Institute of Biology, Leiden
The Faculty of Science / the Institute for Biology is looking for a
PhD candidate in Molecular Plant Immunity
Vacancy number 21-440
Plant diseases occur everywhere and are one of the major threats to our agriculture. Understanding how disease resistance works is one of the long-term missions in the newly established group led by Dr. Ding, and also the key to protecting plant health.
The PhD project will focus on investigating gene regulatory mechanisms involved in immunity activated by intracellular nucleotide-binding leucine-rich-repeat (NB-LRR) receptors (NLRs). This research will continue on the recent discovery that NLR-activated transcription in-part potentiates the cell-surface receptor-mediated immunity (Ngou et al. Nature 2021; Ding et al. JXB 2021).
Your key responsibilities will include:
- Plan and conduct research activities;
- Write manuscripts for publication and thesis;
- Present research at meetings, etc.;
- Co-supervise undergraduate and graduate students;
- Follow university guidelines, scientific ethics and integrity.
We seek for a PhD candidate with:
- A master’s degree in biology or a related area;
- A strong curiosity in biology with an interest in plant sciences;
- A clear motivation in taking a PhD career and understanding of the commitment;
- A strong enthusiasm and a humble attitude in learning new knowledge and technics;
- Good resilience from potential stresses during conducting research activities;
- Profound theoretical knowledge in and experience with molecular biology;
- Basic knowledge of chemistry, physics, mathematics and statistics;
- Affinity with using computers and proficient skills with commonly used software;
- Good organization habits and time management skills;
- Good communication and proficient English skills (both written and spoken);
- Capability and flexibility to work independently as well as a team player.
Other optional qualities if the candidate has experience in:
- Bioinformatics (e.g. coding with R, Python)
- Next-generation sequencing (e.g. Illumina sequencing)
- Protein biochemistry (e.g. protein purification)
- Cell biology (e.g. confocal microscope)
- Tissue culture
- Research in plant-pathogen interactions
To apply for this job please visit www.universiteitleiden.nl.