrated across a network, and coordinated to mount a global response? Applicants must be genuinely fascinated by basic research. Brenner is an applied mathematician and the Pringle laboratory focuses on the evolution and ecology of fungi. We are housed at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, a vibrant intellectual community near myriad cultural resources.  The fellow will work collaboratively with Professors Brenner and Pringle, and physicist and post-doctoral fellow Karen Alim, to grow fungi, manipulate networks using drugs and physical stimuli, and implement a range of image-processing and analysis tools. A collaboration with Mark Fricker (Plant Biology, Oxford University) will start this Fall. This position requires an independent, organized, and motivated individual with demonstrated skills and experience in experimental techniques involving slime molds and fungi. Biologists interested in quantitative approaches to biological problems are strongly encouraged to apply. Above all, we are looking for someone who is personable, motivated and enthusiastic about working in a group environment.

Information about the Brenner group can be found at Information about the Pringle laboratory can be found at

Informal inquiries can be directed to either Michael Brenner ( or Anne Pringle (

Formal applications should be made to the administration, by emailing Nikki Hughes ( Please send a letter describing your research interests and experience, a C.V., and contact information for three references.

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2012 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, non-smoking workplace.

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