A Ph.D. position is available starting early in 2009 at Plant Research International - Wageningen University and Research Centre to study the molecular regulation of somatic embryogenesis induction in the model plant arabidopsis. The preferred clonal propagation tool for many crops is somatic embryogenesis, in which vegetative cells are induced to form embryos in vitro, usually after exposure to plant hormones. BABY BOOM (BBM) is an AP2/ERF domain transcription factor that is able to induce somatic embryogenesis in the absence of exogenous hormone application. The project makes use of state-of-the art genomics techniques to identify the molecular factors that make a cell competent to respond to BBM and form somatic embryos. The PhD student will be assisted for the duration of the project by a part-time technician.
The candidate should possess an M.Sc. or equivalent in (plant) molecular biology, with an interest in developmental biology. Experience in protein biochemistry is a plus. Proficiency in English (both spoken and written) is required.
The gross salary per month is €2,000 in the first year increasing to €2,558 in the fourth year.
The initial contract is for 18 months and will be extended for an additional 30 months pending a positive performance evaluation.
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Kim Boutilier, tel: +31 317 480982, E-mail: kim.boutilier from wur.nl.
Send your application before December 15th, 2008 to Mrs. Lydia Bikker, Wageningen UR Plant Sciences Group, Personnel & Organization Department, P.O. Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands. E-mail: vacaturemeldingen.psg from wur.nl.
Applications may be submitted electronically (MS Word or PDF) or as hard copy versions. The application should comprise a cover letter indicating your suitability for this position, your curriculum vitae and two letters of reference.
Please mention vacancy number 08.biosc.08 in your cover letter.
Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) is an internationally renowned institute in the fields of life sciences and sustainability. Wageningen Plant Sciences Group (PSG) is a Wageningen UR consortium, bringing together the expertise of Wageningen University and the research institutes Plant Research International (PRI) and PPO (Applied Plant Research).