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Postdoctoral Researcher: Metabolic Engineering of Multipurpose Nicotiana Crops with Genome Editing

Postdoctoral Researcher: Metabolic Engineering of Multipurpose Nicotiana Crops with Genome Editing

VIB, Belgium

 

The Goossens lab is looking to recruit a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher, who will identify and characterise the genes that encode for enzymes catalysing missing steps in Nicotiana alkaloid biosynthesis. This knowledge will be used to engineer Nicotiana prototypes with altered alkaloid profiles and the capacity to deliver valuable speciality chemicals. The latter will also involve ‘organelle engineering’ to increase the biochemical potential of Nicotiana plants. This will be achieved with the use of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology. This project forms an integral part of the EU Horizon 2020 large-scale collaborative project Newcotiana that comprises research partners from all over Europe.

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, expertise in the areas of plant molecular biology, plant biotechnology, plant biochemistry, functional genomics, metabolic engineering and/or synthetic biology, as well as experience in guidance of master and/or PhD students are assets. The position is available from April 1, 2018 on. Applications are welcome until the position is filled.

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’

Desirable but not required:

  • Expertise in the areas of plant molecular biology, plant biotechnology, functional genomics, proteomics, interactomics and/or plant-microbe interactions is an asset
  • Experience in guidance of master and/or PhD students is an asset

 

More information to be found here

Location: 
VIB, BE
Deadline: 
Until filled

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