Amsterdam University offers Postdoctoral Research Position at Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Netherlands
Study Subject(s):Life Sciences
Scholarship Provider: Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Netherlands
The award can be taken at: Netherlands
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The postdoctoral fellow is an experienced molecular biologist, preferably with expertise in the field of transient spectroscopy and/or molecular physiology. The preferred candidate has a strong drive to achieve excellence in research and has the ability to work in a team and also independently.
Scholarship Open for International Students: No
Description: Natural photosynthesis makes only limited use of the available photons in sunlight, i.e. only of the so-called photosynthetically active region (PAR). Furthermore, part of these photons is used to drive ATP synthesis for the maintenance and growth of the phototrophic organism and the concentration of CO2. In this project we aim to bring about a fundamental transition towards more efficient oxygenic photosynthesis by adding a third photosystem (nicknamed PS3), since it will complement the existing photosystems 1 and 2. Synthetic biology will be used to implement this new photosystem that should serve to exploit the photons > 700 nm, i.e. outside the PAR, for modulating the proton gradient across the (cytoplasmic) membrane. In this way the additional energy input will be used to produce additional ATP that can be used for metabolic purposes and CO2 concentration. This will decrease/obviate the need for cyclic electron flow in the organism.
How to Apply: Online
application Deadline: 16 September 2011