MENTOR aims at providing insights into the molecular mechanisms of plant acclimation to stress. Nine highly experienced and competent research groups with complementary expertise in distinct aspects of plant stress responses will convey the necessary expertise to address these challenges.
The program is hosted by the University of Vienna in cooperation with the Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI of the Austrian Academy of Sciences), the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU).
We are looking for highly motivated applicants that would like to work in the fields of plant stress biology focusing on post-translational protein modifications. We are employing methods of plant physiology, from biochemistry, cell biology, next generation -omics, and genetics, to cutting-edge phenotyping. The combination of transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic analyses combined with network analysis and modeling will guide through the discovery of regulatory principles of stress responses. MENTOR early-stage researchers will thus have the unique opportunity to be trained in and to apply diverse state-of-the-art technologies, allowing a comprehensive approach for their research projects.
A combination of seminars, lectures, workshops with international specialists, and the individual research projects will provide excellent training. In addition, research visits abroad and participation in international congresses are encouraged. Moreover, MENTOR exposes the young researchers also to a diverse set of international research projects including many non-academic partners, which will boost their future career perspectives. Finally, in addition to the scientific knowledge, a strong focus will be on the training in transferable skills.
By joining us, you will become part of a diverse group of students being educated and inspired by MENTOR to unlock your intellectual potential and to help you to become a successful innovation leader. This way, you will address key questions in plant sciences that are of high scientific and social relevance.