Deadline :You can apply for this job until 26-07-2015
Job descriptionA 2-year postdoctoral position in plant defenses in tomato funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) is available at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The aim of this project is to investigate how a plant’s defense chemistry is influenced by its morphology. Tomato plants are covered with tiny leaf hairs and some of these leaf hairs contain metabolically active cells believed to be responsible for the production of defensive secondary metabolites. He we will explore to which extent tomato hair mutants display inducible defenses and resistance to herbivores. The position will be based in the molecular & chemical ecology lab of Assoc. Prof. M. Kant.
RequirementsWe are looking for a talented young scientist with a PhD in Plant-Microbe Interactions and a background in induced plant defenses and plant volatiles.
The successful candidate should have excellent quantitative skills in analytical chemistry making use of GC-MS (SPE/SPME) and LC-MS, plant transformation and gene-expression analysis and should have experience in conducting bioassays with (microbial) plant pests.
The candidate must have a compelling publication record in international journals and an interest to work both independently and in teams.
Conditions of employmentThe starting date is flexible, but should preferably be no later than August or September 2015. The full-time appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of 2 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 12 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 2 years). The full-time gross monthly salary will range from €2,476 to €3,908 gross per month (salary scale 10), based on 38 hours per week. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. The annual salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3 % end-of-year bonus.
OrganisationUniversity of Amsterdam
With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.
The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.
DepartmentInstitute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of the eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science of the UvA. IBED covers a wide range of subjects, in both fundamental and applied research. Our scientific studies aim at a better understanding of the dynamics of ecosystems at all relevant levels, from genes to climate change, using a truly multidisciplinary approach.