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Plant carotenoids are important pigments that act as antioxidants in the human body upon consumption of fresh vegetables. The PhD project is focused on the control of plant carotenoid production as an effect of varietal (genetic), growing and postharvest (environmental) factors. The project includes studies on spinach, tomato and carrot as leafy, fruity and rooty crops, respectively. The crops will be grown under various environmental conditions in both climate rooms, greenhouses, and field. Post-harvest storage conditions as well as resulting taste differences are also part of the research. The working environment is highly divers and you will be exposed to multiple disciplines in both the academic as the commercial world. Integration of these different disciplines is key to be successful in this project.
As PhD candidate you will take care of your own research project in an independent manner, although supervision by experienced researchers is available within the group. You will:
We seek a colleague who is passionate about plants and research. You must have a flexible mindset since you will start in a new institute of UM at the Venlo Brightlands campus and there is a close interaction between academics and industry
Our ideal candidate has:
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. For more information, visit www.maastrichtuniversity.nl.
Faculty of Science and Engineering
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is home to several outstanding departments and institutions covering education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the liberal arts and sciences.
Research at the Plant Envirogenetics Department of Maastricht University focusses on the optimization of nutritive value (e.g. vitamins and antioxidants) at the consumer level by integrating the genetics, the plant production, and the post-harvest handling in commercial settings of vegetable crops.
The Endowed Chair Plant Envirogentics resides within the Faculty of Science & Engineering
Maastricht University participates in the four regional Brightlands campuses: local tech ecosystems where fundamental and applied research, state-of-the-art facilities, industry partners and students meet. The current vacancy is related to the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo. In addition, the university itself offers no shortage of inspiring collaborators through our international network and the five other faculties of UM.
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