How do plants interpret and respond to their complex and fluctuating environment?


Applications are invited for a NRPDTP funded studentship to investigate how plants combine (integrate) multiple environmental cues to regulate a single signalling pathway required for environmental adaptation of photosynthesis.

The project will be based in the laboratories of Antony Dodd and Richard Morris at the John Innes Centre. The project will use circadian and environmental signalling by sigma factors as a tool to study the computation that is performed by plant cells when combining several environmental signals. The project will also investigate the physiological benefits of environmental signal integration.

Both supervisors are committed to provide an excellent research experience. They will provide training in fundamental plant sciences research using Arabidopsis, and a variety of standard methods for investigating molecular aspects of plant signal transduction. Training will also be provided in specialized methods for investigation of circadian rhythms (e.g. collection and mathematical analysis of circadian timecourse data), mathematical modelling of signal transduction pathways, and paper preparation. The student will have the opportunity to shape the project according to their findings and interests, and will be supported to produce an excellent PhD thesis and publications.