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[Arabidopsis] Postdoc in miRNAs and stress

Elena Baena-Gonzalez via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by elebae from gmail.com)
Tue Jan 12 11:38:30 EST 2010

One post-doctoral position is immediately available in the Plant
Stress Signaling group at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência located
near Lisbon, Portugal (http://www.igc.gulbenkian.pt). The position is
initially for one year but renewable up to three.

Research in the lab focuses on energy signaling and its connection to
environmental changes and growth. The Arabidopsis SnRK1 protein
kinases play a central role during the stress response and are
required for the proper integration of environmental cues into growth
and development. Sensing and signaling stress-associated energy
deprivation, SnRK1s trigger global gene expression reprogramming,
enabling the adjustment of energy homeostasis necessary for coping
with stress. Plant miRNAs, on the other hand, have recently been
implicated in adaptive processes, mediating the response to various
nutrients as well as to other abiotic and biotic stresses. The present
position is aimed to explore the possibility that part of the SnRK1-
mediated gene expression program is implemented through miRNAs.

Applicants should have a PhD in genetics, biochemistry or molecular
biology, with excellent communication skills and a strong background
in molecular biology and biochemistry. Experience in miRNAs/small RNAs
and/or traditional biochemical methods (immunopurification, protein
complex isolation, cell fractionation, etc) is a plus. Interested
candidates should send CV, a letter of motivation with a brief
description of previous research, and three letters of reference to
ebaena from igc.gulbenkian.pt

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