We are looking to hire two post doctoral researchers with good expertise in molecular biology, bioinformatics (analysis of RNA seq data), genetics who are interested in how plants responded to changes in environmental conditions; particularly the response to the essential macronutrient magnesium. We offer two positions; the first investigates the response of the circadian system to Mg, and the second the response of the transcriptome to Mg.
Backgrounds in circadian rhythms, signaling (calcium, hormone), ion homeostasis are an asset but not required. Education to PhD standard in a relevant discipline is essential.

The researcher applicant for both positions must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (job, studies…) in Belgium for more than 24 months during the last 3 years.

Position 1: Oct 2018-Sept 2020 (1 year in Cambridge + 1 year in Brussels). Funding: Wiener-Anspach project.

The post doctoral research will dissect the signalling pathways that allow the circadian clock to respond to changes in Mg nutrition. We already have evidence that complex interactions occur between light, sugars and Mg. The effects of Mg and sucrose on the circadian clock will be studied using promoter luciferase reporters in wild type and mutant plants and time lapse imaging of the position of the leaves. Experiments using inhibitors of cellular processes will be used to test mathematical predictions concerning the machinery by which Mg regulates the circadian oscillator. The successful applicant will spend the first year working in the laboratory of Professor Alex Webb in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge and the remainder in the laboratory of Professor Nathalie Verbruggen at ULB.

Applicants should send their CV, letter of application and two letters of recommendation to
nverbru@ulb.ac.be. Deadline September 15 2018.

Position 2: Jan 2019-May 2020 in Brussels. Funding: FNRS (national scientific research foundation). The post doc will analyze transcriptomic (RNA seq) data in Arabidopsis plants treated with Mg deficiency in different light regimes.

Applicants should send their CV, letter of application, 2 letters of recommendation to
nverbru@ulb.ac.be. Deadline September 15 2018