JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS “RAMÓN Y CAJAL” PROGRAM 2019
The Spanish “Ministerio the Ciencia e Innovación” has recently closed 2019 the Ramon y Cajal (RyC) call., for tenure-track researchers. This program financially support 5 years tenure track contract to attract to Spanish research centerssenior postdoctorals with an outstanding R&D track records.
The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA) offers RyC research positions for motivated scientists in the following areas/projects:
CBGP INSTITUTIONAL RYC POSITIONS FOR THE COMPUTATIONAL/SYSTEMS BIOLOGY, AND GENOMICS PROGRAM (CSBGP):
SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY OF PLANTS GENOMES
Profile:Development of novel tools and application of synthetic biology and gene editing technologies to engineer plant (crops) genomes for improving plant adaptation to environmental changes, empowering plant nutrition and/or responses to biotic stresses.
RYC POSITIONS ASSOCIATED TO CBGP (UPM-INIA) RESEARCH LINES:
PLANT ADAPTATION TO ABIOTIC STRESS CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE
PI: Mar Castellano. About the group
Profile:wide experience in plant molecular biology, plant response to abiotic stress (including heat stress), gene expression regulation, transcription and translation regulation. Experience in phytohormonal networks will be also valuable.
Aim:Characterization of novel players in plant adaptation to global warming and other processes related to climate change.
TRANSITION METAL NUTRITION IN CROPS AND ASSOCIATED ORGANISMS
PI:Manuel González Guerrero. About the group
Profile:PhD in Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, or related areas. The candidate should have published in the areas of mineral nutrition, protein biochemistry, and/or ion transport. Previous experience with biological nitrogen fixation or transition metal homeostasis will be valued. The selected candidate will be expected to show potential synergies between the research line he/she will pursue and our research group’s interest in metal homeostasis, plant-microbe interactions, and biological nitrogen fixation.
USING GIBBERELLIN PATHWAY COMPONENTS TO IMPROVE CROP VIGOR AND GROWTH
PI: Luis Oñate Sánchez. About the group
Profile:PhD in Biotechnology or similar. Experience in plant molecular biology, ideally herbaceous and tree species. Experience in translational biology approaches and metabolomic analyses will also be very valuable.
Aim:To define key regulatory networks involved in growth and their impact at metabolic and hormonal levels. To improve plant biomass generation and stress tolerance by targeting specific regulatory genes or/and metabolic engineering. Generation, characterization and maintenance of transgenic lines to assess their biotechnological value.
PLANT INNATE IMMUNITY MEDIATED BY CELL WALL DERIVED GLYCANS
PI: Antonio Molina. About the group
Profile:Biochemical and structural characterization of cell walls of plants and associated microorganisms, including purification of specific cell wall structures (glycans) from fungi/oomycete (Molecular Associated Molecular Patterns, MAMPs) or plants (Damage Associated Molecular Patterns, DAMPs) that modulate crops immune responses. Plant recognition of cell wall derived DAMPs and MAMPs, activation of immune responses and resistance to pathogens; identification of plant receptors of MAMPs/DAMPs, and downstream components. Biotechnological uses of cell walls derived DAMPs/MAMPs in sustainable agriculture.
SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND PROTEIN ENGINEERING
PI: Luis Rubio. About the group
Profile:PhD in Biochemistry, Biotechnology or similar areas. Candidates with extensive experience in plant organelles, yeast molecular biology, and protein biochemistry will be given preference. The research involves the transfer of nitrogenase genes to eukaryotic organisms with a final goal of generating nitrogen fixing plants, a topic of crucial agricultural importance. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence as judged by publication record, technology transfer, and awards. Demonstrated experience training and supervising students will be judged.
NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY FOR SECURE AND SAFE FOODS
PI: Araceli Díaz Peralesand Fernando Ponz. About the Plant Allergens Groupand more info about the Plant virus biotechnology group
Profile: Doctor with research experience in areas related to Biosciences or Nanoscience’s, preferably Nanobiosciences, or Immunology. The ideal candidate would be one with a background in Immunology-related Nanobiosciences. Main functions would the establishment of technological developments and applications in the field of Food Safety/Security, in relation with responses of inflammatory processes (allergies, etc.). The candidate will be expected also to lead the establishment and development of other applications, in addition to the main one.
Researchers hired under the frame of the RyC Program will have a great opportunity to start their independent research activities at the CBGP (UPM-INIA). RyC researchers can be promoted, after external evaluation, to long-term (tenure) contract positions (e.g. Assistant Professor or Research Scientist) at the CBGP founder institutions (UPM: www.upm.es; and INIA: www.inia.es), respectively. Additionally, UPM will supplement the RyC call salary with 10.000€ per year. See details.
CBGP (UPM-INIA) offers modern and fully equipped facilitiesto carry out state of the art research in plant molecular biology and agronomic science, and a fantastic work environment (www.cbgp.upm.es).
About the Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA):
The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP) is a joint research centre of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA) with the accreditation of Severo Ochoa. The mission of the CBGP (UPM-INIA) is to carry out fundamental and strategic research in plant science and in microorganisms interacting with plants. The research is focused on understanding important biological processes such as plant development, the interaction of plants with the environment and the mechanisms of plant nutrition. In addition, the CBGP (UPM-INIA) is interested in developing and using computational biology tools to achieve its goals.