Research Assistant in the Division of Science, Bio-Physics Dr. Arjun Narayanan job with NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ABU DHABI


Applications are invited for a fully-funded research assistant position in the Emergent Physics in Living Matter group led by Prof. Arjun Narayanan at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Using breakthrough experimental, image analysis, and theoretical approaches, pioneered by our group, we explore the dynamic self-organization of intracellular structures, in order to address a series of outstanding questions in both cell biology, and in the statistical physics of living matter.

Our current research addresses questions in cortical self-organization, protein quality control, and mechanobiology. However, we are happy to support new research directions using any of our major tools – high resolution imaging, computational image analysis and the physics of complex systems.

We offer a highly collaborative environment, exposure to cutting edge tools in bioimaging, data science and cell biology, and a strong global network of mentors through inclusion in multiple ongoing international collaborations with experts in bio-photonics (Melbourne), optogenetics (Prague), theoretical physics (Paris, Hyderabad), and soft matter physics (Bengaluru).

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in biology, engineering or physics. The primary criterion for selection is an excitement to learn and use multidisciplinary skills, to frame and answer questions at the biology/physics interface. Direct experience with, or an interest in learning, the following skills are also useful:

  • High resolution fluorescence imaging, single molecule imaging and computational image analysis
  • Theory and analysis methods from the physics of complex systems
  • Mammalian cell culture, and/or experience with model organisms

For consideration, applicants should submit a research statement detailing their research experience, the career and learning goals they would like to support in achieving, and the scientific questions they are currently most curious about. Additionally, a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references is required. These documents should be submitted via Inter-folio. Informal inquiries may be directed to Arjun Narayanan:

This position is not located in the United States and the applicant must be willing to relocate to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled.


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity . This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

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