PhD position in plant molecular biology/genomics - Receptor Like Kinase Signaling

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Trondheim (By), Sør-Trøndelag (NO)
The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale.
May 03 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
PhD Studentship

A PhD position is available at the Department of Biology. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.
The position is financed by the FRIMEDBIO program of the Norwegian Research Council (RCN) and will be linked to the project “A receptor like kinase (LRR-RLK) sensing sugars and tuning plant growth and immunity”

Information about the department
The strategy of the Department of Biology is to understand biological processes of life for sustainable use and conservation of the environment. The Department has an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that is deeply rooted in environmental and evolutionary biology as important links between the different sub-disciplines (cell- and molecular biology, systems biology, physiology, ethology, ecology, population genetics, marine sciences, aquaculture, biodiversity and environmental toxicology). The Department of Biology is the host of the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD), which is a National Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and NTNU. For more information about the department go to:

Job description
The PhD candidate will take part in the deciphering of a control and signaling system sensing extracellular sugar levels. We have identified a Leucine-Rich Repeat Receptor-Like Kinase (LRR-RLK) with a likely function in sensing of extracellular sugars and connecting sugar availability to the regulation of gene expression and growth in model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Synthesis of organic compounds from inorganic through photosynthesis is essential for maintenance of life on Earth. Photosynthesis is a highly efficient and regulated metabolic process to maximize the use of available light, water, CO2 and minerals to produce sugars and minimize damaging effects of by-products. The stored energy in sugars can be used to fuel cellular metabolic processes. In addition, sugars are known as strong signalling molecules that regulate growth and development. Sugar production, transportation and consumption are tightly regulated processes. Molecular components and pathways involved in sugar and metabolite status sensing and signaling inside the plant cell have been studied comprehensively. In contrast, very little is known about how plants sense and respond to extracellular sugars. The PhD candidate, a post doc, and MSc students will form a research unit performing a set of laboratory and greenhouse level experiments to evaluate physiological and molecular impacts of loss-of-function (knock-out) and over-expression plants for this regulatory system. This group’s research will be an integrated part of the activity in the Cell, Molecular Biology and Genomics Group at Department of Biology, NTNU.

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:

The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in cell/molecular biology/genomics or plant physiology/biochemistry. Wet lab experience is expected and skills in computational biology/ bioinformatics is advantageous. Successful candidate should be dedicated and creative, with a strong ability to work problem-oriented. The applicant must have good social skills, a proactive attitude, ability to co-operate and interact as well as to work independently.

The regulations for PhD programmes at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc.

Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Terms of employment
The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from professor Atle M. Bones, Department of Biology, NTNU, Phone: 91897237, E-mail:

Information about the project leader at:, the department at: and NTNU at:

The application
Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on English language proficiency test) and reference letters should be submitted. Please combine all attachments into one pdf file if possible.

Applications must be submitted electronically through (ID-search 151930).
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The reference number of the position is: NT- 64/18

Application deadline: June 1, 2018.