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PhD position in Molecular Plant Science / Plant-Microbe Interactions

A PhD position (4 years) is open in the Nawrath group of the Department of Plant Molecular Biology (DBMV) at the University of Lausanne. The research in the group of Christiane Nawrath (www.unil.ch/dbmv/en/home/menuinst/recherche/dr-christiane-nawrath-mer.html) is aimed on the characterization of genes involved in the formation and function of the plant cuticle and other cell wall lipids. The cuticle is laid down on the surface of different plant organs forming a diffusion barrier protecting the plant against abiotic and biotic stresses. Surface lipids of the root are less well-known. The proposed research is aimed at the characterization of aliphatic polyesters and possibly other aliphatic cell wall modifications in the root and their role in plant-microbe interactions. Studies will be largely performed in Arabidopsis. The DBMV regroups 8 laboratories dedicated to the study of plants from a cellular and molecular perspective. With a total of more than 75 collaborators, our department represents one of the largest groups of scientists in plant molecular biology in Switzerland. Highly motivated students who interested in working in an international research environment and in taking a combined approach using techniques of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology and physiology are encouraged to apply. Master degree or equivalent in biology is essential, background in molecular biology and/or plant microbe interactions desirable. Applications including a CV, a letter of motivation and information for 2 references should be send to Dr. Christiane Nawrath, Department of Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Lausanne (christiane.nawrath@unil.ch) and will be continuously evaluated until position is filled. Position is available now, starting date to be negociated.

Location: 
University of Lausanne, CH
Deadline: 
Until filled

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