[Arabidopsis] Plant signaling and development: Institute of Transformative Biomolecules (ITbM), Nagoya University, Japan

Keiko Torii via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by ktorii from u.washington.edu)
Wed Jul 31 12:31:10 EST 2013

Postdoctoral positions are available for non-Japanese nationals to study the mechanism of plant development using synthetic, systems and cross-disciplinary approaches fusing catalysis organic chemistry, peptide biochemistry, and plant chemical genetics.  Specific projects include:

 1) Rational design of plant peptides, ligand-receptor pairs, as well as their structural/functional analysis to manipulate and hijack signal transduction pathways regulating plant development

2) Chemical-genetic screen to identify novel bioactive small molecules and their targets

3) Development of new fluorescent dyes and biosensors to study signal transduction in plants

 Institute of Transformative Biomolecules (ITbM) is a newly founded research institute as a part of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) by the Japanese government to revolutionize and internationalize Japanese research environment. English will be used as a standard language in ITbM.

For ITbM see: http://www.itbm.nagoya-u.ac.jp

For WPI see: http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-toplevel/

The ultimate goal of ITbM is to develop novel, key molecules to control biological functions and productivity of animal/plant crops; and to innovate bio-imaging. The most unique feature of ITbM is a complete unity of organic synthetic chemists, plant and animal biologists, and theoretical chemists, who share laboratory benches and office desks, to facilitate interdisciplinary research. The institute has a state-of-art imaging center, mass-spectrometry and NMR center, and chemical-library screening center to facilitate rapid research progress.

A candidate must have a strong research publication record (as exemplified by the first-authored manuscripts) and be proficient in biochemistry, structural biology, chemical genetics, and/or live imaging techniques at tissue-, cellular- or subcellular levels. Solid backgrounds in basic molecular biology, chemical synthesis and/or plant biology are highly desirable.

 Due to highly interdisciplinary nature of the institute, the candidate must have strong communication skills, be highly active and interactive while being independent, and willing to take challenges to work with scientists from different fields.

 The successful candidates will work in the lab with a mixture of biologists and chemist under Dr. Keiko Torii (PI), who will be in Nagoya University occasionally as a Oversea Investigator. The candidates will be closely supervised by Dr. Naoyuki Uchida (Co-PI), who is a full-time faulty at the ITbM. 

 Employment condition:

Salary: JPN 4.2 M (approx..US$ 43k) per year. (Includes all expenses; e.g. taxes, health insurance, daily commuting expenses)
Term: annually renewed based on the performance; up to three years.
Start date: January 2014 or negotiable

The successful candidate will be encouraged to apply for independent fellowships to gain independent programs for his/her future career path.

 Nagoya is the third largest metropolitan area in Japan and a hub for the Central Japan, with easy access to Japan’s major cities (Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka) by high-speed bullet train. Nagoya is rich in history and culture. The Nagoya University campus is situated in a beautiful, protected forest region (Higashiyama area).

For information about City of Nagoya see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagoya

Send a cover letter (1-2 pages) outlining your research interest, proposed research and career goal, current curriculum vitae, and a name and e-mail address of three-four referees to:

Prof. Keiko Torii

Oversea Principal Investigator

Institute of Transformative Biomolecules (ITbM)

Nagoya University

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