We are currently looking for graduate students and postdocs from a broad range of scientific disciplines (physics, biology, applied mathematics, materials science and engineering) who are interested in biological physics, quantitative biology and/or systems biology.

Our group combines theoretical and experimental approaches to study the formation of patterns and shapes in biological systems, at both cellular and embryonic (tissue) levels. We are interested in the collective behavior of cells within tissues, the patterning of physical and material properties of embryonic tissues, in the interplay between physics and genetics to shape embryonic structures and also in mechanobiology questions in general. For more information about our research, please check our current projects.

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) provides an exceptional, interdisciplinary and collaborative environment for scientists interested in the physics of biological systems, quantitative biology and systems biology. UCSB is well-known for the high level of its research in science and engineering, as well as the natural beauty of its campus and landscapes. Researchers at UCSB enjoy constant visits from world-leading scientists and workshops on varied topics throughout the year at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Moreover, researchers benefit from the Marine Biological Laboratory on campus and also the UCSB summer school on Quantitative Biology.

Available positions for graduate students

Graduate students interested in joining our group should apply to a graduate program at UCSB, including Materials Science, Biology, Physics and Mechanical Engineering. Please contact Prof. Campas if you have any questions.

Available positions for postdocs

Theoretical and experimental physicists (preferentially with experience in biological physics), engineers and materials scientists with experience in biology, and biologists interested in quantitative approaches are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience in zebrafish developmental biology will be valued for candidates aiming to work on tissue morphogenesis and mechanobiology, as our lab uses zebrafish as model system to approach these questions.

Applicants should email a CV and a brief description of research interests to Prof. Campas.