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Wood Development Group
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Wood Development Group Institute of Biotecnology Viikinkaari 1 (P.O.Box 65)
00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358-9-1911
fax +358-9-1915 9366

Yrjö Helariutta
+358-9-191 59422

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Open positions
 We are searching for a PhD student and a post-doctoral fellow to carry out research in the following areas:

(1) Symplastic communication. We have recently identified extragenic suppressor mutations for a gain-of-function allele of Callose Synthase 3 (CalS3) locus (Vaten et al. Dev Cell 21:1144-55). We believe these mutations provide an interesting entry point for understanding how callose regulates cell-to-cell movement of developmental signals through plasmodesmata.

(2) Secondary phase of vascular development during root development in Arabidopsis. We are investigating how cytokinin regulates cambial development (Mähönen et al. Science 311:94-98; Nieminen et al. PNAS 105:20032-7). We have identified new components as an entry point both based on genetic screens and microarrays.

Applicants should send the following to 1) a cover letter describing previous achievements, future career ambitions and motivation for this position; 2) curriculum vitae with a list of publications and contact information of two referees.

The deadline for applications is September 30th, 2012. However, the position can be filled earlier if a suitable candidate is found.

For more information, please feel free to contact Professor Helariutta.