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PhD candidate VICI project 'Climate-proof plant reproduction'

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student, who will work in a small team on the NWO-VICI project 'Climate-proof plant reproduction'. The aim of this …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student, who will work in a small team on the NWO-VICI project 'Climate-proof plant reproduction'. The aim of this project is to address the challenging question as to how ambient temperature fluctuations are perceived by different plant species and how this information is memorized and used to optimize reproduction strategy. The focus for this specific PhD candidate will be on the role of alternative gene-splicing (AS) in ambient-temperature-dependent flowering time control in the plant model species Arabidopsis thaliana. In mammals a dynamic interplay between AS and histone modifications has been found and recent work of our research group revealed a pivotal role of Histone 3 Lysine 36 tri-methylation (H3K36me3) in ambient temperature-mediated AS and flowering time control. These intriguing findings will be further exploited by the PhD candidate, who will elucidate the exact molecular effects of H3K36me3-deposition and its interplay with other chromatin marks and biochemical processes. The Approaches that will be taken, include chromatin immuno-precipitation, transcriptomics, and transient and stable gene inactivation using e.g. genome-editing technology.


We are looking for a highly motivated and creative PhD candidate with an M. Sc. degree in plant molecular biology, who has affinity for plant development and plant physiology. The candidate should have strong interest in developing and implementing new technologies and a good background in bioinformatics. Furthermore, fluency in written and spoken English is essential and you should be a team player, able to communicate your research outcomes with academic researchers, employees of industry and laymen.


We offer a full-time position (38 hours), initially for one year after which a go/no go decision will be taken on an extension for an additional three years. Gross salary per month € 2.222 in the first year rising to € 2.840,- per month in the fourth year for a fulltime appointment. The candidate will be based at the Laboratory for Molecular Biology.

Additional information

For more information about this position please contact Richard Immink (Richard.Immink@wur.nl; tel 06-13168407).

You can apply up and until July 15th, 2018
You can only apply on line: www.wageningenur.nl/career