PhD student Susceptibility genes in tomato

Published on
December 21, 2018
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

A PhD student, who will evaluate candidate susceptibility genes for several diseases in tomato. For this purpose, you will:

  1. Make targeted mutations in these candidate genes using CRISPR-Cas9, and estimate effects of these mutations on disease resistance and fitness of the plants.
  2. Study the resistance mechanisms using molecular and cell biology methods.
  3. Screen an EMS tomato population aiming to identify tomato mutants that are resistant to several diseases. The project is financed by Dutch government (TKI Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen) and several breeding companies.

We ask

We are looking for a versatile team player with the following qualities:

  • MSc in biology, plant sciences, plant biotechnology or related areas with a major in molecular plant breeding and phytopathology or equivalent experience.
  • Excellence in molecular techniques, such as making constructs and transformation.
  • Thorough knowledge about plant - Pathogen interactions.
  • High affinity with tissue culture work.
  • Affinity with genetic research and statistical data analysis.
  • A keen interest in fundamental and applied research.
  • Excellent spoken and written communicative skills in English. This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (a mininum of CEFR C1 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.
Important competencies for this position are:
  • Creative, innovative ideas and can initiate research independently.
  • Accurate in performing research.
  • Self-disciplined and pragmatic mind set.
  • Effective networker with academic scientists of various disciplines.

We offer

We offer you a changeling job for a period of 4 years at an international leading organization, Wageningen University. A gross salary per month € 2.325,- the first year up to € 2.972,- the fourth year. The organization has good and flexible employment conditions, including good education and training facilities, good work/life balance, development opportunities and flexible working hours.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Yuling Bai, (, phone +31 317 482 136).

Please do NOT submit your application by email to the persons above.

We would like to receive your letter and CV before January 29th, 2019.
For this position you can ONLY apply online:

We are

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at the special career site.

Plant Breeding is a combined group of Wageningen University and Wageningen Research with 90 employees and around 90 students and guest scientists. The group conducts fundamental, strategic and applied research on breeding and genetics of various plant and mushroom species and is involved in academic education (BSc, MSc, PhD) in Plant Sciences. Research in Plant Breeding concentrates on the genetic and genomic basis of relevant traits, including durable disease resistance, which will contribute to feeding the world in the (near) future.

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