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Werner Aufsatz Werner.Aufsatz at gmi.oeaw.ac.at
Tue Jan 31 15:23:36 EST 2006

Dear all,

I would like to announce an open position in my lab:


The role of RNA silencing in stress adaptation

Arabidopsis histone deacetylase 6 (HDA6) is required for promoter  
inactivation triggered by homologous double-stranded RNAs (RNA  
silencing) in a process called RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM)  
(Aufsatz et al. (2002), EMBO 21, 6832-6841). In addition to the  
function of HDA6 in RNA silencing, preliminary data indicate a role  
for HDA6 in the tolerance of plants to a subset of abiotic stress  
treatments. Our current experiments aim at the identification of  
direct molecular targets of HDA6 in stress-treated plants.

A 2-3 year postdoctoral position is now available within a network  
project that investigates the impact of different abiotic stress  
regimes on the (epi)genome of Arabidopsis. This network project  
involves expert groups in the field of stress signaling and (epi) 
genetics. Your role in this project will be the analysis of short and  
long-term perturbations of RNA-mediated epigenetic control in stress- 
treated wild-type plants and diverse mutant plants that are defective  
in the production, amplification or function of endogenous small  
RNAs. Mutants will also be analyzed for their ability to adapt to  
stress conditions. The project will start from April 2006 on.


A strong background in plant genetics and general molecular biology  
is mandatory. Experience in the field of epigenetics and in  
techniques used to study DNA methylation and chromatin modifications  
(i.e. bisulfite sequencing, methylation-sensitive PCR, chromatin IP)  
would be ideal.

To apply, please send a letter of motivation, a detailed CV with a  
brief description of your research experience/interest and names/  
email addresses of two references to:

Werner Aufsatz

email: Werner.Aufsatz at gmi.oeaw.ac.at

phone: +43 1 79044 9820

fax: + 43 1 79044 9001

Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology


Dr. Bohrgasse 3

A-1030 Vienna


Applications/inquiries via Email are preferred.

Best regards,

Dr. Werner Aufsatz
Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Bohrgasse 3
A-1030 Vienna

Phone:     ++43-(0)1-79044-9820 (office) or
Fax:		  ++43-(0)1-79044-9001
Email:       Werner.Aufsatz at gmi.oeaw.ac.at

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