PhD position in Plant-Microbe Interactions

LMU is delighted to offer a PhD studentship in biology. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply for this studentship. Applications are invited up to February 28, 2015.

The department of Genetics (Prof. Dr. Martin Parniske, Dr. Arne Weiberg) at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich is offering a PhD position to investigate the role of small regulatory RNAs in plant-microbe interactions. Small RNAs direct gene silencing through a mechanism called RNA interference (RNAi). Mobile small RNAs are exchanged between organisms and trigger cross-kingdom RNA silencing during host-microbe interactions. Understanding the molecular aspects that determine cross-kingdom RNAi is the aim of this PhD project. This is of enormous interest for the improvement of RNAi-based crop protection strategies.

We are currently using the broad-host plant pathogen Botrytis cinerea as a model system. As a virulence strategy, B. cinerea produces mobile small RNAs during host plant infection that hijack the host RNAi pathway and silence important plant immunity genes. We are further interested in to explore mobile small RNAs with capacity to silence host genes produced by other pathogens or plant-interacting microbes. To reach these aims we will employ methods that include genome analyses coupled with small RNA profiling, bioinformatics to predict novel mobile small RNAs and their target genes, and genetic as well as biochemical assays.

How to apply?
Please submit your application to Dr. Arne Weiberg including a letter of motivation that briefly outlines your interest in research connected to this position, your CV, your list of publications, and further academic records until 28th of February 2015.

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