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Postdoc position in systems biology of oxygen sensing in pome fruit - Belgium  

KU Leuven (company)


Posted on : 15 April 2017

Project Description

  • When the oxygen availability in a plant cell decreases, its respiratory activity decreases and the cell switches to a fermentation metabolism. 
  • Man has taken advantage of this when storing fruit and vegetables by trying to suppress the metabolism by low oxygen without inducing the detrimental stresses associated with fermentation conditions.
  •  While gas transport limitations inside the fruit tissue directly affects its metabolic activity, active regulation of the metabolism may also play a role. 
  • This implies the presence of an oxygen sensor response system which indeed has been recently discovered in Arabidopsis thaliana.
  •  Based on our own transcriptomics study we have evidence for thissensor protein is also being expressed in apple fruit during postharveststorage. 
  • This creates a potential pivotal role for the oxygen sensor during thepostharvest storage of apple fruit. 
  • The aim ofyour postdoc assignment is to investigate the signalling mechanisms initiatedby the putative oxygen sensor in pome fruit in response to low oxygenconditions.

  • The lab is looking for a highly motivated postdoc researcher with a strong background implant science and molecular and biochemical techniques. 
  • You are eager to become part of a an international interdisciplinary team to perform cutting-edge research. 
  • You have a critical mind and you are willing to learn new techniques.
  • You are required to have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in Bio science Engineering, Biology or Biochemistry.

  • The lab offers you a year postdoc position.
  •  You will be given opportunities to participate at national and international meetings and you will become responsible for supervising a PhD student working alongside you. 
  • With more than 40 000 students it provides a vibrant environment for both research and living.