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  • PhD Research Positions in Plant Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry or Bioinformatics

    Prof. Nicola Illing and Assoc. Prof. Robert Ingle welcome applications from Masters graduates for PhD research positions to compare the biochemical, physiological and genetic mechanisms of desiccation tolerance in germinating seedlings from Xerophyta resurrection plants and barley. Funding has been secured from the European Commission (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 ) ( to cover research expenses, as well as a living expenses for a year-long exchange at the University of Potsdam, Germany or Ben-Gurion University of the Nedev, in Israel.

    Specific projects include:
    i) a comparative metabolomic and lipid analysis of desiccating Xerophyta elegans and Xerophyta schlectheri seedlings
    ii) a comparative RNA-seq, metabolomic and lipid analysis of Xerophyta and wild barley seedlings
    iii) modelling of gene regulatory networks during desiccation in Xerophyta species.

    Successful candidates should have a Masters degree in a relevant field, and be willing to apply for UCT and NRF scholarships to secure additional funding to cover their living expenses in Cape Town and their University fees.

    Contact Nicola Illing ( if you require further information.

    Applications: Please submit your CV, including the names of 3 referees and your complete academic transcripts to

    Closing date for applications: June 5, 2020.

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(page updated 11 February 2020)

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