Website Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology, CNRS

A position is open to work in the frame of an ERC advanced project named HyArchi. Research will be carried out in the group of Dr Christophe Maurel, which has world-wide recognized records in transport and stress physiology. The HyArchi project focuses on maize roots under water stress with the ultimate goal of optimizing water uptake. It explores novel aspects of their plasticity and will provide a multidimensional understanding of their water transport function, by considering the integration of hydraulic, growth and signaling processes within root architecture.

The aim of the post-doctoral researcher will be to characterize novel genes that determine the root hydraulic properties of maize seedlings. These genes have been identified by genome wide association and their function needs to be validated using hydraulic phenotyping of CRISPR-Cas9 and insertion mutants. In addition, the molecular and cellular function of the gene products will be finely dissected using dedicated techniques. Finally, soil-grown plants with newly identified or engineered genotypes will be evaluated for their response to drought using high resolution phenotyping facilities that are present on-site.

The position is open for 2.5 years to citizens from all nationalities. Gross salary will be around 2800 €/month according to experience.

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