Postdoctoral position in Plant Science - Unraveling the regulation of ethylene biosynthesis

     
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Postdoctoral position in Plant Science - Unraveling the regulation of ethylene biosynthesis

Ethylene is an important plant hormone that regulates many developmental processes and stress responses. The ethylene biosynthesis pathway is well described, with ACC being the important precursor of ethylene. However, the regulation of the ACC pool remains poorly investigated. In this research project, we want to unravel how the formation of the MACC (malonyl-ACC; the main ACC-derivative) can control the ACC pool and thus control ethylene production. We aim to discover the unknown gene(s) responsible for ACC derviatization towards MACC and characterize the functionality and biological relevance of this enzyme. We will use a combination of biochemical, molecular and reverse genetics techniques, both in Arabidopsis and Tomato.

The lab of Prof. Van de Poel conducts research on molecular plant hormone physiology at the Department of Biosystems of the University of Leuven (Belgium). We have an open full-time postdoctoral position to unravel an unknown regulatory mechanism of ethylene biosynthesis in Arabidopsis and tomato.

The lab of Prof. Van de Poel conducts research on molecular plant hormone physiology at the Department of Biosystems of the University of Leuven (Belgium). We have an open full-time postdoctoral position to unravel an unknown regulatory mechanism of ethylene biosynthesis in Arabidopsis and tomato.

Our team is looking for a highly motivated and ambitious postdoc, who has a strong expertise in (molecular) plant biology and is excellent at the bench. The project requires you to be dedicated and persistent. You are a team player with a critical mind who is willing to tackle a longlasting question in ethylene biology. You have expertise in biochemistry and/or molecular biology. Knowledge in genetics and/or ethylene biology is a plus. You are interested to participate in the supervision of some PhD candidates of the lab.

You hold a PhD in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Bioscienceengineering, Biology, Biochemistry or similar. You have a proven track record (good publications) in the field of plant sciences.

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR [at] kuleuven[.]be.

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