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Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant-microbe Interactions

Are you a skilled plant geneticist, and intrigued by the what makes plants susceptible to a particular pathogen? We are now seeking a postdoctoral researcher …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 38 uur
€ 2790 - € 4402 per maand


Are you a skilled plant geneticist, and intrigued by the what makes plants susceptible to a particular pathogen? We are now seeking a postdoctoral researcher for an ambitious project on the important plant pathogen Xanthomonas campestris. At the University of Amsterdam (UvA), we study how this bacterium invades the plant vasculature via hydathodes. You will study EMS mutants in Arabidopsis that confer natural resistance to this bacterium. In this interdisciplinary project, we aim to unveil the underpinning process that results in reduced disease susceptibility. This genetics project will be executed in close collaboration with a PhD candidate and industry. You will be embedded in a team that aims to provide breeding solutions for devastating plant diseases by studying the underpinning virulence mechanisms at a the molecular level using state-of-the-art technologies.

What are you going to do?

You are expected:

  • to execute and organize a genetic screen where we apply digital phenotyping to identify interesting mutants;
  • to map causal mutations in backcrosses of Arabidopsis using next generation sequencing;
  • to generate transgenic plant material to establish the consequence of mutations identified;
  • to apply and implement advanced molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology to study the bacterial invasion in detail;
  • to report and present your work progress on a regular basis to our industrial partners;
  • to actively participate in scientific discussions in our research field and our university;
  • to contribute as a (pro-)active team player to the organization of our laboratory.

Our selection will be based on your scientific track record, your vision on this research project, but most importantly your ambition, skills, and drive to foster your own (scientific) career.


What do we require of you?

  • A recent PhD degree in the field of plant-microbe interactions with one or more publications as first author in a peer-reviewed scientific journal (IF >4);
  • Preferentially, skilled in plant genetics (crossing, mapping populations, EMS) and big data analysis including Bioinformatics scripting in Phyton, R studio or related;
  • Hands-on experience in and affinity with molecular biology (Gibson assembly, Goldengate, Gateway cloning strategies, CRISPR-Cas strategies, synthetic biology, plant transformations);
  • An enthusiasm and willingness to become multidisciplinary with a keen eye on functional plant gene studies (including protein work);
  • An ambitious person that is a team player with an open character;
  • An appreciation to contribute to valorization efforts and to foster collaborations with academic and industry partners;
  • An understanding and acceptance of the sensitivity of confidentiality in public-private collaborations;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken, with proven in experience in writing scientific papers / grants.


Our offer

A temporary contract for 30.5 - 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 October 2021 for the duration of 12 months. An extension for one year subsequently follows if we assess your performance positive.

The salary, depending on relevant work experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,402 gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

Additional information

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