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Postdoc position Plant Ecophysiology (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Science is looking for a Postdoc position Plant Ecophysiology. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

12 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 3111 - € 4084 per maand


The successful applicant will work as a postdoctoral researcher on exodermis development in tomato roots. The selected candidate will work under supervision of Dr. Kaisa Kajala at the Plant Ecophysiology group.

Brief project overview:

Understanding plant development and responses to the environment is key for improving crop yields and ensuring food and fuel for the future. Many crop species have evolved adaptations that make them more tolerant against abiotic stresses, such as drought, flooding and soil salinity. One of these adaptations is the exodermis, a water- and air-proofed cell layer in the root that protects the root from drying and drowning. Although the importance of the exodermis for crop yield has been shown, development of it is not understood at the molecular level, partly because it’s absent in the root model species Arabidopsis. We aim to elucidate the mechanisms involved in exodermal development and drought responses in tomato. To achieve this, novel tools are combined in an efficient way to study root development of a crop species in a short timeframe. Tools used for this project can include bioinformatic analyses of new cell type-specific datasets, rapid hairy root cultures, genome editing by CRISPR/Cas9, ectopic expression constructs, plate-based water deficit treatments, ChIP-seq, qRT-PCR, and confocal microscopy.

The core tasks will include:

  • carrying out the research outlined above;
  • (co-)supervising PhD and MSc students;
  • communicating the research to wide audiences (scientific, industry, general public) through publications, conference presentations and outreach activities.


We are looking for someone who:

  • will hold a PhD degree in molecular plant physiology or other relevant research field;
  • has a strong track record in molecular tools (cloning);
  • has the potential and excitement to expand his/her scientific and technical knowledge;
  • has scientific excellence, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals;
  • has experience in supervising MSc students (or equivalent research interns);
  • is organized and efficient, able to work within international/multidisciplinary teams and think conceptually;
  • is fluent in English;
  • has great writing and communication skills.


The candidate is offered a full-time position for 1 year which can be extended for another year after good evaluations. The gross salary is in the range between €3,111 and maximum €4,084 (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment.

The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

Additionele informatie

For more information, please contact Dr. Kaisa Kajala, +31 30 253 6871 or k.kajala@uu.nl.