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[Arabidopsis] a PhD position at University of Basel and Fasteris AG, Switzerland

Mikail Pooggin via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by pooggin from yahoo.com)
Wed Sep 29 09:34:51 EST 2010

We are looking for a PhD student to work on a project
 “Next generation sequencing for studying viruses and RNA silencing-based 
antiviral defense in model and crop plants”
We shall apply the Illumina deep-sequencing technology and develop bioinfomatic 
tools to study the viral genome, transcriptome and small RNA populations in 
experimentally infected Arabidopsis plants and naturally-infected crop plants 
with the ultimate goal to obtain knowledge for designing an effective RNA-based 
antiviral vaccine. 

Virus-infected crop plants including rice, cassava, blackgram, cotton, banana 
and tomato, collected in fields worldwide, will be investigated by 
deep-sequencing of fractionated nucleic acids in order to (i) identify and de 
novo assemble complete genomes of newly emerging and resistance-breaking 
viruses, viral strains and viral satellites; (ii) determine the nucleotide 
polymorphism in virus populations; (ii) de novo assemble the viral transcriptome 
and (ii) create genome-wide maps of virus-derived siRNAs.
The project is part of a large COST action network with more than 20 
member-countries (http://costfa0806.aua.gr/). 

A successful candidate should have a master/diploma degree in molecular biology 
and a background and/or a strong interest in boinformatics. 

The position is available from the 1st of January 2011; earlier or later 
starting dates will also be considered. 

The working places will be:
1) Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2) Fasteris AG, Geneva, Switzerland (www.fasteris.com)
The PhD project will be co-supervised by PD Dr. Mikhail Pooggin (University of 
Basel) and Dr. Laurent Farinelli (Fasteris AG).
Contact info:
Mikhail.Pooggin from unibas.ch; Tel +41 61 267 27 29
Laurent.Farinelli from fasteris.com; Tel. +41 22 794 22 23


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