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Postdoc position – Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, UK

Posted by , on 20 August 2014

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

A 3-year postdoctoral position is available in the Sablowski lab at the Cell and Developmental Biology Dept., John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. The successful candidate will work on a project that combines genome-wide association mapping and quantitative image analysis to reveal novel genes that control stem architecture in Arabidopsis.

Plant architecture depends in large part on the on the size and shape of the stem, which vary widely in nature and in crops. The genetic and developmental basis for this variation, however, is mostly unknown. Knowledge about stem ontogenesis and novel genetic variation that modifies stem development is not only of fundamental interest in plant development and evolution, but also has great strategic potential for crop improvement.

An effective approach to reveal the genetic basis of natural variation is genome-wide association studies (GWAS), and in recent years Arabidopsis has emerged as a powerful model for GWAS. Also in the last years, novel imaging and quantitative, 3D image analysis methods have created unprecedented opportunities to study the cellular basis of plant growth. In this project, we combine both approaches to reveal the genetic basis for natural variation in stem development and the mechanism of action of the underlying genes.

A PhD in cell biology, development or molecular biology is required. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of scientific productivity and will combine rigorous and creative thought with attention to detail and ability to integrate their own project and results with knowledge from the relevant literature. Good knowledge of statistics, experience with Arabidopsis genetics, confocal microscopy, image analysis and knowledge of programming languages (R, Python) will be advantageous.

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