Phd Position On Modeling Of Plant Resilience To Temperature And Drought Stress (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
October 02, 2023
Offerd Salary:€2,770
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PhD position on Modeling of Plant Resilience to Temperature and Drought

Stress (1.0 FTE)

Job description

Do you want to be part of the development of resilient crops that require far fewer inputs that negatively impact our planet, and contribute to healthy life? Then you could be the ideal candidate to join our new, interdisciplinary research institute CropXR!

  • co-designing, and performing the research outlined above;
  • (co-)supervising MSc and BSc students in the computational biology lab;
  • contributing to teaching of BSc/MSc courses;
  • collaborating in an interdisciplinary team of computational and experimental biologists at Utrecht University, Wageningen University and Research, University of Amsterdam, and/or TU Delft, as well as with experts from companies who are partners to CropXR;
  • communicating your research through publications, conference presentations and outreach.
  • Qualifications

    We are looking for an enthusiastic and team-oriented PhD candidate to join us in CropXR.

  • a team player motivated to help CropXR in working towards its mission;
  • interested in collaborating with colleagues in academia and industry.
  • You have:

  • A Msc degree in Computational Biology, Biophysics, Applied Mathematics or related field;
  • A strong interest in plant sciences, and in bridging biology and computational approaches;
  • Experience with differential equation based mathematical modelling and programming;
  • Affinity with teaching and outreach;
  • demonstrated organization and communication skills;
  • Excellent English oral and writing skills;
  • Affinity with data analysis and bioinformatics will be considered a plus.
  • If you feel attracted to the position but are unsure whether you already meet all the criteria, we do encourage you to apply.


  • a full-time position for 4 years;
  • full-time gross salary ranging from €2,770 in the first year to €3,539 in the fourth year in scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao);
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
  • In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development , leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.

    About the organization

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

  • deciphering the basic developmental patterning mechanisms that shape plant root system architecture;
  • unraveling the decision logical plants use to adapt their root system to environmental conditions such as salt, nutrients, drought, and flooding;
  • investigating how plant transport and resource partitioning affect plant growth.
  • Our groups are part of the chair group Theoretical Biology, and as such part of the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB) within the Biology department of the Faculty of Science.About CropXR:CropXR was launched in 2023 to help make agricultural production less vulnerable to climate change and less dependent on artificial fertilizers and chemical pesticides. The institute is a joint venture of the universities of Amsterdam, Delft, Wageningen and Utrecht in partnership with Plantum, the Dutch plant breeding sector association.

    CropXR brings together efforts from different academic disciplines (such as plant sciences, computational and data sciences, and social sciences) and private industry to help bring about sustainable change. It receives support from NWO, the Dutch National Growth Fund, and the Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research. Learn more about CropXR at

    Additional information

    For more information about this position, please contact Professor Kirsten ten Tusscher at [email protected], or dr. Monica L Garcia Gomez at [email protected] general questions about the application procedure, please email [email protected].

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have become enthusiastic about this role, the simply respond via the "Apply" button!

  • your motivation letter;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • a copy of your MSc certificate, or a letter from your university stating when your MSc studies will be completed;
  • reference letters or the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.
  • We highly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and nationalities to apply. We strive to create an open, diverse, and inclusive work environment for everyone. People of any gender identity, ethnicity and sexual orientation are welcome.If this specific opportunity isn't for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

    The application deadline is 02/10/2023

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