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Postdoctoral Position, Development of Leaf Shape

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The Institute of Plant Sciences is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist with a strong interest in applying a systems biology approach to plant development. You will join a small and active research group where individually and collaboratively generated research questions will be developped and addressed. The lab language is English.

This SystemsX.ch project aims to understand the genetic, biochemical and mechanical mechanisms that elaborate leaf morphogenesis, from a small protrusion at the flank of the apical meristem to the flattened shape of the maturing organ. The successful candidate will use a combination of high resolution confocal microscopy, quantitative imaging, molecular genetics and biomechanics approaches to obtain a mechanistic insight into leaf morphogenesis. See Barbier de Reuille, eLife 4:e05864, 2015; Kierzkowski, Dev Cell 26, 616,2013;Science 335, 1096, 2012;Nakayama, Curr Biol.22, 1468,2012;http://www.systemsx.ch/projects/research-technology-and-development-projects/plantgrowth2/

Requirements are a PhD in plant systems biology or a related field, and a strong interest in plant development.

Our Institute offers a creative and stimulating international scientific enviroment and high end facilities. The city of Bern is located at the foothills of the Alps, and is known for its attractive recreational and cultural opportunities.

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How to apply:
Deadline for application is Nov. 30, 2015
The position will be available from Jan. 1, 2016 and will be for 1 + maximally 2 years. Your application should be a single pdf file with curriculum vitae, copies of diplomas and transcripts, motivation letter and contact details of three references.
Send application to
Prof. Cris Kuhlemeier
Institute of Plant Sciences
Altenbergrain 21
CH-3013 Bern

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Switzerland (Bern)
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3013 Bern, CH
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Biology & Life Sciences