Job opportunities for young scientists “Ramón y Cajal” programme

 

The National Research Agency (AEI) of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation launched the new 2021 edition of Ramón y Cajal (RyC) Programme Call. It will provide 5-year tenure track contract opportunities to attract senior postdoctoral researchers with an outstanding R&D track record to Spanish Research Centres. The Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP, UPM-INIA/CSIC) offers RyC research positions for motivated scientists in the following areas:

 
RyC POSITIONS IN THE FRAME OF CBGP-STRATEGIC PLAN 2022-2025

 

PLANT RESPONSE TO BIOTIC INTERACTIONS: CROPS MICROBIOMES

Contact person: Antonio Molina Fernández

Profile: Plants (crops) interacts with endophytic/epiphytic microorganisms (mutualist/symbiotic) from microbiota that provide beneficial effects. This position goal is the characterization of plants (crops) microbiomes, the molecular bases (genetic traits) of beneficial plants/microorganisms signals/dialogue, and their impact on plants (crops) stresses adaptation, nutrition/growth and development/yield.

 

PLANT ADAPTATION TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES (PlantADAPT)

Contact person: Antonio Molina Fernández

Profile: Characterization of the molecular and genetic mechanisms of plants (crops) adaptation to new climate conditions, in particular to abiotic stresses (drought, salinity and high temperatures), determination of plants (crops) responses to environmental multi-stresses and identification of solutions (e.g., target traits for breeding) to mitigate crops yield losses caused by new climate conditions and multi-stresses.

 

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND BIOENGINEERING OF PLANTS AND ASSOCIATED MICROORGANISMS (SYNBIO2)

Contact person: Antonio Molina Fernández

Profile: Synthetic Biology of Plants Genomes Development of novel knowledge, tools and application of synthetic biology and gene editing (CRISPR-Cas) technologies to engineer plant (crops) genomes for improving plant adaptation to environmental changes, bioengineering plant nutrition and growth responses to biotic interactions.

 

RYC POSITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH CBGP RESEARCH LINES

 

METAL HOMEOSTASIS IN PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS

PI: Manuel González-Guerrero

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/or biological nitrogen fixation.

 

SEASONAL AND CIRCADIAN CONTROL OF GROWTH-DORMANCY CYCLE IN TREES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL OF PLANT DEVELOPMENT

PI: Isabel Allona Alberich

Profile:  PhD in Life Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Forestry Engineer or similar) The candidate must have eexperience in plant molecular biology techniques regarding plant in-vitro models, analysis and visualization of genomic, proteomic and metabolomic data. Furthermore, the candidate will demonstrate eexperience in genetics, molecular biology techniques and confocal microscopy and be an eexpert in Plant Physiology in herbaceous and perennial plants, plant development and plant response to abiotic stress

 

ASSOCIATIONS OF SYMBIOTIC BACTERIA WITH PLANTS

PI: José Manuel Palacios Alberti

Profile: The candidate should have a doctorate in Agriculture Engineering with a strong background in the study of endosymbiotic bacteria with a focus on bacterial metabolism and their cooperation and competition activities, showing over five years of postdoctoral experience, preferable abroad, and relevant publications in this area. The successful candidate will lead a research line investigating the metabolic activities and signalling mechanisms of these soil dwelling bacteria, as well as their interactions within the soil community and with their plant hosts, with the goal being understanding how bacteria influence soil fertility and plant growth helping us achieve higher crop productivity and food yields.

 

PLANT INNATE IMMUNITY AND RESISTANCE TO NECROTROPHIC FUNGI

PI: Antonio Molina Fernández

Profile: Plant immunity mediated by cell wall derived glycans (SWEETMUNITY) Biochemical and structural characterization of cell walls of plants and associated microorganisms, including purification of specific cell wall structures (glycans) from fungi/oomycetes (Molecular Associated Molecular Patterns, MAMPs) or plants (Damage Associated Molecular Patterns, DAMPs) that modulate plants (crops) immune responses and disease resistance. Identification, by using biochemical, computational biology and genetic approaches, of plants (crops) Pattern Recognition Receptors (PRRs) perceiving cell wall -derived glycans (MAMPs/DAMPs) and characterization of downstream components triggering responses and disease resistance.

