Plant roots house one of the most diverse, yet vastly neglected, microbial communities on Earth. The aim of the Gravitation program, MICROP, is to harness the genomic potential of root microbes as a new platform for improved stress resilience of future crops and sustainable food production. Working with groups at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Free University (VU), Utrecht University (UU), Wageningen University (WU) and The Netherlands Institute for Ecological Research (NIOO), you will: (1) Unlock how wild and cultivated plant species, across the plant kingdom, recruit their microbial partners to cope with environmental stress, maximize nutrient uptake, and protect them against pathogens and insects (2) Harness microbiome functions to optimise future crop resilience and performance in a changing climate. In collaboration with partners around the world, knowledge that will form the basis for a new era of microbiome-assisted agriculture.
The research programme of MICROP will be carried out in the labs of Profs
Harro Bouwmeester (UVA), Marcel Dicke (WUR), Toby Kiers (VU), Corné Pieterse (UU), Jos Raaijmakers (NIOO) and Christa Testerink (WUR).
We are looking for candidates for 6 PhDs and a Postdoc position in MICROP:
- PhD (UvA) Mechanisms underlying plant-root microbiome recruitment under stress: link to vacancy
- PhD (WUR) Microbiome-plant-insect interactions: link to vacancy
- Postdoc (WUR) Microbe-insect-plant interactions: link to vacancy
- PhD (VU) The global domestication of the root microbiome – mapping traits and selection pressures: link to vacancy
- PhD (UU) Plant-microbiome interactions: link to vacancy
- PhD (WUR) Microbe-drought/insect-plant interactions: link to vacancy
- PhD (WUR) Molecular Plant Physiology: link to vacancy
If you want to apply for one of these positions, do not use the Apply button below but visit the job advertisement website of the corresponding institution for details on the application procedure using the ‘link to vacancy’. Our institutions are equal opportunity employers, and are committed to providing a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace. The deadline for application is March 15, 2020.