Website University of Geneva, Switzerland
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position (3 years + possibility of extension) and a PhD student position (5 years) to investigate the signaling processes underlying the control of seed germination in the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana.
Background: Plants maintain their embryos in a metabolic inert and highly resistant state within the seed. The decision to germinate and to transform the embryo into a seedling is an irreversible developmental transition and a crucial process in the life of the plant. This event is tightly regulated by epigenetic and signaling pathways in response to environmental cues and involves developmental interactions between the embryo and the surrounding endosperm, a tissue unique to flowering plants. We study the molecular genetic pathways underlying the control of seed germination taking place in the endosperm and the embryo. Please visit our website for more information.
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