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2 PhD students

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IPK Gatersleben is a large, internationally recognized centre of plant research that addresses problems of modern biology with an emphasis on crop plants. Our scientific expertise integrates a broad diversity of disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying processes of plant development, metabolism, and interactions with the environment. Our research aims at the generation of fundamental knowledge and the development of genetic and biotechnological tools to spur the knowledge-based use of plant-genetic resources to optimize a variety of crop traits. Frequently, this involves co-operation with various national and international universities as well as public-private partnerships.
For the independent BMBF-funded working group of Meiosis we are looking for
2 PhD students

The first position will be available by the 01st of January 2017 and the second position by the 01st of April 2017. Employment will be limited for 36 month in both cases.
We are interested in the process of plant meiosis that generates genetic variation through homologous recombination. Particularly in crop species frequency and distribution of meiotic recombination events are limited and thus represent major challenges for plant breeding. By utilizing molecular genetics, proteomic and cytogenetic approaches we aim to better understand the underlying mechanisms of meiotic recombination control and to translate acquired knowledge into barley (Hordeum vulgare) in order to modify and ultimately manipulate the frequency and distribution of meiotic recombination events.

Your tasks:
The work funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) includes the characterisation of genetic lines and of generated transgenic barley plants. The first project aims to identify whether mutations in genes known from Arabidopsis thaliana or factors influencing crossover (CO) distribution in other species, also alter CO number and distribution in barley. The second project aims to identify whether artificially induced DNA double strand breaks trigger CO formation at pre-defined sites in plant genomes. Both projects are directed to better understand the mechanisms of CO-heterogeneity and the meiotic program in barley. To achieve these objectives various approaches including the generation of transgenic plants, genome editing, proteomics, high-resolution microscopy or live cell imaging will be employed.

Your qualification:
If you are fascinated by plant biology and you want to work in a modern research centre with state of the art facilities and scientists from all over the world then you should definitely join us. You have a master, diploma or equivalent degree in biology or any related field. Knowledge of molecular, cytological and/or biochemical techniques as well as experience in working with plants are desired. Furthermore, solid English skills are a prerequisite for effective work in our multicultural environment.
If you need further information feel free to contact Dr. Stefan Heckmann. You reach him under heckmann@ipk-gatersleben.de or phone + 49 (0) 39482 5216.
The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. The IPK was awarded the Hertie Foundation's work and balance certificate ("berufundfamilie") for its family-friendly working conditions. The IPK campus is located in the immediate vicinity of a local day care center and primary school (Grundschule). Gross salary will be up to 65% E13 TV-L.

Your application:

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Ms. Böhme
Corrensstraße 3 | OT Gatersleben |06466 Seeland | Germany
Email: jobs@ipk-gatersleben.de |phone: +49 (0) 39482 5101

Contact detail

How to apply:
Please send your application (incl. CV, letter of motivation and certificates of university degrees) until 04th of December to Ms. Böhme citing the reference number 53/11/16. Please contact her also for questions regarding the application and selection procedure.
Send application to
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Ms. Böhme
Corrensstraße 3 | OT Gatersleben |06466 Seeland | Germany
Email: jobs@ipk-gatersleben.de |phone: +49 (0) 39482 5101

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Working place
06466 Seeland
Area of expertise
Agricultural Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences