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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 sensorresponse system which indeed has been recently discovered in Arabidopsisthaliana. 
  • Based on our own transcriptomics study we have evidence for this sensor 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 initiated by 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 in plant 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.