Postdoc position at Dijon FRANCE

Xavier Reboud reboud at
Tue Jun 8 09:57:56 EST 1999

A post-doctoral position in Arabidopsis molecular genetics is available this
fall (September-October 1999) at the Institut National de la Recherche
Agronomique (INRA) Dijon, France.

The appointee will be applying standard molecular biology techniques to
analyze genetic polymorphism. The project is described below :
Evolution of selected and neutral loci in Arabidopsis selected for early
flowering over several cycles under different metapopulation regimens.
An initial population (set up by mixing different origins and artificially
maintaining male sterility to ensure recombination) has been subbmited to
selection for early flowering over several cycles under different kinds of
metapopulations. To date: 1) The selection has succesfully decreased mean
population flowering time by more than 20 days 2) Genetic diversity has been
followed using electrophoretic isozymes markers, but future work 
involving microsattelites may prove to be more suitable 3) Preliminary tests
for polymorphism for a gene known to be involved in early flowering appeared
unrelated to precocity of flowering among contrasting individuals.

The appointee will have to answer two related questions: How has
polymorphism at neutral loci and loci under selection evolved within and
among populations ? Does the degree of polymorphism at these two kinds of
loci show parallel evolution over several generations?

Experience in molecular techniques and population genetics is necessary but
prior work with plants is not required.
Candidates for this position should apply immediately. They 1) must have had
their Ph.D within the four last years, 2) must NOT have already worked in
France and 3) cannot  receive any other grant during the tenure of this
The duration of the fellowship is 12 months (US$1625 monthly, taxes being
already removed)
INRA at Dijon is a large group of scientists focusing generally on biology
and Arabidopsis in particular. The surrounding region supports wide array of
both cultural and outdoor activities, including its famous Burgundy wines
and culinary excellence. Dijon is 1h40 from Paris by train.

Interested candidates should send or email a resume, description of research
experience to :

Dr. Xavier REBOUD
Laboratoire de Malherbologie & Agronomie (Weed Science)
BV 1540
F-21034        Dijon cedex

Phone : (33) 3 80 69 31 84
Fax : (33) 3 80 69 32 62
email : reboud at

If you have any question do not hesitate to contact me at the above address
(please use email when possible).

Laboratoire de Malherbologie et Agronomie
BV 1540
21034 Dijon cedex

Tel : (33) 03 80 69 31 84
Fax: (33) 03 80 69 32 62
do not dial the 0 if you call from outside France

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