General information

Reference : UMR5004-CECABA-006
Date of publication : Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months (with possible extension up to 2.5 years)
Expected date of employment : 1 September 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Gross salary is 2500-3000 €/month depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent


This position is open to work on the control of plant water transport by the stress hormone abscisic acid (ABA). Research will be carried out in the group of Dr Christophe Maurel in the Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology department (Montpellier, France). This work will be developed in the frame of a French-German ANR-DFG project in close collaboration with the group of Prof. Erwin Grill (Technical University Münich, Germany). The overall project will use Arabidopsis thaliana to elucidate how water homeostasis is achieved through tissue-specific effects of ABA and communication between roots and leaves.


The post-doctoral researcher will investigate how the different hormone sensitivities and actions of ABA on Arabidopsis root and guard cell hydraulics are realized. The work will include a detailed molecular analysis of prototypic ABA signaling modules targeting aquaporins. Plants expressing deregulated signaling components will be prepared and tissue-specific ABA-induced phosphorylation signatures will be determined by proteomics. ABA-dependent water transport in these materials will be measured using techniques already available in the group.


Candidates must hold a doctorate and proven research skills evidenced by high quality publications. We are seeking a highly motivated and independent scientist with a strong background in plant molecular physiology. Previous experience in cell signaling and/or protein phosphorylation will be appreciated. Fluency in English and a good team spirit are also essential.

Work Context

The host group has world-wide recognized records in plant hydraulics and stress physiology ( (Shahzad Z et al., 2016, Cell 167:87; Rodrigues et al., 2017, PNAS 114: 9200, Tang et al., 2018, Nat. Commun. 9: 3884, Prado et al., 2019, Plant Cell, 31:417).

Additional Information

All the applications that will not be registered via the CNRS job portal will not be studied.

Application should be submitted preferentially before July 1st, 2019. It should include a CV, a description of previous research experience and names and addresses of three possible referees. The position will remain open until it is filled.