[Taxacom] PhD student in Plant Biology/Bioinformatics
koen.geuten at yale.edu
Tue Oct 9 08:25:17 CDT 2007
PhD student in Plant Biology
The Laboratory of Plant Systematics is part of the Department of
Biology at the K.U.Leuven (Belgium). Our lab has a strong expertise
in plant systematics, including flower morphology and ontogeny,
evodevo, palynology, molecular systematics, wood and seed anatomy.
Our team include three postdocs, 12 PhD students and two lab
We now seek a PhD student to build complementary expertise in
bioinformatics and mathematical modelling.
Project: Compilation, informatisation and analysis of morphological
and anatomical data
What is the evolutionary base for morphological differences between
plants? How do these differences emerge during development and how
are they genetically determined? To date it is hard to answer these
questions since we do not have the ICT-tools to integrate develop
mental genetics and comparative morphology/anatomy. We want to tackle
this problem by developing a database with morphological characters
for a large group of flowering plants (basal asterids).
This database will fill three needs:
(1) morphological observations could be linked to mutant phenotypes
using a common terminology (ontology);
(2) mathematical models that explain plant development can be tested;
(3) morphological data become accessible for statistic and
In a first phase, a databank will be designed based on an existing
database for animal-data, but adapted to the specific terminology of
flowering plants. In a second phase, available observations and data
from literature are loaded. In a last phase specific hypotheses and
models can be tested based on the data.
Qualification requirements: Applicants should have a MSc or
equivalent in Biology, Bioinformatics or Bio-engineering with a
strong interest in the natural world and programming.
Funding is provided for 2 years (100%) and the candidate will be
encouraged to enter a doctoral program. The position is open from
January 1st, 2008.
For further information, please visit the lab website at
www.kuleuven.be/bio/sys or contact
Dr. Suzy Huysmans at suzy.huysmans at bio.kuleuven.be
Dr. Koen Geuten koen.geuten at bio.kuleuven.be.
The application should contain a CV, documentations of grades and
exams, a list of two referees with e-mail info, and a description of
motivation and experience relevant to the research project. Please
submit your application to Dr. Suzy Huysmans
(suzy.huysmans at bio.kuleuven.be) before October 20st, 2007.
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