A PhD student position is available in the research group of Dr. Tomas Werner at the Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Graz, Austria. The family of flavin-dependent berberine bridge enzymes in A. thaliana includes novel type of enzymes converting monolignols to their corresponding aldehydes (monolignol oxidoreductases, MOXs) . 

It is hypothesized that these enzymes control the composition of lignin by regulating the ratio of monolignols to the aldehydes. To understand the biological role of the MOX proteins in A. thaliana, the state-of-the-art biochemical, genetic, and molecular biology techniques will be employed in this joint effort by the groups of Peter Macheroux and Tomas Werner at the Institute of Biochemistry (TUG) and Biology (UG). 

For this FWF-funded project, we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with a master‘s degree in molecular biology or related area and a strong interest to work in the field of plant biochemistry and physiology. The position is fully funded (30 h/week) for three years with a starting date in September or October 2022. 

To apply, please, send a motivation letter clearly stating the interest in the project and the group, a full CV including a description of your research experience and interests, university certificates, and the contact details of at least two references in a single pdf file via email to peter.macheroux@tugraz.at or Dr. Werner tomas.werner@uni-graz.at

Prof. Dr. Tomas Werner
Institute of Biology/Plant Sciences
University of Graz
Schubertstraße 51
8010 Graz, Austria

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