A postdoctoral opening on Plant-Fungi Interactions (PFI) is available in the Cammue lab, more specifically in the PFI Plant Unit. The lab is renowned for its pioneering research on defense-related plant peptides including plant defensins (e.g. AtPDF1.2) and other types of stress-induced peptides (e.g. OSIP108) primarily aiming at discovering their in planta role and mode of action. Our expertise on resistance mechanisms, mainly in Arabidopsis thaliana, allowed us to successfully use this model plant as a source of resistance traits in agronomically important pathosystems (e.g. tomato/Botrytis cinerea, corn/Cochliobolus heterostrophus, etc.). Our research focus also includes defense mechanisms induced by biocontrol organisms, the so-called induced systemic response (ISR) both in a model plant (A. thaliana) and in crops (e.g. tomato). We recently developed a ISR-marker platform allowing us to screen at high throughput for inducers of ISR and unravel their mode of inducing activity (e.g. via chemical genetic approaches).
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with general experience in phytopathology and plant molecular biology, able to coordinate our research in the PFI Plant Unit. Though the latter is primarily situated at our facilities at the University of Leuven KU Leuven), it is recently associated with the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology (PSB), a world-leading plant science institute located at the heart of the renowned Plant Biotech campus in Ghent, Belgium. The candidate will be mainly located at PSB in Ghent, where she/he will coordinate the collaboration of the PFI lab with the other PSB research groups, but with regular visits/meetings at our KU Leuven facilities. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to publish highly qualitative research findings in peer-reviewed top journals, engage in existing and new collaborations within and outside VIB, and supervise PhDs and (under)graduate students, as needed.