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  • 02 May 2016 4:36 AM | Claudia Büchel
    15 PhD positions are offered by the Innovative Training Network “Solar Energy to Biomass – Opimisation of light energy conversion in plants and microalgae” or short “SE2B”. SE2B is a multi-site Initial Training & Research Program of research institutions from the public and private sector in eight European countries. The aim is to

    1. understand the regulation mechanisms important for light use efficiency, and their evolution from algae to land plants, structure/function studies of the key proteins in non-photochemical quenching (NPQ), PsbS and LhcSR, and of the role of xanthophylls in specific LHC antenna proteins in plants and algae will be crucial. This includes the elucidation of the molecular basis for long-term quenching in evergreen trees over winter. Together with the development of an automated phenotyping system these results will be used to exploit the effect of xanthophyll over-accumulation on light harvesting versus photoprotection for biomass production in algae.

    2. elucidate the supercomplex dynamics during regulation phenomena in plants and microalgae to understand (i) how light-harvesting systems together with photosystems are organized in the lipid bilayer environment during NPQ and/or state-transition (ST), (ii) how the polarity of the membrane, determined by the lipid composition and the phosphorylation of the thylakoid proteins, affects the light absorption properties and the structural and functional dynamics of the supercomplexes, and (iii) how these dynamics affect the entire organism at the gene expression level.

    3. to investigate the role of thylakoid membrane flexibility in light use efficiency by characterising the functional and structural reorganization of thylakoid membranes during NPQ and ST in vivo, and by comparing these effects in cyanobacteria, green algae and diatoms, to determine the extent to which NPQ and ST make use of the same underlying physical mechanisms in different organisms.

    PhD students participate in an exciting research programme and receive a strongly interdisciplinary training in all scientific areas involved as well as in complementary skills. The program also includes extended stays in partner laboratories (secondments).

    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 675006. 

    For details and to apply see:

    Individual Research Projects available:

    1. Structural and functional analysis LhcSR and PsbS proteins regulating photosynthetic light use efficiency.
    PhD position, group of Roberto Bassi, Universita degli Studi di Verona, Italy.

    2. Changes in energy fluxes during NPQ in LHCII and PS II-LHCII complexes.
    PhD position, group of Alexander Ruban, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom.

    3. The role of certain proteins in quenching mechanisms in evergreens.
    PhD position, group of Stefan Jansson, Umeå Universitet, Sweden.

    4. Systems for non-invasive monitoring of plant fitness and growth performance.
    PhD position, group of Klára Panzarová, Photon Systems Instruments Spol SRO, Czech Republic.

    5. Using algal mutants for enhanced carotenoid production.
    PhD position, group of Claudia Büchel, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    6. Changes in supercomplex formation related to functional changes (NPQ and ST).
    PhD position, group of Roberta Croce, Stichting Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands Closed

    7. Dynamics of thylakoid pigment-protein complexes – consequences on functional genomics of the entire organism.
    PhD position, group of Eva-Mari Aro, University of Turku, Finland.

    8. Dynamics of supercomplexes in the thylakoid membrane of diatoms.
    PhD position, group of Claudia Büchel, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

    9. Mechanisms involving the antenna that regulate the energy flux to reaction centers in cyanobacteria.
    PhD Postdoc position, group of Diana Kirilovsky, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France.

    10. Molecular structure of supercomplexes under different conditions.
    PhD position, group of Egbert Boekema, Groningen Universiity, Netherlands in coorperation with group of Roman Kouřil, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic.

    11. Photosynthetic Membranes: from molecular to membrane organisation.
    PhD position, group of Bruno Robert, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France.

    12. Regulation of the photosynthetic membrane landscape in cyanobacteria.
    PhD position, group of Conrad Mullineaux, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom.

    13. Changes at the membrane level during NPQ and state transitions.
    PhD position, group of Herbert van Amerongen, Wageningen University, Netherlands.

    14. Improvement of secondary metabolites production in cyanobacteria under external stress.
    PhD position, group of Céline Bourcier de Carbon, Phycosource SARL, France.

