Abiotic Interactions, Growth Regulation, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Signals and Responses
You will be working in the Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology at Ghent University in Belgium, headed by Dominique Van Der Straeten (see www.fpb.ugent.be for our publications and more information).
The aim of the project is to understand how ACC, the precursor of the plant hormone ethylene, is transported from cell to cell, and from organ to organ within a plant. We wish to discover different classes of short and long distance transporters, reveal the spatial and temporal patterns of expression, and understand how they accumulate during stress such as flooding and drought. This research area remains largely unexplored. We recently also have identified that ACC has a signaling function on its own during vegetative growth. This emphasizes the importance of studying how this signal is travelling through the plant body. A recently established toolbox will help us to unravel cell type specificity of ACC responses.
Genetic, molecular, and biochemical techniques will be used to characterize the genes/proteins involved. Hence, a broad interest and expertise are an asset.
The successful applicant will hold a Master’s degree in biology, biotechnology, or bio-engineering. We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist with excellent laboratory skills, who functions well in a team. A prerequisite is a thorough knowledge of standard molecular techniques (a.o. cloning, transformation, Q-RT-PCR). You will be guided in acquiring advanced molecular skills. Experience in the field of molecular plant physiology, cell biology and confocal microscopy is highly recommended. A thorough knowledge of standard and statistical software packages (Microsoft Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator, RStudio) is required.
Applicants should be fluent in English (both in verbal and written communication) and have excelled in their studies (at least one great distinction/magna cum laude in the curriculum; or a minimal GPA score 3,2 out of 4; please do not apply if not applicable to your CV).
Please send your CV including publication record (if relevant), a description of research interests and skills, together with the names and email addresses of 2 referees, and a motivation letter, to:
firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning ‘graduate student ACC-ethylene' in the subject line.
Additional Salary Information: PhD grant, around 1800 Euro/month net salary
About Ghent University
Looking for a great job in a vibrant medieval student town in Western Europe?
Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major Belgian universities counting over 44,000 students and 15,000 employees. We distinguish ourselves as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective.
Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economic heart of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation. The past 200 years, Ghent University employed many eminent scientists such as Nobel Prize winners Corneille Heymans and Maurice Maeterlinck, as well as Walter Fiers, Jeff Schell, and Marc Van Montagu. Among our alumni are prominent persons such as Peter Piot (former UN Under-Secretary General) and Jacques Rogge (former Chairman IOC).
With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centers and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines, including life sciences.
Ghent is a multicultural city of around 270000 inhabitants, whi...ch is home to nationals from all over the world. You will feel a taste of home in a vibrant setting.
You will be working in the Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology, which is an internationally renowned, dynamic research group. See our website www.fpb.ugent.be for a list of publications and more information.
For our university facilities, see https://www.ugent.be/en/facilities