Doctoral student position in RLK-mediated signal integration in biotic and abiotic stress responses

We are looking for a motivated and talented doctoral student to join our team from September 2019 in investigating the roles of cysteine-rich receptor-like kinases (CRKs) in signal transduction and integration in abiotic and biotic stress signaling.

We are particularly interested in how CRKs integrate signaling events through other interacting plasma membrane-localized proteins. The position is fully funded by the Academy of Finland for four years.

We are located at the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme and the Viikki Plant Science Centre of the University of Helsinki, Finland. We offer a vibrant research community in plant science, the doctoral programme in plant sciences DPPS and funding for four years.

Candidates should be interested in cell biology and/or protein chemistry. Experience with plants is welcome but not a strict requirement. The work language in my team is English, thus students should have demonstrated skills of English language (IELTS, TOEFL, or equivalent). For other requirements for doctoral students at the University of Helsinki please look here.

Please send applications and information inquiries to to Michael Wrzaczek. Applications should consist of a motivation letter, a CV with publications as well as contact information for two references and should be sent by email in pdf format. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until a suitable candidate is found. Starting date is September 1, 2019 or by agreement.

Further reading:
Kimura S, Hunter K, Vaahtera L, Tran HC, Vaattovaara A, Rokka A, Stolze SC, Harzen A, Meißner L, Wilkens M, Hamann T, Toyota M, Nakagami H, Wrzaczek M. 2019. CRK2-mediated control of ROS production by phosphorylation of the RBOHD C-terminus in Arabidopsis. biorXiv doi:
Hunter K, Kimura S, Rokka A, Tran HC, Toyota M, Kukkonen JP, Wrzaczek M. 2019. CRK2 enhances salt tolerance by regulating callose deposition in connection with PLDα1. Plant Physiology
Vaattovaara A, Brandt B, Sitaram R, Safronov O, Veidenberg A, Luklová M, Kangasjärvi J, Löytynoja A, Hothorn M, Salojärvi J, Wrzaczek M*. 2019. Mechanistic insights into the evolution of DUF26-containing proteins in land plants. Communications Biology 2: 56.
Kimura S, Waszczak C, Hunter K, Wrzaczek M. 2017. Bound by fate: reactive oxygen species in receptor-like kinase signaling. Plant Cell 29(4): 638-654.