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Post-doctoral Position: Functional biology of vines and lianas: towards a new biomimetic paradigm in

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General information

Reference : UMR5120-MARDEG-003
Date of publication : Thursday, September 05, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 18 November 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : The monthly salariy ranges from 2 643,22€ to 3 766,82€ before taxes and charges depending on (2 to 7 years of experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years


We are recruiting a post-doctoral researcher who is interested to collaborate with an international consortium of researchers seeking to build robotic artefacts that are bioinspired from climbing plants. The principal role of the post is to gather morphological, developmental and biomechanical characteristics of diverse climbing plants – particularly via field observations. In a second step the researcher will communicate with robotics specialists, materials scientists, mathematicians and engineers in order to implement biological know-how into a new paradigm of robotic artefacts.


The first step is to gather the characteristics, in particular through field measurements of
- morphology, development, and anatomy of different climbing plant species.
In a second step, the researcher will present the data and communicate with robotics specialists, mathematicians and engineers in order to transfer the knowledge acquired in biology to robotics by helping to generate new bio-inspired robots.


We are looking for an open minded and creative, early to mid-stage researcher (0-7 years' experience after Ph.D.) in plant sciences (plant structure function, anatomy, development, ecology). The person must be motivated to pursue a detailed understanding of life-history characteristics of climbing plants via field and laboratory work and collaborate with an international consortium engaged in producing a new concept in soft robotics.
A typical background would preferably include experience in at least one of the following: plant morphology, plant anatomy, electron microscopy, image analysis, plant biomechanics, field work and measurements of plant functional traits and biomechanics. We will be looking for candidates who are especially gifted in communicating with researchers of other disciplines such as physics, chemistry, engineering, maths and robotics. The candidate will work closely with the Plant Biomimetics group in Freiburg, Germany under the direction of Prof. T. Speck.
The candidate will need to communicate with the project consortium in English and contribute to the following tasks: perform measurements on life history traits of climbing plants in the field -tropical, sub-tropical and temperate to Mediterranean regions. Supervise Master 1 and Master 2 projects linked to the project, carry out laboratory analyses: morphology, anatomy and biomechanics of climbing plants; supervise an assistant engineer in our lab also engaged in the project for laboratory work. Help compare and validate initial robotic artefact performance against that of plants; assist in organising international meetings; helping in initiatives to promote and distribute information and news of the project; contribute to scientific publications.

Work Context

AMAP (Botany and Modelling of Plant Architecture and Vegetation) is situated on the outskirts of the city of Montpellier on the south coast of France. Our laboratory is affiliated with the University of Montpellier and numerous research Institutes locally, which make up one of the largest poles of biological research in Europe and is vibrant community for biological research.

The Project.
Biomimetic research has much to offer humanity in the development of new bioinspired technologies in a changing world. The biodiversity of plant structures in natural tropical ecosystems is a rich source for biomimetic research. The post is part of a new and highly innovative H2020 European project “GrowBot”- Towards a new generation of plant-inspired growing artefacts” as part of the FETPROACT-01-2018 – FET proactive: emerging paradigms and communities Research and Innovation Action – Grant Agreement no. 824074. The aim is to develop along with affiliated partner laboratories a new generation of climbing plant inspired robots that can navigate highly heterogeneous terrains without falling or becoming stuck. Our principal roles at AMAP in the context of this initiative are to provide a palette of detailed information on the performance of climbing plants from field and laboratory analyses which can then be implemented in the development of technical robotic artefacts.

Additional Information

The deadline for the application is the 26th September, 2019 at 23:59 (Paris time).

The application must be written in English and must include:
- A one page motivation letter describing your background and why you would like to be part of our team for this exciting project.
- A CV (maximum of 3 pages).

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