Stress sensitivity of plants and ecosystems under climate change conditions
1 Postdoctoral position, 1 PhD position.
The central research question of this project is whether the resistance of species-rich plant communities to different stress factors will change in a future climate. To this end we will grow grassland mesocosms in sunlit controlled chambers under the present or future climate conditions, and expose them to a wide range of stressors: drought, water logging, nitrogen deficiency, and heavy metals (zinc). Stressors will be applied separately to assess dose-response relations, but also in combination to examine their interactive impact. Responses to stress will be evaluated at the cell, plant and ecosystem levels. Candidates for the PhD or Postdoctoral position should have a strong interest in studying plant responses at the biochemical level (antioxidants, stress-related enzymes, protein oxidation, ...).
Candidates must have a Masters degree or PhD degree in plant physiology, ecology or plant biochemistry, preferentially with expertise in the analysis of plant stress responses. Positions are for 1 year, renewable up to 4 years, depending on performance evaluations. Stipends are according to university regulations and allow for comfortable living in Antwerp.
Send applications to Dr. Han Asard (han.asard from ua.ac.be), at the Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Belgium. The tentative deadline for applications is July 31, or until suitable candidates have been found.
Han Asard, PhD
University of Antwerp
Department of Biology
Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp, BELGIUM
E-mail: han.asard from ua.ac.be
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