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Tue Mar 18 07:26:18 EST 2003



A post-doctoral position is available immediately to investigate the 
pectic matrix of plant cell walls. Pectin is a major component of the 
primary cell walls of all land plants and consists of a heterogeneous 
and complex group of galacturonic acid rich glycans. Interactions 
between pectic polymers, and with other cell wall glycans and 
proteins results in a highly dynamic pectic matrix which has 
important roles in support, defence, cell fate, signalling and 
control of wall porosity. Although structurally well characterised, 
the molecular basis of the assembly of the pectic matrix is poorly 
understood. Through our  successful application to the UK Genomic 
Arabidopsis Resource Network (GARNet), transcriptomic and proteomic 
programmes have been established with the aim of identifying genes 
and proteins involved in pectic matrix assembly. A range of cell 
biology, molecular and biochemical techniques will be used to 
characterise the functions of putative pectin biosynthetic genes and 
to investigate proteins that operate as part of the pectic matrix. 
Although desirable, experience in plant cell wall research is not a 
prerequisite for this position. Candidates must have a PhD in 
biological science and should have expertise in one or some of the 
following: Arabidopsis insertion mutant analysis; plant molecular 
biology; plant cell biology; immunocytochemistry; cell wall analysis; 
protein biochemistry; carbohydrate analysis. For further information 
about pectin and GARNet see: Plant Molecular Biology, 2001, 47(1-2): 
9-27. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2001, 276(22): 19404-13. 

Initially for two years, this position carries a salary of up to 
37,000 Dkr (4984 Euro) per month dependent on age and experience.

The Department of Plant Physiology is located within the botanical 
gardens of the attractive and vibrant city of Copenhagen and has 
excellent facilities for plant molecular biology. Applicants should 
send (preferably via email) a curriculum vitae including a full list 
of publications, and a covering letter to Dr William G.T. Willats, 
willats at my.molbio.ku.dk
Department of Plant Physiology,
University of Copenhagen,
=D8ster Farimagsgade 2A,
DK-1353 Copenhagen K,
Tel: +45 35 32 21 32,
=46AX: +45 35 32 21 28.

The University of Copenhagen is an equal opportunities employer and 
encourages applications from all sections of society.

Dr  William G.T. Willats
University of Copenhagen
Institute of Molecular Biology
Department of Plant Physiology
=D8ster Farimagsgade 2A
DK-1353 Copenhagen K

Tel: +45 35 32 21  32
=46AX: +45 35 32 21 28

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