We are searching for a postdoctoral researcher to integrate the group “Molecular Biology of Nitrogen Assimilation” of IBMC. The research will focus on the biochemical and genetic regulation of the metabolic processes that are required for nitrogen assimilation in the model legume Medicago truncatula. The group is attempting to dissect the mechanics controlling nitrogen assimilation through reverse genetics and whole genome approaches. The primary goal is to determine which factors, genetic and/or biochemical, limit nitrogen assimilation by the plant and thus plant growth and development. After these limitations are defined, the appropriate generic alterations will be attempted to enhance plant productivity.
The project will use plants in which the activity of key metabolic enzymes has been modified either by reverse genetics or by the use of specific inhibitors to identify novel regulatory and signal transduction genes. The research involves the use of functional genomics approches together with traditional tools of genetics, biochemistry, and physiology to dissect the molecular mechanisms regulating gene expression and enzyme activities in response to alterations in nitrogen metabolism.
This work is currently in progress, therefore, a qualified candidate would have the opportunity to immediately begin to analyze transcriptomic profiles, identify important genes and dissect their involvement in the control of nitrogen metabolism. This could prove to be a fruitful position for an ambitious candidate since there could be many research opportunities to work on new projects within the lab.
The successful applicant should be a highly motivated individual with a PhD in plant science or a related field and a strong background in biochemistry and molecular biology preferably with three years of research experience since the completion of their PhD. Experience in plant transformation and in functional genomics tools and bioinformatics are welcome. The applicant will be expected to demonstrate creativity in framing and answering new questions enabled by the data, and will have opportunity for professional growth and leadership.
The appointment will be as a full research position with no teaching obligations. The initial appointment is for two years and the term will be extended for up to five years contingent upon progress. The salary corresponds to a gross annual income of 43000 Eur (before taxes).
The closing date for applications is 30th September, 2008. Candidates should submit a letter of motivation that includes scientific interests, Curriculum Vitae and three digitalized versions of letters of reference, to IBMC – Ciência 2008, Rua do Campo Alegre, 823, 4150-180 Porto, Portugal or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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