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Postdoc position in systems biology of oxygen sensing in pome fruit - Belgium
KU Leuven (company)
Posted on : 15 April 2017
- 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.