Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology
Postdoc Position - Molecular Identification of Plant Immunity Genes Involved in Non-Host Resistance of Triticale to the Wheat Powdery Mildew Pathogen
The Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology (IPMB) provides an excellent in-house infrastructure as well as access to the central genomics facilities.
IPMB focuses on research and teaching of genetic, molecular, biochemical, developmental, evolutionary, and cellular aspects of plants and their interactions with other organisms, as well as on limnology, aquatic ecology, microbial evolution and ecology, and microbiology.
The successful applicant will use genetic, molecular and bioinformatic approaches to identify the host genes involved in host determination of the mildew pathogen that has recently adapted to the Triticale host.
The work builds on earlier findings of hybridization as the cause of adaptation of mildew to triticale (nature.com, nph.
onlinelibrary.wiley.com) and the genetic analysis of host determinants in the mildew pathogen (Müller et al., unpublished).
Based on the pathogen analysis, corresponding genes involved in non-host resistance will be identified using mutagenesis and mutant chromosome sequencing (springer.
com). Functional analysis will include studies in wheat and Triticale as well as in the heterologous N. benthamiana system.
For recent publications in the group also see : scholar.google.com (Beat Keller).
What we offer
We offer an international, English-speaking work environment. Zurich is located centrally in Europe and offers easy access to outdoor activities particularly in the Swiss alps.
The successful candidate will be involved in some teaching activities (1 week / year).