    15. Quantifying photosynthesis in intact photosynthetic algae and cyanobacteria.
    PhD position, group of Jan Dekker/Ivo van Stokkum, Stichting Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • 10 Nov 2015 9:13 AM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)

    ASU is seeking candidates in the areas of (Bio)Molecular Energy Transduction (JOB# 11371; assistant professor rank) and Cryo-EM (JOB#11372; all ranks). See for more details.

  • 19 May 2015 11:12 PM | Jamey Young

    Jamey Young’s Lab at Vanderbilt University

    A postdoctoral position is available immediately to develop and test novel strategies for engineering cyanobacterial hosts for production of fuel and chemical compounds. 13C metabolic flux analysis, targeted metabolomics profiling, and molecular biology studies will be key approaches to addressing these questions. Motivation and experience will be important factors in the recruitment process. For more information about the Young laboratory, see our website: Interested applicants should send a current CV including the names of three references to: Dr. Jamey Young at:

  • 10 May 2015 10:34 PM | Hsiu-an Chu

    The Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, is inviting applications for research-oriented faculty positions at levels of Assistant or Associate Research Fellows (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professors). Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree plus postdoctoral training, with expertise in studies of plant-related microbial biology or plant-microbe interactions. Successful candidates will receive excellent starter funds followed by annual intramural support.

    Academia Sinica, the foremost academic institution in Taiwan, comprises 31 world-class research institutes/centers and provides active research environment with state-of-the-art resources. The Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology is a premier research institute with focused studies on functioning of plant and microbial biology ( English is the official language in scientific seminars. Proficiency in Chinese language is not essential but basic communication skill will be helpful.

    The application folder should include 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research accomplishments, and 4) future research plans. The application folder (in PDF format) and, separately, three letters of recommendation should be sent via email to:

    Dr. Erh-Min Lai, chair of Search Committee

    c/o Ms. Christine Hsing (email:

    Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica

    128, Sec 2, Academia Rd, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan 11529

  • 10 Mar 2015 12:52 AM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)
    The Basic Algal Biology program at Synthetic Genomics Inc., is recruiting multiple Ph.D. level candidates to support our studies in fundamental algal photobiology, physiology, genomics, and genetic engineering.
    At Synthetic Genomics, Inc., we are dedicated to developing genomic-driven solutions to address global challenges.  The Basic Algal Biology program is a long-term partnership with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering which is focused on developing refinery feedstocks using photosynthetic algae.  Now in our sixth year, the program continues to make significant scientific progress and recently, to expand its budget.  In addition to a very solid team of 20+ algal biologists, the Basic Algal Biology program capitalizes on SGIs’ world-class expertise in bioinformatics, next-gen sequencing, synthetic biology, and analytical chemistry.
    I am writing to you to solicit candidates who you could recommend to fill three open positions in our program.  We are searching for strong candidates with Ph.D. level training in Phycology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, and related fields with 0-5 years of relevant postdoctoral or industrial experience.  Specifically we ask for your help in identifying individuals with expertise in:
    1.       Photosynthetic light reactions.  Measurement, dynamics, interpretation and manipulation photosynthetic light reactions.  As we continue to work on optimizing light use efficiency of mass algal cultures, specific expertise in the light reactions of photosynthesis is crucial
    2.       Generalized photosynthesis.  From the initial processes of capturing light energy, through the light-independent carbon fixation reactions, and ultimately to the storage of the resulting products.   We are interested in candidates with expertise in all the processes involved in photosynthesis
    3.       Synthetic biology, genomics, and metabolic engineering of eukaryotic algae.  Virtually all aspects of research in the Basic Algal Biology are rooted in ultimately manipulating the biology of photoautotrophs.  Candidates with strong backgrounds in algal biotechnology are of particularly interest.

    There are many advantages to working at Synthetic Genomics and specifically in the Basic Algal Biology program.  The Basic Algal Biology collaboration has solid support from both SGI and ExxonMobil.  SGI continues to attract both partners and funding to support the expanded applications of our core technologies. We have a very strong team of scientists, infrastructure, and funding which make rapid advances possible. In addition to a solid scientific foundation, SGI has an enjoyable work environment and located in La Jolla, CA we are lucky to live and work in a vibrant city and beautiful climate.

    Candidates are encouraged to respond to me directly as well as to find out more information at the Careers section of our website (  Thank you in advance for your attention.

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