VIB-UGent: Postdoctoral researcher

The VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology (take a tour) is a world-leading plant science institution on Techlane Campus in Ghent, Belgium.

In the frame of our ERC CoG EXECUT.ER, the Programmed Cell Death lab is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the control of programmed cell death (PCD) in plant development at the protein level, using the Arabidopsis seedlings and plant cell cultures as model systems.

Although PCD processes are crucial for plant growth and reproduction, the molecular pathways controlling initiation and execution of plant PCD are largely unknown. Over the last years, we have developed model systems, datasets, and extensive toolkits that allow us to dissect the molecular regulation of plant PCD (see e.g. PMID: 24726156, 25457111, 26658336, 26438786, 26068468, 27298090, 30773319, 31562216, 33305496). We employ latest technologies including cell-type specific mutagenesis, single-cell transcriptomics, activity-based protein profiling, spatial proteomics, phosphoproteomics, and live-cell imaging to formulate and test hypotheses on PCD as a fundamental principle of plant development.

We are looking for a talented and motivated candidate to join our team, preferably with a strong background in (plant) biochemistry and a keen interest in advancing knowledge on PCD as a frontier in plant science. The position is available from November 2021 onwards; applications will be accepted until the vacancy has been filled. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, flexibility in the starting date will be a given. For further information about our projects and employment details please contact Moritz Nowack (

The VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology is part of the VIB and Ghent University which are both equal opportunity employers.

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