Phd Position In Pattern-Triggered Immunity In Lettuce (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University


July 4, 2021


PhD position in pattern-triggered immunity in lettuce (1.0 FTE)

Job description

Are you interested to understand what mechanisms plants have evolved to defend themselves against pathogen infection? We have a great project for you to explore exciting aspects of the lettuce immune system in the subtheme resilience of the LettuceKnow program (see below for more information and the website for additional vacancies). You will join a team of 18 PhD students, post-docs, and technicians working in Utrecht, Wageningen, and Leiden.


As the ideal candidate, you are proactive, curiosity-driven, and have a hands- on mentality. You also have:

  • an MSc degree (or equivalent) in Biology or Molecular Life Sciences, or you can obtain such a degree before the starting date of your PhD project;
  • a strong background in at least one but preferentially two of the following areas: Plant or animal immunity, Molecular Biology, or Biochemistry;
  • a command in a programming language (considered a plus);
  • affinity with genetics;
  • the willingness to learn new methods of computational data analysis;
  • excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills;
  • a team player with good communication skills;
  • working proficiency in English.
  • Offer

  • an exciting research opportunity in our dynamic Utrecht Plant-Microbe Interactions group that is embedded in the exciting research program LettuceKnow;
  • a full-time position for 4 years;
  • a full-time gross salary starting at €2,395 in the first year and increasing to €3,061 in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
  • In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

    About the organization

    You will be working in the dynamic Plant-Microbe Interactions group at Utrecht University and collaborate intensively with other PhD students and post-docs on the LettuceKnow program. Importantly, your communication and collaboration skills are also of great importance to have an optimal exchange of knowledge and ideas between the academic groups and the seven breeding companies.

    Additional information

    If you have any questions that you'd like us to answer, please contact Dmitry Lapin,

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role then simply respond via the “Apply” button!

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your Curriculum vitae;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.
  • If this specific opportunity isn't for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward the link to them. Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them

    The application deadline is 04/07/2021

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