Netherlands: PhD position Plant genetics, molecular biology

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The main task of the PhD student will be to
study marker-trait associations, i.e. to generate molecular marker
linkage maps, to identify major QTL for resistance through in depth
statistical analysis of molecular marker and resistance data, and to
survey the impact and robustness of these QTL across genetic
backgrounds making use of and further establishing innovative software
of Wageningen-UR. An additional main task is to generate the molecular
marker infrastructure needed for the directed genotyping of any
strawberry genotype, which includes compiling a core set of SSR-markers
that cover the strawberry genome, the design of robust multiplexes, and
protocols for the interpretation of PCR amplicon quantities into allele
dosages. Once linked markers to QTLs have been identified, such markers
will be converted to robust, easy to use SNP markers which will be used
in the breeding process.
The candidate will work in a team of various nationalities and
will regularly supervise students and guest workers and will present
results of the project at international symposia. The candidate should
preferably start no later then December 1st.


University Graduate
M.Sc. or equivalent in
plant sciences or plant breeding with knowledge of and experience with
molecular marker techniques and quantitative analysis of data, affinity
with data management. Proficiency in English is required (a TOEFL test
will be part of the selection procedure).

Additional information about the job:
project aims to set up and use Marker Assisted Breeding for resistance
to the soil borne pathogen Phytophthora cactorum in the cultivated
strawberry. The project will make use of innovative QTL mapping
approaches that were recently developed at Wageningen-UR, allowing
integrated analysis of multiple segregating populations, cultivars and
breeding lines that are linked by their pedigree. The cultivated
strawberry has a complex genome structure, (octoploid and
amphidiploid), due to which quantitative data analysis is expected to
be critical. This PhD project takes place in the frame work of the
Technological Top Institute Green Genetics (TTI-GG), a public-private
consortium and an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality and the Dutch plant breeding and cultivation


Wageningen University and Research centre

Wageningen UR Plant Breeding. Wageningen UR
Plant Breeding is the integrated research group of the PRI business
unit Biodiversity and Breeding and the Laboratory of Plant Breeding of
Wageningen University.

Conditions of employment

Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years with a trial period of 18 months


Additional conditions of employment:
Estimate maximum salary per month € 2000,- in the first year rising to
€ 2558,- Duration of the contract: a period of four years with “a trial
period” of 18 months.

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Prof.dr. R.G.F. Visser
Telephone number: +31 317 482836
E-mail address:

Dr. W.E. van de Weg
Telephone number: +31 317 481056
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 01-10-2008 by sending your application to:

Wageningen UR, Plant Breeding
Department Personnel & Organisation
H. Casteels
P.O. Box 16
6700 AA Wageningen
The Netherlands
E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT: DPW 08-39.
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