In addition to RNAs that encode proteins, small non-coding RNAs are instrumental in regulating developmental and epigenetic processes. Plants possess a myriad of small RNA molecules with diverse functions. To understand their biological functions from the molecular to organismal level, we are characterizing the mechanistic basis of their biogenesis and gene-regulatory activities. If you are interested in revealing how small non-coding RNAs regulate plant developmental and epigenetic processes, then please apply for this PhD position offered in the Cluster of Plant Developmental Biology at Wageningen University & Research.
As a PhD student, your key responsibilities include:
You will work here The research is embedded within the Nodine team, which is part of the chair Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the Plant Developmental Biology Cluster (https: // www. wur.nl/en/research-results/chair-groups/plant-sciences/plant- developmental-biology.htm) led by Dr. Viola Willemsen (https: // www. wur.nl/en/persons/viola-dr.-va-viola-willemsen.htm). You will be co-supervised by Dr. Michael Nodine and Drzo Viola Willemsen.
You have a Master's degree in biology or will possess a Master's degree by the intended start date. You also possess:
For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level. Sometimes it is necessary to submit an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language. More information can be found here.
,Conditions of employment
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team. The gross salary for the first year is € 2.541,- per month rising to € 3.247,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.
There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the " Best University " in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.
Coming from abroad Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.
,Employer Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University & Research The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.
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We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.
For more information about this position, please contact Michael Nodine, (Laboratory of Molecular Biology), e-mail: [email protected] For more information about the procedure, please contact: [email protected]
Do you want to apply? You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. This vacancy will be listed up to and including March 20th, 2023. We hope to schedule the first job interviews on Monday 27th, 2023.
Equal opportunities Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.