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Postdoctoral researcher Biochemistry/Plant molecular biology

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is seeking a Postdoctoral researcher for the EU-funded project pre-HLB with several …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2709 - € 3514 per maand


The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is seeking a Postdoctoral researcher for the EU-funded project pre-HLB with several European partners. This work will be done in close collaboration with a technician. The EU citriculture is threatened by the emerging Greening disease Huanglongbing (HLB), considered the most devastating citrus disease due to its rapid dispersal, severity and fast progression of symptoms, huge losses in fruit production and quality, cost and difficulty of preventing new infections.

You will be involved in identifying effectors of the bacteria and the insects using transcriptomics and proteomics and in identifying metabolites relevant to the interaction using mass spectrometry. The bacteria (CLas) causing HLB are vectored by psyllids. Sap feeders such as psyllids secrete saliva into leaf tissue. These salivary secretions contain so-called "effectors" that manipulate important steps in the plant's molecular defense network. Plants respond by making toxic metabolites and by producing volatiles to attract natural enemies of the psyllid. This project is aimed at: a) identifying effectors from psyllids and Clas in order to facilitate breeding for more resistant citrus plants; b) to identify volatile and non-volatile metabolites relevant for the defense response to the psyllids or the bacteria and to map the corresponding genes.


You should have a PhD in plant molecular biology, biochemistry or molecular phytopathology and preferentially have experience with proteomics and metabolomics. You should have excellent communication skills, be willing to supervise students and be keen to work in collaboration with our EU partners and to travel to Brazil for several experiments.


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for the period of 1 year. After satisfactory performance evaluation it will be extended with 2 more years to a total duration of 3 years. The monthly gross salary will be maximal €3,514 (scale 10-6) in the first year, based on a full-time appointment and depending on relevant work experience. We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Favourable tax agreements may apply to applicants from abroad.

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