Postdoc pos: Functional-structural analysis of SOG1 in response to phosphate starvation

Ghent VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

10 Jan 2022


VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

Lieven De Veylder Lab



About VIB 

The VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology (PSB, ) is a world-leading plant science institute with the mission to unravel the biology of plants and use the insights gained to improve the sustainability of agriculture and the climate change resilience of crops.

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

The Cell Cycle group led by Prof. Lieven De Veylder at PSB (Ghent, Belgium) aims at understanding how plants adapt their cell cycle programs to environmental cues. Key fundamental cell cycle aspects identified in the team are used to study well-defined biological problems, such as the regeneration of wounded tissues and the effects of climate change on the DNA integrity and yield of crops.

Job description

The De Veylder lab is looking to recruit one highly motivated Postdoc who will be involved in elucidating the biochemical control of the cell cycle checkpoint regulator SOG1. Recently the team identified through a chemical genomics screen the Casein Kinase 2 (CK2) as an activator of SOG1. CK2 and SOG1 were found to control cell proliferation in response to low phosphate ability. In a follow-up project, we aim to understand how CK2 controls SOG1 at the structural level and identify additional cell cycle regulators under control of CK2.


  • A Postdoc degree (for not longer than 3 years) in bio-engineering, biochemistry/biotechnology, or molecular biology
  • Proven experience in protein biochemistry
  • You can take initiative, function well in a team, and have a hands-on mentality, perseverance, and critical mind-set
  • Proficient use of the English language for both oral and written communication

We offer

  • A two-year Postdoc grant according to the Belgian system
  • A working climate where trust, international collaboration, and commitment are essential
  • Access to state-of-the-art tools and infrastructure within an excellence-based research institute
  • A stimulating and supportive international research environment
  • Various training opportunities to broaden your expertise and skills

How to apply?

Please use the online VIB application tool.

Make sure your application is a single pdf file, including:

  • A detailed CV
  • A maximum 3-page summary of past research activities
  • A one-page letter of intent describing how your research experiences and interests are aligned with those of the labs and research topic
  • The names and contact details of 3 referees

The position is available from January 1, 2022. Reviewing of applications will start 01/01/2022 and the position will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

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