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Postdoc Researcher: Understanding Biotic Stresses in Tomato Roots through Molecular Interactomics

Postdoc Researcher: Understanding Biotic Stresses in Tomato Roots through Molecular Interactomics

VIB, Belgium

 

The Goossens lab is looking to recruit a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher, who will be involved in a project that aims at developing a platform to visualise and map the protein-protein interaction network that determines the response of tomato roots to beneficial and parasitic organisms living in its rhizosphere. More particularly, the candidate will take an active and leading role in the installation of a versatile and complementary tomato interactomics platform that will be based on affinity-purification-mass-spectrometry and yeast-two-hybrid-Seq. These two techniques will be applied to study the response of tomato roots to organisms in its rhizosphere and identify key players therein. The hypothesis is that we will identify “hub” proteins in tomato roots being targeted by effectors of different interacting rhizosphere organisms. Ultimately, this platform will also serve the whole tomato research community.

This project is a collaborative project together with the research groups of Prof. Sofie Goormachtig and Prof. Lieve Gheysen, both also located at VIB and/or Ghent University, and with which the candidate will also closely interact.

The ideal candidate will have a master and PhD degree in bio-engineering, biochemistry/biotechnology or molecular biology. A publication record in peer-reviewed journals and/or expertise in the areas of plant molecular biology, plant biotechnology, functional genomics and/or plant-microbe interactions, as well as experience in guidance of master and PhD students is an asset. The position is available from January 1, 2018 on.

Profile

Essential:

  • Master and PhD degree in bio-engineering science, biochemistry, (molecular) biology or biotechnology
  • You can take initiative, function well in a team, and have a hands-on mentality, perseverance and critical mind-set
  • Proficient use of the English language for both oral and written communication
  • A publication record in peer-reviewed journals in the field of ‘animal and plant sciences’

 

More information to be found here

Location: 
VIB, BE
Deadline: 
20/12/2017

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