Plants possess an unparalleled regeneration capacity, allowing them to survive severe stress conditions such as injury, herbivory attack, and dramatic weather conditions. Previously, we have identified within Arabidopsis thaliana key molecular components that control stem cell replenishment following cell death (1-5). In follow-up work, we aim to understand the pathways operating upstream and use this knowledge to increase the regeneration potential of difficult-to-propagate tree species. This project is financed by an ERC-Adv grant.


  1. Y. Liang et al., The wound-activated ERF15 transcription factor drives Marchantia polymorpha regeneration by activating an oxylipin biosynthesis feedback loop. Sci Adv 8, eabo7737 (2022).
  2. B. Canher et al., Rocks in the auxin stream: wound-induced auxin accumulation and ERF115 expression synergistically drive stem cell regeneration. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 117, 16667-16677 (2020).
  3. B. Canher et al., The regeneration factors ERF114 and ERF115 regulate auxin-mediated lateral root development in response to mechanical cues. Mol Plant,  (2022).
  4. J. Heyman et al., The heterodimeric transcription factor complex ERF115-PAT1 grants regeneration competence. Nat. Plants 2, 16165 (2016).
  5. J. Heyman et al., ERF115 controls root quiescent center cell division and stem cell replenishment. Science 342, 860-863 (2013).



  • Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology, Molecular Biology or equivalent
  • A publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • You are fluent in English (spoken and written).
  • You are aware of today‚Äôs cutting-edge technologies and their possibilities (including CRISPR and new sequencing technologies).
  • You have a good background in statistical analysis or bioinformatics
  • Candidates with experience in metabolomics and/or genome-wide association studies will be prioritized.

We offer

  •   A 3-year postdoctoral position.
  • A multidisciplinary highly stimulating and supporting international research environment.
  • Access to state-of-the-art tools and infrastructure.
  • Mentoring, supervision, and training to be the next-generation scientist, including transferable skills training programs available through VIB and UGent.

How to apply? 

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.

The application should consist of

  • Your CV in pdf format
  • Your motivation letter expressing your interest and suitability for the position (pdf format)
  • A transcript of your Ph.D. degree
  • A reference letter from your Master thesis supervisor and/or other references.

The first review of applications will start on November 3rd. A shortlist of applicants will be selected and invited for online interviews. 

The position remains open until a suitable candidate is found. The position can be started immediately.

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