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A PhD position (4-5 years) in Plant Cuticle Research is open in the Department of Plant Molecular Biology (DBMV), University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

The DBMV regroups 7 laboratories dedicated to the study of plants from a cellular and molecular perspective. With a total of more than 75 collaborators, our department represents one of the largest groups of scientists in plant molecular biology in Switzerland.

The research in the group of Dr. Christiane Nawrath ( is aimed on the characterization of genes involved in the formation of cutin, the cuticular polyester, and their significance for the structure and function of the plant cuticle.

The PhD project may focus on aspects related to the role of the ABC transporter PEC1 during cutin formation in tomato and/or the role of the plant cuticle during plant development in Arabidopsis.

Highly motivated students that are interested in taking a combined approach using molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry and physiology to answer questions in cuticle research are encouraged to apply. Master degree or equivalent in biology is essential, background in plant biology and/or molecular biology desirable.

Applications including a CV, a letter of motivation and information for 2 references should be send to Dr. Christiane Nawrath, Department of Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Lausanne ( Applications are evaluated continuously. Starting date to be negotiated (between April 1 and October 1, 2014).


Biophore - CH-1015 Lausanne  - Suisse  -  Tél. +41 21 692 41 90  -  Fax +41 21 692 41 95
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