PhD position in Plant Development and Molecular Biology (1.0 FTE)
We are looking for an enthusiastic, communicative, and highly motivated
colleague with experience in molecular plant sciences to do a PhD in our
group. You will be working on an NWO funded project that seeks to m ap the
site of et hylene a ction (META), in protecting the Arabidopsis root
meristem from hypoxic injury. This project builds on our previous work,
characterizing the positive effect of ethylene on root meristem hypoxia
tolerance. We now seek to identify the specific cell types and related
mechanisms that are essential for this process. To do so, META will use a
combination of physiological, genetics and computational modelling approaches
working closely with the Plant Systems Physiology group at Radboud University.
You will be directly supervised by Dr. Rashmi Sasidharan and will collaborate
intensively with Prof. J. Xu, Dr. V. Mironova and a PhD student also working
on META and focusing more on the computational modeling approaches.
We are looking for a driven, creative and collaborative candidate with a keen
interest to learn and the motivation to work in an ambitious and international
Essential requirements for the position are:
a MSc in the area of molecular plant biology;
expertise in molecular and genetics techniques;
excellent command of both written and spoken English;
the ability to think critically and creatively;
you are organized and efficient.
We would like you to have:
experience in Arabidopsis research;
basic bioinformatic skills (e.g. basics of R);
experience in root development, stress signalling;
affiliation with plant-environment interactions.
an exciting project that will investigate a relatively unexplored but
highly relevant research area;
a full-time position for four years;
a full-time gross salary starting at €2,443 in year 1 and increasing to
€3,122 in year 4 (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities
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 yourself 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 with Rashmi Sasidharan's research team, embedded within
the Plant Ecophysiology group. We are a very diverse and international
research group embedded within the Institute of Environmental Biology. You can
expect to work in an inclusive, collaborative and motivating environment with
a very creative, ambitious and international team of PhD students, post-docs,
tenured staff and research assistants. You will have access to world class
research facilities and will benefit from our extensive national/international
ongoing collaborations (including those with industry), facilitating network
building, essential to future jobs.
If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact:
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