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<x-charset iso-8859-1>Postdoctoral Positions in Plant Genetics/Stress 

Two postdoctoral positions will be available for up to three years in
the Group =ECPlant Genetics=EE at the Institute of Plant Sciences of the
ETH, Zuerich, Switzerland, starting in November 2001, and will remain
open until filled. If successful the work can be continued for up to
three more years with the option of transforming it into an independent

The successful candidates will work on one of the following areas:

1. Control of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis.
2. Genetic analysis of signaling pathways involved in stress responses.
3. Characterization of a genetically controlled =ECsuicide=EE program.

We have isolated a conditional mutant of Arabidopsis that is deregulated
in its tetrapyrrole biosynthesis. Under certain experimental conditions
this mutant releases a brief pulse of singlet oxygen and shows various
stress responses. We have used a second-site mutagenesis screen to
identify genes that affect the control of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis or
form part of a complex signal transduction network that controls the
stress behavior of plants. The aim of the postdoctorals=ED work will be
either to characterize these mutants by analyzing expression profiles or
to describe physiological changes during stress responses. In both cases
the ultimate goal will be the identification of the most promising genes
and the characterization of their function.

=46or further information contact:

Klaus Apel
Institute of Plant Sciences
ETH, Universitaetstrasse 2, 8092 Zuerich, Switzerland
Tel. ++41 1 632 3821 or e-mail: klaus.apel at

Applications should be sent by mail (not e-mail) and should include a
full C. V. and the names and addresses of two professional referees.


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