Thierry Mora

Laboratoire de physique statistique
Ecole normale supérieure
24, rue Lhomond
75 231 Paris Cedex 05

office: GH 305
phone: +33 1 44 32 32 90

Post-doc position

I am looking for a post-doc to work at the cross-road of statistical mechanics, biophysics, and computational neuroscience, in particular on non-equilibrium aspects of sensory coding by living systems.

The position is expected to start on October 1st, 2017, and last for two years, with the possibility of renewal depending on funding availability.

A background in statistical physics would be preferred, but applicants with a strong background in theoretical physics, mathematics, statistics, or computational neuroscience, will also be considered. Some programming experience is required.

Research interests

Many biological systems function through the concerted behavior of many connected elements in a self-organised manner, very much like spontaneous ordering and phase transitions in physics. The recent years have witnessed a large increase in the amount of detailed multi-variate data in a variety biological contexts (genomics, electrophysiology, fluorescence microscopy, etc.), offering a unique opportunity to learn these mechanisms of self-organisation directly from data. In my research I study the behaviour of complex biological systems that show interesting emergent phenomena, in immunology, neuroscience, cellular biology, and collective behaviour. I combine a bottom-up approach, in which mechanisms of organisation are hypothesized from efficient design principles, and a top-down approach, where the local rules of interaction are learned from data using statistical learning and statistical physics techniques. I'm particularly interested in three fascinating systems where collective effects play an important role:

- Population coding of visual information by retinal ganglion cells.

- Dynamics, diversity, and organization of immune receptor repertoires.

- Collective behaviour in bird flocks and bacterial micro-colonies.

Cargese summer school (applications closed)

We are organizing an exciting summer school in beautiful Cargese (Corsica, France) on Theoretical Biophysics (26 June - 7 July 2017).