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Our team is interested to identify the molecular mechanisms of virus movement and antiviral defence in plants and to design new approaches for crop protection. We are looking for a suitable postdoctoral candidate to work in the frame of the international ERA-NET SusCrop2-funded project “BioProtect”, which aims to develop cost-effective and environmentally safe dsRNA-based agents for protecting crops against viruses, fungi, and insects, and to further understand the functional basis of dsRNA-induced design, produce, formulate and test agents for protecting vegetable crops against specific plant viruses and address the molecular nature of the protective mechanism by molecular and cell biology approaches. Moreover, the influence of temperature on virus infection, on the protective effect of the dsRNA agents, and on the underlying mechanisms will be investigated.

Profile: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in plant biology and an excellent academic record. The candidate should have a strong background in plant molecular biology and cell biology. Specific experience in plant-pathogen interactions, virology, RNA biology, protein biochemistry, and bioinformatics is a plus. The candidate should be able to conceive, execute, and complete research projects, think independently and creatively, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. The candidate shall work well in the team, supervise Master and PhD students, and present the project and its results to scientists and the public. She/he will participate in extensive collaborations, including mobility exchanges within Europe.
Application: Please send a motivation letter expressing your interest and suitability for the project, CV and publication list, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references to Manfred Heinlein ([email protected]).

For further details and information, please contact Manfred Heinlein ([email protected])). The position will remain open until filled.