Adria LeBoeuf

Group Leader

With a PhD in neuroscience and biophysics from The Rockefeller University, a postdoc at the University of Lausanne and another at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Adria is using social insect colonies to study long-term community self-regulation. Adria is passionate about evolution, biophysics and social and collective behavior.

In addition to her scientific life, Adria founded The Catalyst in 2012, a non-profit association creating new media for the public about science and teaching scientists to be better communicators.

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Lab Values

Creativity, interdisciplinarity, collaboration, open source, open access, inclusiveness, team mentality

Open PhD Position

Topic: collective control of development in social insects

Project

Social fluids tend to be exchanged only in the most fitness relevant behaviors, like mating and parental care. Our lab focuses on a mouth-to-mouth fluid exchange that occurs in many but not all social insect colonies, trophallaxis. In each of the social insect species where this social fluid has been studied, it has been found to contain proteins implicated in growth control. Some trophallactic fluid components have been shown to impact larval development when administered by trophallaxis (LeBoeuf et al. 2016 eLife). This provides a mechanism for how a colony can collectively decide the fate of the next generation. This project will combine fluorescence microscopy, quantitative video tracking of animal behavior, developmental biology and machine learning to better understand how social insects crowdsource control of the colony’s development using the social circulatory system. 

For more, see: Developmental Control

You

The ideal candidate is collaborative, hard-working and passionate about how social/biological systems can self-regulate. Ideally you have experience coding and have some maker/DIY skills. Image processing and/or machine learning experience are a plus. A master’s degree (or equivalent) is required prior to taking up the position.

Position

Start date is flexible, maximum 4 years (3.5 fully-funded). This position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (salary matches their guidelines, 47K CHF/yr).

Submission

Applications (in English) should include a cover letter (on your background and motivation), CV, and the names and contact details of two references. Applications should be sent as a single pdf to adrialeboeuf AT gmail DOT com.  DEADLINE: February 15th, 2019. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. 

Open PhD Position

Topic: the evolution of social fluids

Project

Social fluids tend to be exchanged only in the most fitness relevant behaviors, like mating and parental care. Our lab focuses on a mouth-to-mouth fluid exchange that occurs in many but not all social insect colonies, trophallaxis. In each of the social insect species where this social fluid has been studied, it has been found to contain proteins implicated in growth control (LeBoeuf et al. 2016 eLife). Involving ample travel and international collaborations, this project will combine fieldwork, proteomics and bioinformatic, orthology and phylogenetic methods to understand how this behavior, its concomitant social fluid, and the proteins found within it have evolved their roles in the colony’s social circulatory system.

For more, see: Social Fluid Evolution

You

The ideal candidate is collaborative, hard-working and passionate about evolution and behavior, with experience in coding/bioinformatics, and a willingness to travel/do field work. A master’s degree (or equivalent) is required prior to taking up the position.

Position

Start date is flexible, maximum 4 years (3.5 fully-funded). This position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (salary matches their guidelines, 47K CHF/yr).

Submission

Applications (in English) should include a cover letter (on your background and motivation), CV, and the names and contact details of two references. Applications should be sent as a single pdf to adrialeboeuf AT gmail DOT com.  DEADLINE: February 15th, 2019. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. 

 

If you are interested in what we do and don’t see an open position that fits you, write to me!