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Postdoctoral Position: Structural and mechanistic characterization of Cell wall signaling cascades

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Prof. Julia Santiago at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to dissect cell wall signaling pathways in mechanistic detail. The position is available from July 2017 until filled.

Who we are and what we are interested in: We are an ERC Starting Grant-funded lab with a key interest in plant development and plant signaling cascades. In particular, we would like to understand how plants sense chemical and mechanical changes in the cell wall, and how they integrate this information inside the cell to regulate growth, shape and protection. The group combines structural biology (X-ray protein crystallography) and quantitative biochemistry with genetics and cell biology in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. We are offering a dynamic and dedicated research environment with state-of-the art facilities for structural biology, biochemistry,(eukaryotic expression platform, biophysical instrumentation and access to a crystallization facility), plant genetics and cell biology. Our research is focused on cell signaling and cell wall remodeling events (Santiago et al., EMBO J, 2011; Santiago, Henzler & Hothorn, Science, 2013; Santiago et al., eLife, 2016) essential to plant growth and development. Our lab is located at the University of Lausanne at the Dorigny Campus, by the lake Geneva, in Lausanne.

Your profile: You are a recent (less than 2 year) PhD graduate in structural biology or biochemistry with a keen interest in signal transduction. You have a good working knowledge of protein biochemistry (eukaryotic protein expression, purification, characterization), structural biology (protein crystallization, structure determination) and an interest in learning new methods and skills. Your are fluent in English (both written and oral) and your have demonstrated your scientific abilities by at least one 1st author publication in a peer-reviewed structural biology/biochemistry journal. We are seeking a creative, self-motivated team-player that will integrate with the other plant biologists in the group. Suitable candidates will be encouraged to apply for fellowships, but internal funding is available.

We offer: A postdoctoral position (for up to 5 years) in a friendly, international and interdisciplinary working environment with possibilities of continuous training in different techniques.

Contact: Please direct applications (consisting of a letter of intent, your CV, and names of 2-3 referees) and informal inquiries to Julia Santiago (julia.santiago@unil.ch).

Location: 
Lausanne, CH
Deadline: 
07/2017

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