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PhD student (Early Stage Researcher) Ghent Belgium,  

Posted on : 23 May 2017

Project Description

For the Innovative Training Network (ITN) project MICROMETABOLITE - Research Training Network on the Microbial Enhancement of Bioactive Secondary Metabolite Production in Plants (H2020-MSCA-ITN-201  grant agreement number: 721635) we are looking for an early stage researcher in the field of microbiology, agronomy and biochemistry. The researcher fellow will be hosted at the Laboratory of Microbiology, Fac. of Sciences, for a period of 36 months. Microbiomes associated with medicinal plants (e.g. members of the Boraginaceae family) may play an important role in modulating bioactive secondary metabolites. In MICROMETABOLITE the interaction between microbiomes, metabolomes and environment and the underlying microbial functions and mechanisms will be investigated. Suitable plant production systems integrating microorganisms will be developed to improve the production of desirable bioactive compounds. The topic of this particular PhD study is: Isolation and functional characterization of root endophytic bacteria from Boraginaceae that promote growth and affect plant secondary metabolism Objectives to isolate and characterize endophyte and rhizosphere bacteria associated with Boraginaceae plants with high alkannin/shikonin (A/S) production to characterize selected strains from plants with high A/S content for plant growth promotion & colonization to evaluate the effect of bacterial strains on plant secondary metabolite production Secondments The research fellow will have to follow a number of secondment(s): at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, to be trained in A/S quantification and determination of the enantiomeric ratio (3 months) at the Hellenic Agricultural Organization, Greece to receive training on the management and conservation of plant genetic resources (1 month) at Skylab-Med, Greece, to be trained in instrumental chemical and microbiological analyses (2 month) at the Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria, to perform plant colonization assays of selected microorganisms (3 months) Profile of the candidate 1) Specific Requirements Requirement 1 (early-stage researchers): Applicants must, at the date of recruitment by MICROMETABOLITE, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Requirement 2 (mobility rule): Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. This excludes short stays such as holidays or compulsory national service.


9000 Ghent Belgium

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