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Brussels Center for Redox Biology

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CSC PhD-student postion for the study of redox senstive proteins in plants



Position: A PhD position is immediately available in the Messens lab at VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology in Brussels, Belgium for an eligible student who successfully applies and is awarded a Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) grant in protein biochemistry and structural biology. The VIB is an exciting, world renowned place in Europe, and the Messens lab is recognized as a world leader in the redox field with a strong track record of high-impact publications. The lab provides a cutting-edge protein biochemistry and structural biology research environment in a highly dynamic and team-oriented international research group where you will tackle essential biological problems in redox signaling.


Mission of the lab: We decipher how cells sense redox metabolites and transduce these stimuli into downstream biological effects. Knowledge of the mechanisms by which sensors and transducers function are invaluable in understanding how redox homeostasis pathways can be engineered. This in turn provides ways to improve oxidative stress resistance in plants and to identify therapeutic targets for diseases such as diabetes and cancer.


Your role in the lab: Your project, as part of the Excellent of Science (EOS)-project 'Organellar Redox Signaling in Plants', will focus on structure-function studies of plant proteins that participate in redox signaling cascades. You will thereby address vital outstanding biological problems in plant redox signaling. This exciting project will likely yield high-caliber results suitable for publication in top journals.


Requirements: Applicants should have obtained a Master of Science degree with great or greatest distinction. Expertise in molecular biology, protein biochemistry, biophysical techniques and enzymology is essential. Fluency in English is a must. Knowledge of plant physiology is an asset. We will finance you with an EOS-fellowship, and support your CSC fellowship application.


Please include a cover letter discussing your interests in our lab and projects as well as your CV and a list of 3 individuals as references when applying via Jobsoid. https://app.jobsoid.com/App/#/Jobs/17608/Info