The main aim of this postdoctoral positon is to study the molecular mechanisms responsible for transcriptional activation of the Drosophila embryo after egg fertilization. More specifically this work will involve the characterization of a previously isolated collection of mutants (Pimenta-Marques et al., 2008), identification and characterization of the mutants specifically defective for transcriptional activation, and functional characterization of the relevant gene(s). The goal is to better understand how is transcription initiated de novo in a spatially and temporally controlled manner after egg fertilization.
Ph.D. in Biology and equivalent. Preferential consideration will be given to candidates with previous experience with Drosophila melanogaster.
Net salary: €1.495.00/month; as a reference this is 3.5 times the Portuguese minimum salary. The Fellowship will have the duration of 6 months with the possibility of an extension, starting on 1st March 2009 (or ASAP).
Curriculum Vitae, contacts of previous supervisors, and a Letter of Motivation should be sent by mail or e-mail to the following address:
Rui Gonçalo Martinho - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
Apartado 14 - 2781-901 OEIRAS, Portugal
Application Period: From 1st December 2008 until 31st January 2009.