 

BIOCHEMISTRY OF NITROGEN FIXATION

PI: Luis Manuel Rubio Herrero

Profile: Synthetic Biology and protein engineering. 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 considered.

 

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY OF PLANT SIGNALING CIRCUITS

PI: Krzysztof Wabnik

Profile: PhD in Computational biology/Bioinformatics, Biotechnology or related. Excellent publication score in Q1 journals. Experience with C++ and Phyton programming and knowledge of plant developmental biology. A candidate will work with top-notch national and international collaborators to build quantitative spatial-temporal models of plant development with the focus on organogenesis and organ growth dynamics.

 

PLANT ALLERGENS

PI: Araceli Díaz Perales

Profile: The candidate must hold a PhD in Life Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or similar). Experience in molecular biology techniques regarding in-vitro models. Use of cell lines and organoids. Experience in development of mouse models. Experience in the production and use of virus-like particles (VLPs) for their use as therapy agents and biotechnological platforms.

 

MOLECULAR PLANT-PEST INTERACTIONS

PI: Isabel Díaz Rodríguez

Profile: Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology or related areas. Candidates should have experience in biotic assays using herbivores and plants. Experience in molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics analyses is required.

 

REGULATION OF TRANSLATION DURING ABIOTIC STRESS CONDITIONS IN PLANTS

PI: Mar Castellano Moreno

Profile: Doctor in Biology, Chemistry, or in a similar area of knowledge, with experience in plant molecular biology, with special emphasis in plant response to environmental cues, including hormonal networks and response to biotic and abiotic stresses. Experience in translation and/or protein quality control will be highly valuable.

 

REGULATION OF LATERAL ROOT DEVELOPMENT DURING NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

PI: J. Carlos del Pozo Benito

Profile: PhD in Life Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Forestry Engineer or similar) The candidate must have eexperience in plant molecular biology techniques, genomics, biotic and abiotic stress, confocal microscopy, and crop genetics, stress and fungal analyses.

 

COMPARATIVE GENOMICS AND METAGENOMICS

PI: Jaime Huerta-Cepas

Profile: PhD in Computational Biology/Bioinformatics (Biology, Computer Science, Biotechnology). The candidate must have experience in bioinformatics and genomics data analysis. Background and previous work on microbiology, phylogenomic, ecology, functional genomics or related areas will be valuable.

 

GENOMICS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY OF MICROORGANISMS ASSOCIATED WITH PLANTS

PI: Juan Imperial Ródenas

Profile: Plants interact with endophytic/epiphytic microorganisms (mutualist/symbiotic/ pathogenic, including both bacteria and fungi) from their microbiota that provide beneficial effects to the plant. The successful candidate's research goal will be the genomic characterization of the microbiota of relevant plants (crops), the molecular bases of their beneficial effects, and their impact on the plant adaptation to stresses (abiotic and biotic), nutrition/growth, and development/yield. An important plant of this research must be geared towards the biotechnological exploitation of these beneficial effects.

 


About CBGP (UPM-INIA/CSIC):

The Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP, UPM-INIA/CSIC) is a joint research centre of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and the National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), which has been recently integrated as National Centre in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and with the Severo Ochoa accreditation as Centre of Excellence. The centre was founded in 2006 and CBGP (UPM-INIA/CSIC) researchers have been carrying out their activity at centre facilities, located at Campus Montegancedo-UPM, since the end of 2008. The mission of the CBGP (UPM-INIA/CSIC) 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/CSIC) is interested in developing and using computational biology tools to achieve its goals.

 

RyC Benefits:

Researchers hired under the frame of the Ramón y Cajal (RyC) Programme (Further information) will have a great opportunity to start their independent research activities at the CBGP (UPM-INIA/CSIC). RyC researchers can be promoted, after external evaluation, to long-term (tenure) contract positions (e.g., Assistant Professor at UPM or Research Scientist at CSIC). Additionally, UPM will supplement RyC salary costs with 10.000 € per year.

 

What we offer:

CBGP (UPM-INIA/CSIC) offers a stimulating working environment where collaboration and commitment are essential. Moreover, access to state-of-the-art infrastructure, tools and fully equipped facilities to carry out research in plant molecular biology and agronomic science.

 

How to apply:

Interested candidates may contact the corresponding PI directly by mail (address provided in the respective links above) including Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. in CC.


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