25/01/2022

PhD position in Plant Biology

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Fribourg
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesBiology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    25/03/2022 00:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Switzerland › Fribourg
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    02/05/2022

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Title: Communication in symbiosis via lipochitooligosaccharides
and their degradation products. ---

A PhD position is available in the group of Didier Reinhardt at the University of Fribourg
(Switzerland). We are looking for a motivated young researcher with an interest in symbiotic
plant-microbe interactions, and with a strong background in molecular biology. The successful
candidate will explore the function of lipochitooligosaccharides (LCO) and their degradation
products in the symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobia. We will employ
forward and reverse genetic tools to explore the function of LCO-metabolizing enzymes and
transporters in symbiosis. A key target will be the identification of LCO-derived signaling
molecules and their role in symbiotic specificity, attenuation of defense in the host, and longterm
compatibility between the symbiotic partners.

The project is related to work described in the following papers:
- VAPYRIN attenuates defence by repressing PR gene induction and localized lignin
accumulation during arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis of Petunia hybrida (2021). Chen et
al. New Phytologist 229, 3481-3496. doi: 10.1111/nph.17109
- LCO receptors involved in arbuscular mycorrhiza are functional for rhizobia perception in
legumes. (2019). Girardin et al. Current Biology, 29, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.11.038
- Role of the Nod factor hydrolase MtNFH1 in regulating Nod factor levels during rhizobial
infection and in mature nodules of Medicago truncatula (2018). Cai et al. Plant Cell 30,
397–414. doi: 10.1105/tpc.17.00420
- An N-acetylglucosamine transporter required for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses in rice
and maize (2017). Nadal et al. Nature Plants 3, 17073. doi: 10.1038/nplants.2017.73



Funding category: Contrat doctoral



PHD title: Doctorat de Biologie

PHD Country: Suisse

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

Candidates should hold a master degree and have a solid background in basic molecular
techniques, ideally including vector design and preparation, and plant transformation.
Additional knowledge in biochemistry and cell biology would be welcome. The position is
available immediately. The communication language is english.
 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Fribourg
Switzerland
Fribourg

EURAXESS offer ID: 733999
Posting organisation offer ID: 102632

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