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[Maize] PhD student position available in Switzerland

Uta Paszkowski via maize%40net.bio.net (by Uta.Paszkowski from unil.ch)
Fri Feb 1 11:33:36 EST 2008


Below please find an advert for an open PhD student position in my lab. I am
looking for a motivated, technically skilled and socially competent student
to join the lab on a maize-symbiosis diversity project.

Please contact me electronically or see my at the maize meeting in



PhD thesis




The mutually beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis occurs between
the majority of 

terrestrial plants and Glomeromycotan fungi. AM fungi enhance the phosphate
and nitrogen 

nutrition of their hosts and receive carbohydrates in return. Plants vary in
their responsiveness 

to AM colonization. In a novel genetic screen we intend to address traits
related to functionality 

of the symbiosis by examining a collection of genetically diverse maize
lines for their 

responsiveness to mycorrhizal colonization (1, 2) . We will concentrate on
genotypes displaying 

high responsiveness to the AM symbiosis in the absence of dependence (3).
Discovery of the 

molecular mechanisms determining mycorrhizal responsiveness is the aim of
the project. The 

work will include QTL and association mapping combined with molecular
investigation of allele

diversity of selected genes. 


The position is available immediately. 


Our laboratory is located in the Department of Plant Molecular Biology at
the University of 

Lausanne, which provides an international and exciting scientific
environment. A background in 

molecular biology, genetics and statistics is desirable. Knowledge in plant
biology is of 


Lab language: ENGLISH,  University language: FRENCH

Cited references

1. Flint-Garcia, S.A., Thuillet, A.C., Yu, J., Pressoir, G., Romero, S.M.,
Mitchell, S.E., Doebley, J., Kresovich, S., Goodman, M.M., and Buckler, E.S.
(2005). Maize association population: a high-resolution platform for
quantitative trait locus dissection. 

2. Buckler, E.S., Gaut, B.S., and McMullen, M.D. (2006). Molecular and
functional diversity of maize. Curr Opin Plant Biol 9, 172-176 Plant J. 44,

3. Sawers R, Gutjahr C, Paszkowski U (2008) Cereal mycorrhiza: an ancient
symbiosis in modern agriculture? Trends Plant Sci in press


Applications should be sent by email to:

Uta Paszkowski 

University of Lausanne, 

Department of Plant Molecular Biology

CH-1015 Lausanne


uta.paszkowski from unil.ch



Uta Paszkowski
Université de Lausanne

Department de Biologie Moléculaire végétale 

Biophore, 4403

CH-1015 Lausanne



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