EU-funded PhD position on auxin transport and metabolism in plant roots

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Apr 2024

11 Apr 2024
Job Information

Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Research Field

Biological sciences » Biology
Chemistry » Biochemistry
Biological sciences » Other
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Czech Republic
Application Deadline

22 Apr 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Prague)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

European Union / Next Generation EU
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Mapping auxin transport and metabolism in roots of monocot plants

Laboratory: The auxin group of Jan Petrášek within the Laboratory of Hormonal Regulations in Plants ( ) focuses on the regulatory mechanisms defining the levels of auxin within plant cells. We use a spectrum of advanced microscopy approaches, hormonal analytics, molecular cloning, high-throughput transcriptomics and proteomics, and auxin transport assays.

Project description: Plant hormone auxin co-ordinates the development of sessile plant body. The setting of auxin concentration gradients in the plant tissues depends on its biosynthesis, metabolism and intra- and intercellular transport. The understanding of how these processes contributes to the plant development is largely based on our long lasting experience with the models plant Arabidopsis thaliana and cultured cells of Nicotiana tabacum. To orient this research to crop plants, here we propose to perform a set of pioneering experiments that would allow us to map processes of auxin biosynthesis, metabolism and transport during the growth of young root of the model monocot crop plant Hordeum vulgare. The dynamics of individual auxin carriers and auxin biosynthesis and metabolism enzymes will be tested using both available and freshly generated marker lines.

Research Field
Biological sciences » Biology
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Research Field
Chemistry » Biochemistry
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Specific Requirements


  • MSc in biology, biochemistry or biophysics, not necessarily plant biology focused
  • Strong motivation for basic research in plant molecular biology
  • Curiosity, enthusiasm, excellent self-organization, and communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language
  • The desire to try advanced microscopic methods is an advantage


Additional Information


  • 4-year funded PhD position with salary at the Institute of Experimental Botany and PhD scholarship from doctoral study programme at the Faculty of Science, Charles University
  • Involvement in the TANGENC project, which brings together all major laboratories of advanced plant research in the Czech Republic 
  • Vital laboratory with young colleagues, friendly environment of other collaborating laboratories in the Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR, the leading plant science institution in the Czech Republic.
  • Strong emphasis on the support the career trajectory of candidates towards their scientific independence
  • Continuous support of Euraxess ( )

Selection process

Please send by April 22, 2024 to [email protected]   a short motivation statement, detailed CV, and two contacts for providing a support letter or supervision feedback report.

Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic

Where to apply

[email protected]


Praha 6 – Lysolaje

Rozvojová 263
Postal Code

165 02


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