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Post-doctoral scientist (M/F) on Molecular and cellular biology of maize root water transport

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Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : jeudi 17 février 2022

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General information

Reference : UMR5004-CECABA-034
Date of publication : Thursday, January 6, 2022
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 30 months
Expected date of employment : 1 April 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2690€ and 3820€ gross / month - depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent


A position is open to work in the frame of an ERC advanced project named “HyArchi: Targeting Root Hydraulic Architecture to Improve Crops under Drought “. Research will be carried out in the group of Dr Christophe Maurel in the Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology department (CNRS/INRAE/SupAgro, University of Montpellier, France).
The HyArchi project focuses on maize roots under water stress with the ultimate goal of optimizing water uptake. It explores novel aspects of their plasticity and will provide a multidimensional understanding of their water transport function, by considering the integration of hydraulic, growth and signaling processes within root architecture.


The aim of the post-doctoral researcher will be to characterize novel genes that determine the root hydraulic properties of maize seedlings. These genes have been identified by genome wide association and their function needs to be validated using hydraulic phenotyping of CRISPR-Cas9 and insertion mutants. In addition, the molecular and cellular function of the gene products will be finely dissected using dedicated techniques. Finally, soil-grown plants with newly identified or engineered genotypes will be evaluated for their response to drought using high resolution phenotyping facilities that are present on-site.


The applicant must have a doctoral degree and have demonstrated a research aptitude and autonomy as evidenced by high-level publications. We are seeking a highly motivated and independent scientist with a strong background in plant molecular and cellular techniques. Additional experience in physiology or genetics of cereals will be appreciated.A strong grasp of English and a good team spirit are also essential.

Work Context

The institute and the host group have world-wide recognized records in transport and stress physiology (http://www1.montpellier.inra.fr/ibip/bpmp/) (Shahzad Z et al., 2016, Cell 167:87; Tang et al., 2018, Nat. Commun. 9:3884; Prado et al., 2019, Plant Cell, 31:417; Maurel and Nacry, 2020, Nat Plants 6:744).

Constraints and risks

No specific risk or constraint

Additional Information

Application must include a CV, a description of previous research experience and names and addresses of three possible referees. The position will be opened until filled.

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