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Deadline for application November 6th 2020.

Project on offer: Within the group of Teresa Fitzpatrick at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, applications are invited for a post-doctoral position to work in the area of plant metabolism. In particular, the molecular characterization of factors controlling B vitamin homeostasis and how this impacts plant health. The project will focus on the family of vitamin B1 and B6 compounds, with Arabidopsis as the key model organism (rice is also in use in the lab as well as model microorganisms). We have recently demonstrated that these B vitamins may have roles beyond their simple use as coenzymes. How B vitamins are integrated into regulation of energy status and carbon/nitrogen balancing will be the subject of this project. The position requires a solid background in biochemistry and associated molecular biology techniques. Expertise in cell biology (fluorescence microscopy including FRET) and plant metabolic flux analysis would be a strong advantage. Key skills that are currently in use in the lab include a combination of genetics, molecular and cell biology, biochemical and physiological techniques as well as protein biochemistry. State of the art equipment is available to enable these methods. Information on the lab may be accessed at http://www.unige.ch/fitzpatricklab/

Profile required: Applicants should have either recently received (less than 1 year) or expect to soon receive a PhD in plant biochemistry or metabolism with extensive knowledge of current methods associated with these disciplines. Previous experience with metabolite flux analysis, metabolite profiling by HPLC, fluorescence microscopy, as well as the characterization of plant
proteins and/or signaling pathways at the biochemical and physiological and genetic level would be a distinct advantage. The post holder should be able to work independently and show initiative within a multidisciplinary project area and collaborate with other members of the group. Proven ability of competence in the form of first author high impact publications is required.
Fluency in English is essential with both excellent oral and written communication skills expected.
Further details may be obtained by e-mailing [email protected]
What to do: Candidates should send a motivation letter, a detailed CV including publication
record, a description of research interests and skills, together with the names and addresses of three referees to the above e-mail address. Engagement depending on performance can be up to 3 years.