Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Aphid-Plant-Microbiome Interactions, WUR, Netherlands

Postdoc in Netherlands

PhD Scholarship in Aphid-Plant-Microbiome : Embark on an exciting research journey with Wageningen University & Research as we delve into the intricate world of aphid-plant-microbiome interactions. This fully funded PhD position offers you the opportunity to unravel the mechanisms behind how aphids navigate plant resistance through salivary effectors and their symbiotic relationships with microbes. Join an international team of researchers in exploring the forefront of insect-plant interactions and contribute to groundbreaking discoveries in agricultural and ecological sciences.

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Aphid-Plant-Microbiome Interactions

Study Area: Aphid-Plant-Microbiome Interactions

Location: Wageningen, Netherlands


  • MSc degree in Biology, Plant Sciences, Plant Biotechnology, or a related field with a specialization in insect-plant or pathogen-plant interactions.
  • Proficiency in bioassays with plants and insects/pathogens, as well as molecular techniques like RNA/DNA extraction and (q)PCR.
  • Knowledge of plant defenses and effector biology.
  • Motivated to enhance skills in transcriptomics and proteomics data analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written.
  • Ability and willingness to work in an international, collaborative research environment.

Description: In this PhD position, you will conduct cutting-edge research to uncover the intricate dynamics between aphids, plants, and their associated microbiomes. Through a combination of wet lab experiments, molecular assays, and data analysis, you will explore the molecular mechanisms employed by aphids to overcome plant defenses and the role of microbial symbionts in mediating these interactions. Working within the Laboratory of Entomology and the Laboratory of Virology at Wageningen University, you will collaborate with a team of passionate scientists dedicated to understanding and improving agricultural practices.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply directly through the vacancy page on our website. Please submit your application before the deadline on May 6, 2024. For more information about the application process or the position itself, feel free to reach out to Dr. Karen Kloth (karen.kloth@wur.nl) or Dr. Astrid Bryon (astrid.bryon@wur.nl).

Last Date: May 6, 2024

Join us in exploring the potential of nature to revolutionize agriculture and enhance the quality of life for future generations. Wageningen University & Research offers a stimulating environment for personal and professional growth, where your contributions will make a meaningful impact on global food security and environmental sustainability. Apply now and become part of our dynamic research community!



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