Groningen, Netherlands
Date Posted
20 Dec 2024

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PhD Project
University of Groningen

PhD position in systems biology / metabolism

Groningen, Netherlands
20 Dec 2024

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Position Description

We have recently obtained initial evidence that yeast metabolism oscillates and that the oscillating metabolism could provide dynamic triggers for cell cycle progression. Here, by making use of RNA-based sensors for so-called flux-signaling metabolites, we would like to unravel the mechanistic basis of the connection between metabolism and cell cycle. For this work, we will use a number of different techniques, such as microscopy, microfluidics, 13C flux analysis, metabolomics, molecular biology, genetics, and many more.

Huberts DHEW, Lee SS, Gonzalez J, Janssens GE, Avalos Vizcarra I, Heinemann M (2013) Construction and use of a microfluidic dissection platform for long-term imaging of cellular processes in budding yeast. Nature Protocols. 8, 1019–1027.

Lee SS, Avalos Vizcarra I, Huberts DHEW, Lee LP, Heinemann M (2012) Whole lifespan microscopic observation of budding yeast aging through a microfluidic dissection platform. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, 109: 4916–4920.

This PhD position is part of a European research-training network, in which young researcher will do their PhD, and thereby will be excellently prepared for the future academic or industrial job market.

PhD students in the network will do exciting science at the interface between RNA biology and metabolism. We will develop RNA-based molecular sensors, with which we can probe cellular metabolism at the single cell level. Such capability will allow us to address important problems in diseases and biotechnology, where increasing evidence suggests that metabolic cell-to-cell heterogeneity is a key problem.

How to Apply

This project is part of the ITN project MetaRNA ( As a PhD student in an ITN (innovative training network) network, you will have – as any other “normal” PhD student – a host lab, where you will be doing your research. ITNs are financially supported by the European Commission because they provide excellent research, training and career aspects (which is something that is sometimes not guaranteed when doing a “normal” PhD). Thus, there a number of benefits being a PhD student in an ITN (see 25 candidates (for the 15 positions) will be invited to recruitments days in Amsterdam (11./12.03.15), where all groupleaders will be present. A decision will be made mid of March. Starting dates will be in summer 2015.

Position Category: Medical & Biological Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Position Tags: systems biology, metabolism, yeast, single cell, and cell cycle. Salary: €30'000 - €40'000.