PostDoc Position - Improving source-sink transport for improved crop yield

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We are looking for a postdoc to study nitrogen flow from source-to-sink tissues in tomato plants. This is a collaborative (ERA-CAPS) project involving groups of the University of Oxford (UK) and the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology (Potsdam-Golm, Germany).

In this collaborative project, both source and sink tissues of tomato plants will be engineered and transgenic lines will be screened for fruit yield. Furthermore, our sub-project will undertake research to identify transporters involved in fruit nitrogen allocation and fruit quality. This research will provide additional targets, and the best performing transgenic line will be super-transformed with these targets to assess the scope for further yield and quality increases.

The postdoc will work in close collaboration with other project partners and the project offers unique opportunities to perform experiments in the labs of the partner groups. This work involves identification and functional characterization of further candidate genes (e.g. amino acid transporters) as well as the generation and analysis of transgenic tomato lines.

We seek a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in plant physiology, plant breeding, plant genetics, biochemistry or related fields, with a strong background in molecular biology. Proven skills in spoken and written scientific English are required.

Form of employment:
Temporary employment 2 years with the possibility for a 1 year extension (100 %).

Starting date: July 1, or at earliest convenience.


How to apply:
Please submit your application as single pdf file to, including CV, list of publications, description of previous research and current research interests, as well as the contact details of three referees.

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How to apply:
Send application to
Prof. Dr. D. Rentsch

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Switzerland (Bern)
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3013 Bern
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Biology & Life Sciences

About Universität Bern, Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften

The Institute of Plant Sciences carries out research in Plant Development, Moleccular Plant Physiology, Plant Nutrition, Plant Ecology, Vegetation Ecology and Palaeoecology. It ccontributes to the teaching programs in BSc Biology and to several MSc courses.

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