Master Student Internship in Tomato under abiotic stress: a molecular analysis and protection of a formulation comprising biodegradable silicon particles (M/F)

Référence : ERIN-2020-Intern-008

Type: Stagiaire
Type de contrat: Stage
Durée: 6 months
Lieu de travail: Belvaux



The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) that develops advanced technologies and delivers innovative products and services to industry and society. LIST supports the deployment of a number of solutions to a wide range of sectors, including energy, IT, telecommunications, environment, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing at national and European level. Thanks to its location in a collaborative environment, namely the Belval Innovation Campus, LIST accelerates time to market by maximizing synergies with different actors, including the university, the national funding agency and industrial clusters.

The successful candidate will join the Plant Biotechnologies Research Group within the Environmental Research and Innovation Dept. (ERIN). The Group develops different innovative technologies aimed at valorising renewable resources, i.e. plants and plant cells cultivated both in soil and in flasks and bioreactors. The mission is to exploit the biomass and the rich panel of secondary metabolites. The aim of the internship is to understand how different varieties of tomato respond to abiotic stresses and how hydrolysable silicon particles functionalised with quercetin can protect tomato against the stress.




This internship is part of a collaboration with a UK-based company, SiSaf Ltd, specialised in drug delivery.

The goal of the internship is to:

  • Identify the response of tomato varieties to abiotic stress (salt and/or heat), using both molecular biology and assessment of basic physiological parameters
  • Study the effect of the application of hydrolysable silicon particles loaded with quercetin on tomato plants exposed to abiotic stress(es), using both molecular biology and assessment of basic physiological parameters

The candidate will gain knowledge in molecular biology and plant physiology. Additionally, the candidate will gain knowledge on aspects related to confidentiality and intellectual property rights. A regular survey of the patent databases and literature is required in the internship.

It is also expected that the candidate will contribute to the drafting of a paper, in case sufficient data are collected during the internship.





  • Master student (M2) in biology


  • Basic knowledge of molecular biology


  • Good knowledge of English is expected


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