PhD Positions in Plant Biology at University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

PhD Fellowship IN Switzerland
PhD Positions in Plant Biology: The Laboratory of Plant Molecular and Cell Biology, led by Prof. Joop Vermeer at the University of Neuchâtel, is seeking two motivated PhD students to join their research team. These positions offer an exciting opportunity to explore intercellular communication and root development using advanced molecular and genetic techniques.

PhD Positions in Plant Biology at University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland


PhD Student in Plant Biology

Research Area

Plant Molecular and Cell Biology with a focus on lateral root formation and intercellular communication in Arabidopsis thaliana, Cardamine hirsuta, and Brachypodium distachyon.


Neuchâtel, Switzerland


  • Master’s degree in biology
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written)
  • Willingness to assist with practical courses
  • Previous experience in one or more of the following areas is advantageous:
    • (Molecular) genetics
    • Cytoskeleton studies
    • Confocal microscopy and/or histology
    • Plant physiology
    • Statistical analyses and computational approaches (e.g., using R, Python, Alphafold)

Job Description

Project 1 (Starting August 2024)

Title: Fast Phosphoproteomics to Understand Pericycle/Endodermis Communication During Lateral Root Formation

Description: In collaboration with Prof. Dolf Weijers (WUR, NL), this project aims to characterize candidates that are differentially phosphorylated between wild-type and spatial accommodation mutants. The goal is to deepen the understanding of biochemical and mechanical signal integration during root branching.

Project 2 (Starting February 2025)

Title: Understanding Endodermis Dedifferentiation During Lateral Root Formation

Description: This project involves investigating the dedifferentiation process of the endodermis during lateral root formation in Brachypodium. Additionally, it aims to understand the role of local auxin signaling in the exodermis.

We Offer:

  • Fully funded employment with social benefits
  • Access to networking and workshops through the CUSO Molecular Plant Science doctoral program (
  • Collaborative and dynamic environment within the Institute of Biology at UniNE (
  • Exceptional opportunities for collaboration and access to state-of-the-art technical platforms

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send the following documents to Prof. Joop Vermeer via email at

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Names and contact details of two referees

Last Date to Apply

Positions will remain open until filled. Preferred starting dates are August 2024 for Project 1 and February 2025 for Project 2.

For more information, please contact Prof. Joop Vermeer via email (



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