PhD Position in Life Sciences

 IRTG 1830  Kaiserslautern
PhD Position in Life Sciences
The International Research Training Group – Complex Membrane Proteins in Cellular Development and Disease (IRTG 1830) - jointly run by the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany), Saarland University (Germany) and the University of Alberta (Canada) - offers integrative approaches to biomedical research with a strong emphasis on developmental processes and diseases. The program is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Within the IRTG 1830, the following PhD Position is available in the lab of Prof. Dr. Ekkehard Neuhaus, (Plant Physiology, Dept. of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern):
Regulation of cellular sugar homeostasis in Arabidopsis. Function of tonoplast located carrier proteins and their regulation
The plant vacuole serves as dynamic storage compartment able to accumulate and release sugars. We have identified several sugar importers or exporters on the molecular and functional level. Modification of corresponding activities alter plant yield and stress tolerance. Accordingly, transport efficiency of some of these vacuolar carriers is tightly regulated by both, gene expression and post-translational modification. Within this project we will identify further vacuolar transporters, will create and analyze novel mutants showing altered intracellular sugar homeostasis, and aim to study the molecular interaction between the sugar importer TST and a specific protein kinase on a structural level. These approaches cover experimental aspects of plant genetics, molecular physiology, plant biochemistry and protein biochemistry.
The program includes a 6-months stay in a lab of our Canadian partners and offers excellent scientific and transferable skills training at all participating locations. The program language is English and there are no tuition fees. The successful candidate will receive a contract (65% TVL13), as well as support with administrative matters, accommodation, visas etc. We invite applications from highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality and we are looking forward to your application for the PhD fellowship in our group.

How to apply:
Applications for the 3-year PhD program can be submitted with immediate effect and only via our online system at .
Send application to
Dr. rer. nat. Gabriele Amoroso
(Scientific Coordinator IRTG 1830)
Faculty of Biology
University of Kaiserslautern
67663 Kaiserslautern
Phone: +49 631 205-3633
Fax: + 49 631 205-2600
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: IRTG1830/Plant Physiology

About IRTG 1830

Dysfunction of membrane proteins and of protein compartmentalization can seriously compromise normal functioning of cells and organs, and has been implicated in detrimental diseases. Moreover, altered activity of many membrane proteins causes dramatic effects on developmental and cellular adaptation processes in animal and plant cells. The IRTG 1830 aims to investigate selected membrane...

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