Plants are champion synthetic chemists! They take advantage of their metabolic prowess to produce an extremely large repertoire of structurally diverse natural products, also referred to as specialized metabolites. Our research team seeks to elucidate the biochemistry and evolution of metabolic pathways contributing to plants’ adaptation to their environment.
The present PhD project is funded by the IDEX International doctoral program of the University of Strasbourg. The project aims at deciphering genes contributing to the biosynthesis of novel trichome-specific alkaloids present in several Solanaceae species, the molecular mechanisms underlying the evolution of this pathway and the ecological functions of these alkaloids in plant-insect interactions.
The project will be conducted at the IBMP and will benefit from facilities hosted in this institute, including a state-of-art metabolomics platform to explore plant metabolic diversity. This project also includes active collaborations with research teams in Germany.
How to apply: Applications must include a motivation letter, a CV including University grades, and contacts of 1-2 previous mentors. Please e-mail application as a single pdf document to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with a Master degree in (plant) biology, biochemistry or genetics and experience in some of the following fields: standard DNA/RNA methods, RNAseq analysis, protein biochemistry and metabolic analysis. Experience in bioinformatics and metabolomics is not required but can be plus for this position. Applicants should have a strong interdisciplinary interest coupled with good communication skills and willingness to interact with team members. We expect excellent University grades at the Master level. Fluent spoken and written English are prerequisites for this position.
We offer a vibrant research environment that includes state-of-the art research facilities hosted by the IBMP (MS metabolomics, NGS bioinformatics, imaging, ...), an exciting interdisciplinary research project and a dedicated training in emerging techniques in metabolomics and plant chemical ecology.
The IBMP, Institut de biologie moléculaire des plantes, represents an inescapable pole regarding research and education in plant biology in France.
Attached to the Institut National des Sciences Biologiques of CNRS, the IBMP is associated with the University of Strasbourg. The institute gathers about 200 persons including researchers, professors, engineers, technicians, PhD students and post-doc fellows.
The IBMP provides a research of excellence aiming, through the study of fundamental processes of the life of plants, to answer major social challenges in nutrition, health and environment.