Description of the thesis topic: Within the framework of a research project supported by the ANR, the PhD student will study the influence of the chloroplast on chromatin architecture in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. The Institute of Biology of École normale supérieure (IBENS) is a fundamental research centre in Life sciences. Our research aims at deciphering the fundamental mechanisms at the core of biological processes.

IBENS (ENS, CNRS and Inserm joint unit) hosts over 300 people in 30 autonomous teams. The research environment is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, and combines experimental and theoretical approaches. Our activities cover fields as various as functional genomics, neurobiology, developmental biology, ecology and evolution biology.

Several technological platforms, notably in imaging, genomics, computational biology and proteomics, provide a robust support to the activities of the different teams. Our research also benefits from the high potential of interactions with other scientific departments in ENS (physics, chemistry, mathematics, informatics, etc.). ENS is deeply involved in the formation of students and young researchers at all levels.
The Plant and Algal Genomics host team, led by Dr. Chris Bowler, includes 24 members (researchers, lecturers, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students and ITAs). The objective of the team is to understand the adaptive mechanisms of photosynthetic organisms (plants and microalgae) to their environment.

In this context, the PhD student’s thesis project will focus on the influence of intracellular communications between chloroplasts and the nucleus on the spatial organization of chromatin and transcription. The thesis will be directed by Clara Richet-Bourbousse (CNRS Research scientist) and the PhD student will benefit from the expertise of Fredy Barneche (CNRS Director of research) and technical support from Mhairi Davidson (Research engeneer).

He/she will participate and present his/her results regularly at laboratory meetings with all team members. The PhD student will be registered at the University of Paris Saclay where he/she will benefit from an annual follow-up committee and several trainings.

Reference : UMR8197-NATBOI-132
Workplace : PARIS 05
Scientific Responsible name : Clara Richet-Bourbousse
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

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Application Deadline: 09/09/2022 23:59 – Europe/Brussels

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