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PhD position, Molecular plant physiology - 2019BAPFWETEF098Posted by: University of Antwerp
Posted date: 2019-Mar-13
The Department of Biology of the University of Antwerp is seeking to fill 1 full-time(100%) PhD position within in a large scale multidisciplinary project, bringing together plant ecology, plant physiology, interaction of plants with soil microorganisms, transcriptome analysis, metabolomics and bio-informatics. More specifically, the work in this PhD will be predominantly plant physiological and biochemical analyses and transcriptome analysis.
The REGIME SHIFT project
Climate change is making weather patterns in mid-latitude regions, such as Western Europe, more persistent. This leads to longer droughts, but also prolonged periods with excessive rain. No comprehensive study has hitherto investigated the ecological consequences of such changes in the precipitation regime. REGIME SHIFT explores these potential impacts of shifts in the frequency of dry/wet cycles at multiple, connected levels of biological organization. It does so in a new, large-scale platform at UAntwerp in which changes in precipitation and associated temperature changes can be experimentally induced in species-rich grassland ecosystems. The project includes a wide array of research domains, from plants to soil organisms such as bacteria and fungi, and from cellular metabolism and genetic regulation, studied by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and bio-informatics to the study of ecosystem processes. In this interdisciplinary framework, a total of four PhD students will work together. The current available position focusses on the molecular and physiological analyses of the plant responses to the altered weather patterns.
Candidates must have interest in one or more of the following research domains:
The PhD involves various topics and techniques, including;
The complementary expertise brought together in the project should yield both significantly increased understanding of key processes as well as new avenues to climate change impact mitigation. During the selection process, the needs of the project will be matched with the profiles and interests of suitable candidates.
The project is supervised by five P.I.’s:Prof. Ivan Nijs (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/ivan-nijs) Prof. Erik Verbruggen (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/erik-verbruggen) Prof. Han Asard (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/han-asard) Prof. Gerrit Beemster (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/gerrit-beemster) Prof. Kris Laukens (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/kris-laukens)
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