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postdoctoral position: polar plant cell growth

Benedikt Kost bkost at bot.uni-heidelberg.de
Thu May 8 02:53:02 EST 2003

A postdoctoral position is immediately available for 2 years (extendable to
3 years) at the Institute of Plant Sciences of the University of Heidelberg
(Germany) in the Laboratory of Developmental Biology.
We are investigating the mechanism and the regulation of polar plant cell
growth using a variety of techniques including molecular genetics,
Arabidopsis genetics and GFP-tagging/fluorescence microscopy (Kost et al.
1998, Plant J. 16, 393; Kost et al. 1999, J. Cell Biol. 145, 317; Kost and
Chua 2002, Cell 108, 9;

The successful candidate is expected to investigate endocytic membrane
recycling at the tip of rapidly elongating pollen tubes. We are interested
specifically in 1) the visualization of endocytic membrane dynamics using
fluorescent makers (incl. GFP variants), 2) the analysis of interactions
between endocytic compartments and the actin cytoskeleton, and 3) the
identification of regulatory factors controlling endocytosis in pollen

Candidates must hold a PhD (doctoral) degree, and have good skills (written
and oral) in English. In addition, they should have a strong background in
molecular biology and an interest in microscopy/digital imaging.

The position is founded by the DFG and compensated at the BAT IIa level
(salary depends on experience and marital status/ includes support for
health insurance and a retirement plan). Heidelberg is a beautiful city at
the river Neckar, a key research center in Germany (~20'000 students;
University, DKFZ, EMBL, Max Planck Institute) and hosts a highly
international community (<http://www.heidelberg.de>http://www.heidelberg.de).

Please send applications (including a short statement of motivation, copies
of graduation certificates, CV and names/addresses of at least two
references) or requests for further information to:

Dr. Benedikt Kost
Heidelberger Institute of Plant Sciences (HIP)
Im Neuenheimer Feld 360
D-69120 Heidelberg
tel: +49 (0)6221 54 5788
e-mail: <mailto:bkost at bot.uni-hd.de>bkost at bot.uni-hd.de

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