You will be working in the Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology at Ghent University in Belgium, headed by Dominique Van Der Straeten (www.fpb.ugent.be).
The aim of the project is to understand how B-vitamins, more specifically B1/thiamin - B9/folates, are transported from cell to cell, and between plant organs. We aim at fundamental understanding of short and long distance transporters, revealing their spatial and temporal patterns of expression, and their accumulation upon stress. In addition, we wish to explore their value in refining approaches for vitamin biofortification of staple crops such as rice and potato. Genetic, molecular, and biochemical techniques will be used to characterize the genes/proteins involved. Hence, a broad interest and expertise are an asset.
The successful applicant will hold a PhD degree (awarded recently or less than 2 years ago) in biology, biotechnology, or bio-engineering/applied biological sciences. We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist with excellent laboratory skills, who functions well in a team, and has a proven track record of research in the field of molecular plant physiology, endorsed by first author publications in high standard international peer-reviewed journals. Expertise in confocal microscopy is required, as well as a thorough knowledge of molecular techniques (a.o. GoldenGate/GoldenBraid cloning, plant transformation, Q-RT-PCR) and standard software packages (Microsoft Excel, Photoshop/Illustrator, RStudio). Communications and presentations at international conferences, as well as research experience in a country different from the country of origin are considered assets. Experience in leading research activities which resulted in Master theses is also a plus.
Applicants should be fluent in English (both in verbal and written communication) and have excelled in their studies (at least one great distinction/magna cum laude in the curriculum; or a minimal GPA score 3,2 out of 4).
Please send your CV including publication record, a description of research interests and skills, together with the names and email addresses of 3 referees, and a motivation letter, to:
firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning 'postdoc B-vitamins' in the subject line.
About Ghent University, Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology
Looking for a great job in a vibrant medieval student town in Western Europe?
Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major Belgian universities counting over 44,000 students and 15,000 employees. We distinguish ourselves as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective.
Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economic heart of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation. The past 200 years, Ghent University employed many eminent scientists such as Nobel Prize winners Corneille Heymans and Maurice Maeterlinck, as well as Walter Fiers, Jeff Schell, and Marc Van Montagu. Among our alumni are prominent persons such as Peter Piot (former UN Under-Secretary General) and Jacques Rogge (former Chairman IOC).
With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centers and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines, including life sciences.
Ghent is a multicultural city of around 270000 inhabitants, whi...ch is home to nationals from all over the world. You will feel a taste of home in a vibrant setting.
You will be working in the Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology, which is an internationally renowned, dynamic research group. See our website www.fpb.ugent.be for a list of publications and more information.
For our university facilities, see https://www.ugent.be/en/facilities