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Do not look past! The Epidiverse project is hiring: 15 vacancies for a PhD position at the partner institutes all over Europe.

The EpiDiverse consortium will train 15 Early Stage Researchers to become expert eco-epigeneticists, equipping them with the interdisciplinary skills - molecular, (epi)genomic, ecological and bioinformatics - to successfully tackle this new research area. EpiDiverse training will emphasize empirical and informatics skills to become fluent and creative in extracting knowledge from big ‘omics data in natural contexts.

EpiDiverse - Epigenetic Diversity in Ecology - is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network aimed at the study of epigenetic variation in wild plant species. This network joins academic groups from ecology, molecular (epi)genetics and bioinformatics with life science companies to explore epigenetic mechanisms and their adaptive relevance in natural plant populations.

The cross-disciplinary research program investigates how epigenetic mechanisms, in interaction with environments and transposable elements, contribute to variation that is relevant for the adaptive capacity of plants. By applying epigenomic research tools to a selection of different wild plants (including long-lived trees, annual and asexually reproducing species) we investigate how epigenetic mechanisms as well as their ecological relevance differs between plant species. Understanding the epigenetic contribution to adaptive capacity will help to predict species responses to global warming and can open new directions for sustainable agriculture and crop breeding.

EpiDiverse is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme and involves 12 partners from academia, non-profit organizations and industry located in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy and Austria.  

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Published: Oct 16, 2017 03:55 PM

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