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PhD position in Molecular Plant Physiology: Phytochrome cytoplasmic signalling in Physcomitrella and Arabidopsis

A PhD position (E13 50%) is available initially for two years with the likelihood of extension for a further year for research into phytochrome signalling. Phytochromes are photoreceptor molecules with two stable ground states interconverted by red and far-red light. In plants they mediate light-dependent development, the largest environmental effect on morphogenesis known in nature. We have identified a phytochrome interaction likely to be at the heart of a cytoplasmic signalling system whose existence had long been suspected but whose nature was unknown [see Jaedicke et al. (2012) PNAS; Hughes (2013) Ann. Rev. Pl. Biol.]. We use fluorescence-based cell biological techniques, molecular genetics including genome editing as well as biochemical and biophysical methods for investigating this system. For further details see:

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Professor Jon Hughes, Plant Physiology, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany
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About Justus Liebig University

The Institute for Plant Physiology at Giessen is well equipped for light physiology, molecular genetics, cell biology and biochemisty. Our research focuses on the phytochrome photoreceptor system, is supported by external grants and continues to generate numerous publications at the highest international level.

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