Postdoctoral position in the Laboratoire de Biologie
de la Rhizosphere, I.N.R.A., Versailles
The subject is the role of plant secondary metabolites in interactions between
roots and their biotic environment. We will concentrate on a family of small
molecules called calystegins, which are nutritional mediators of
plant/bacterial associations [Tepfer et al. (1988), J. Bacteriol. 170, 1153-
1161; Goldmann et al. (1990), Phytochemistry 29, 2125-2127].
Calystegins provide an exclusive carbon and nitrogen source to soil bacteria
that can catabolize them, and they are potent glycosidase inhibitors [Molyneux
et al. (1993), Arch Biochem Biophys 304, 81-88]. Research will involve
plant genetic engineering, microbial ecology and genetics and collaborations
with chemists. Applicants with experience in molecular biology are preferred.
Salary: 10,000 to 13,000 FF per month; one year contract, renewable for a
second year. Send C.V. and names of 3 referees to D. Tepfer, I.N.R.A., 78026
Versailles Cedex, France.