We are seeking for a highly motivated and collaborative postdoctoral researcher to investigate the molecular mechanisms that govern the regulation of effector genes in fungal plant pathogens.
The successful candidate will characterize the contribution of chromatin dynamics to virulence and de-repression of effector genes during infection.
The work will be focused on the fungal pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici, the most damaging pathogen of wheat in Europe. Recent discoveries have shown that effector genes involved in infection are epigenetically regulated in this pathogen.
Effector genes are silenced in axenic conditions and de-repressed during host colonization. We propose a research program that aims at deciphering the mechanisms governing effector gene induction.
In particular, we will aim to identify which histone modifications are associated with effector gene expression activation and how is effector gene de-repression triggered
Type of contract : Temporary contract of 12 months, which can be extended. The estimated starting date will be The researcher will join the emerging research team of Dr.
Sánchez-Vallet at the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP), a joint institute between the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and the National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) in Madrid.
In addition, short-term research stays in the laboratory of our collaborators are envisioned. Career development will be supported in different ways.
The salary will be fixed according to the UPM regulations (category of Junior Doctor Researcher).