Institut of Plant and Microbial Biology
Postdoc Position - Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Novel Types of Race-Specific Resistance Genes from Wheat
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 biochemical, molecular, cellular biological and genetic approaches to characterize novel types of race-specific disease resistance proteins in wheat.
We have recently identified two new types of proteins acting in a race-specific resistance way against leaf rust and powdery mildew, respectively : A membrane-bound ankyrin-repeat protein encoded by the Lr14a gene (see Nature Communications) and a chimeric kinase-MCTP protein encoded by Pm4 (see Nature Plants).
The applicant will play a key role in the further biochemical and molecular characterization of these novel type of resistance proteins to gain a mechanistic functional understanding.
The envisaged project involves the identification of interaction partners from the host and the pathogen, as well as protein functional studies in homologous and heterologous systems.
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 position is available for 2-3 years. The successful candidate will be involved in some teaching activities (1 week / year).