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Ph.D. Vacancy in Molecular Plant Immunity at Leiden University, Netherlands 2022

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Ph.D. Vacancy in Molecular Plant Immunity is available for master’s degree candidates in Biology at the Faculty of Science, Institute for Biology, Leiden University, Netherlands 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 year
Salary: € 2.443 to € 3.122 gross per month

Faculty of Science, Institute for Biology

Leiden University, LEI, the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We seek for a PhD candidate with:

  • A master’s degree in biology or a related area;
  • A strong curiosity in biology with an interest in plant sciences;
  • Profound theoretical knowledge in and experience with molecular biology;
  • Basic knowledge of chemistry, physics, mathematics and statistics;
  • Affinity with using computers and proficient skills with commonly used software;
  • Good organization habits and time management skills;
  • Good communication and proficient English skills (both written and spoken);
  • Capability and flexibility to work independently as well as a team player.

Other optional qualities if the candidate has experience in:

  • Bioinformatics (e.g. coding with R, Python)
  • Next-generation sequencing (e.g. Illumina sequencing)
  • Protein biochemistry (e.g. protein purification)
  • Cell biology (e.g. confocal microscope)
  • Tissue culture
  • Research in plant-pathogen interactions

Responsibilities/Job Description

Plant diseases occur everywhere and are one of the major threats to our agriculture. Understanding how disease resistance works is one of the long-term missions in the newly established group led by Dr. Ding (https://www.thedinglab.com), and also the key to protecting plant health.

The PhD project is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant titled R-ELEVATION, which will focus on investigating gene regulatory mechanisms involved in immunity activated by intracellular nucleotide-binding leucine-rich-repeat (NB-LRR) receptors (NLRs). This research will continue on the recent discovery that NLR-activated transcription in-part potentiates the cell-surface receptor-mediated immunity (Ngou et al. Nature, 2021).

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Plan and conduct research activities;
  • Write manuscripts for publication and thesis;
  • Present research at meetings, etc.;
  • Co-supervise graduate students;
  • Follow university guidelines, scientific ethics and integrity.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Send Email
Ref. No.: 22-227

Application Procedure

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to [email protected] Please ensure that you attach the following additional documents (combined in a single PDF file) quoting the vacancy number in the Subject of your email:

  • A cover letter; stating your motivation for applying to this studentship; addressing how your previous experiences may enable you to fit in this program and be successful
  • Curriculum vitae; a description of your academic profile and a showcase of your qualities and skills
  • A copy of higher education diploma;
  • Two letters of reference from a university teacher or previous/current supervisors providing information about your academic qualifications.

Only applications received before 9th May will be considered. The starting date of the PhD program is relatively flexible (within the year of 2022).

About the Department/Section/Group

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2300 staff and almost 5000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science and https://workingat.leiden.edu/

The Institute for Biology The research within the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) aims to work on the science base of biodiversity and health, which is reflected in our leading principle Harnessing Biodiversity for Health. We perform innovative curiosity-driven research to answer fundamental questions, and solutions-driven research to help solving major societal challenges. The latter include protecting nature’s biodiversity, creating sustainable biotechnology and agriculture and increasing good health. Our research focuses on four Research Themes: Bioactive Molecules, Host-Microbe Interactions, Development & Disease and Evolution & Biodiversity. Located in a thriving scientific environment with our Faculty of Sciences, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, the Leiden University Medical Centre and the Leiden Bioscience Park, IBL offers an exciting, internationally oriented, and inclusive place to work and study.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

We offer a full-time 1-year term position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary ranges from € 2.443 to € 3.122 gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science https://www.graduateschools.leidenuniv.nl. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the procedure or any enquiries, please contact Sylvia Maas ([email protected]). More information about research conducted at the Ding Lab can be found at: https://www.thedinglab.com.

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