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PhD Position in Plant Genetics - Characterisation of transcription factor complexes that control flower development

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. studentship in the Plant Developmental Genetics laboratory led by Dr. Frank Wellmer based in the Department of Genetics at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin ( Trinity College ( is a leading research university, which is situated in the heart of Dublin city, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. We offer excellent research conditions with state-of-the-art infrastructure in a highly dynamic and collegial environment.

The Ph.D. studentship is fully funded (academic fees and an annual tax-free stipend of €16,000 for four years, subject to satisfactory progress) through alumni donations and Trinity’s Commercial Revenue Unit via a Provost Ph.D. Award (

Details: Our laboratory is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that control plant development. In addition, we are trying to translate some of our findings from basic research to crop plants to produce new varieties with increased yield. The available Ph.D. project aims at the identification of components of transcription factor complexes that are essential regulators of flower development. To this end, we will isolate these complexes in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, using a range of state-of-the-art methods of biochemistry and proteomics. We will further use genetics, molecular biology and advanced microscopy to confirm the data we have obtained and to understand the function of the complex components we have identified.

Requirements: Applicants must hold a B.Sc., M.Sc. or equivalent. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong background and interest in developmental genetics who is able to work independently, but yet enjoys working in a team. The ideal applicant should have previous experience with key techniques of molecular biology and/or plant science.

The anticipated start date is 1 September 2019.

Applications from female candidates and those from under-represented backgrounds are strongly encouraged. Trinity College Dublin is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the continued development of employment policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, civil status, family status, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or membership of the Travelling community.

For further information or to apply please email a PDF copy of a brief cover letter and CV, including names and contact details for 2 referees, to Dr. Wellmer at

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