Netherlands: PhD-researcher Molecular Genetics

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Using a combination of molecular genetics and
proteomics you will investigate connections between developmental
programs and environmental signals. You will focus on the
post-translational modification status of proteins involved in
developmental programs and signal transduction in response to
environmental stimuli. You will complete your research and write a PhD
thesis within 4 years.


University Graduate
We are looking for a
highly motivated candidate with a master’s degree (or equivalent) in
Biology or Biochemistry. Experience and affinity for molecular biology
and genetics is highly valued.


Utrecht University
Faculty of Science

The new Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology,
Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics
and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 3500
students and nearly 2000 staff and is internationally renowned for the
quality of its research. The Faculty’s academic programmes reflect
developments in today’s society.

The Molecular Genetics group is part of the Biology department and
investigates stem cells and developmental processes such as cell
division, identity, polarity and differentiation using the model plant
Arabidopsis thaliana.

Project description: Environmental control and regulation of development in Arabidopsis.

Plants modulate their development to fit the different
environmental conditions they encounter. However the mechanism behind
the modulation of these developmental programs in response to the
environmental cues remains largely unexplored. At Molecular Genetics we
are currently investigating the molecular interactions between the
intrinsic developmental pathways and environmental signalling. Within
this project, we currently have a position available for a

The PhD-researcher will be part of an ongoing research program and
use the comprehensive knowledge on the root developmental program in
our model system Arabidopsis to investigate how factors involved in
stress signal transduction interact and modulate factors involved in
developmental programs.

PhD-researcher Molecular Genetics

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2500 – 3000
Salaryscale 10.
Maximum salary amount in Euro’s a month 2558
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:
candidate is offered a full-time position for 4 years in which you will
complete your PhD thesis. The salary is supplemented with a holiday
bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 6,4% per year. In addition we
offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible
employment conditions in which you may trade salary for vacation days
or vice versa. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment
Agreement of the Dutch Universities. The research group will provide
the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project.

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr Frank Menke
E-mail address:
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 15-09-2008 by sending your application to:

Personnel & Organization Science
Postbus 80010
3508 TA Utrecht

E-mail address:

Please send your application (including a
letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and contact details of at least
two references) to Personnel & Organization Science, e-mail: Please mention vacancy number 66809.

For recent publications of the group see: As part of the
selection procedure, the candidate is expected to give an outline of
his/her research experience in a written report and an oral

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 66809.


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