Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

PhD in Auxin-Regulated Root Development

About the Lab

The Root Development laboratory, affiliated to Ghent University as well as the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, offers a dynamic working environment within a stimulating scientific surrounding. You will be part of an international, young, enthusiastic, motivated team using English as the main language. 

Our laboratory aims at unravelling the molecular mechanisms that govern the establishment of a complex root architecture. For this purpose we mainly focus on the activities of the plant hormone auxin, which is a key regulator of nearly all aspects of root development. Via transcriptomic approaches, reverse genetics, chemical genetics and high resolution cell biology, we have already identified several key regulators of this process, and many related projects are running in the lab. So far, we have little or no insight into non-transcriptional auxin signalling.

The embedding of our team in the VIB, a multidisciplinary research institute, enables smooth interdisciplinary collaborations beyond the boundaries of our department.

Job description

The specific project for this position deals with exploring this non-transcriptional auxin signaling in the context of root development. We currently have a preliminary dataset of auxin-regulated phosphorylation events. The project is aimed at identifying and characterizing candidates from this dataset that are relevant for auxin-regulated root development and work towards establishing the surrounding phosphorylation-based signalling cascade.


  • Candidates should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent), a strong background in biochemistry, and a keen interest and preferably experience in (plant) developmental biology
  • The student needs to be dedicated to carrying out long-term multidisciplinary research which involves biochemistry, cell biology/microscopy and developmental biology
  • Basic knowledge of biochemical protocols and procedures is a must.
  • Fluent English and good communication skills, oral and in writing, are essential.
  • Candidates must have excellent communication and multi-tasking skills, be team-oriented, proactive and results-driven.
  • Candidates are encouraged to apply for competitive fellowships during their stay in the lab.

We offer

The position is for four years and is immediately available.

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.

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