Two Postdoctoral Fellowships (Metabolite Scientist and Plant Biotechnologist) availble with the Plant Stress Lab
METABOLITE SCIENTIST - POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
PLANT STRESS GROUP
The Plant Stress Group, under the leadership of Prof Jill Farrant, has been in operation for 21 years and aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of the mechanism of desiccation tolerance in resurrection plants in order to ultimately apply this towards the production of drought tolerant crops. One aspect of such research is understanding of the contribution of plant metabolites in this process.
Applications are invited for the fellowship from suitable qualified individuals.
PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGIST - POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
PLANT STRESS GROUP
The Plant Stress Group, under the leadership of Prof Jill Farrant aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of desiccation tolerance in resurrection plants to ultimately apply this knowledge towards the production of drought tolerant crops. A multidisciplinary approach is utilized in which disciplines of molecular biology (for understanding of genes, proteins and metabolites associated with water loss, and their regulation) biochemistry/cell biology (for functional analysis of how protection is afforded and where it is located) and physiology/ecophysiology (to inform and contextualize responses). The research is at a stage where key genes and regulatory processes associated with tolerance of more extreme water loss have been identified and their efficacy in inducing drought tolerance in desiccation sensitive crop species must be assessed.
The work of this Fellowship will thus aim at developing a platform for transformation and testing of genes associated with extreme drought in select crops. Successful candidate genes will be permanently expressed/suppressed and relevant functional testing done. A key aspect to this work is an understanding of gene regulation and biotechnological approaches to plant transformation.
Applications are invited for the fellowship from suitably qualified individuals.
Research / Professional, administrative & support staff
None at present
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