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PhD position Plant-nematode chemical communication in potato

The mission of the Plant Hormone Biology group is to understand the chemical communication of plants with other organisms in their environment. We study how …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


The mission of the Plant Hormone Biology group is to understand the chemical communication of plants with other organisms in their environment. We study how plants produce and secrete signaling molecules, particularly underground, and how this affects the behavior of other organisms in the soil. One example of this is the production and exudation of strigolactones, signaling molecules of parasitic plants and symbiotic fungi. For a project funded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research Applied & Engineering Sciences domain (NWO-TTW) and in collaboration with the Laboratory of Nematology (Aska Goverse) in Wageningen, we will investigate the role of signaling molecules in the interaction of potato with nematodes. You will identify candidate genes through a number of approaches such as RNAseq and QTL mapping all aimed at finding out how these signaling molecules are produced in plants and perceived by the nematode. You will develop gene silencing/knockout techniques to manipulate the signaling molecule production in potato, as well as high throughput bioassays with nematodes to evaluate the silencing/ knockout effects. The most promising genes will be used for stable transformation of potato. On the other side of the relationship you will study how the plant signals are perceived by the nematode. The research should shed light on the importance of these molecules for this interaction and provide the fundamental knowledge enabling biotechnological and agronomical applications to control infestation by nematodes.

What are you going to do?

You are expected:

  • to investigate the involvement of chemical signaling in the potato-nematode interaction;
  • to elucidate the biosynthesis of these chemical signaling molecules;
  • to elucidate the importance of these signaling molecules for potato and the potato-nematode interaction;
  • to supervise bachelor and master students.


  • MSc in Biology or Plant Science;
  • experience with plant molecular biology;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • affinity with plant metabolism, protein biochemistry and nematodes;
  • fluency in English, both written and spoken.


A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, for the duration of 48 months (initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory performance evaluation it can be extended) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. You are also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduates.

Based on a full-time employment contract (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,325 in the first year to €2,972 in the last year exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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