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Postdoctoral position in MS-based identification of secondary metabolites crucial for plant-rhizobacteria interactions

The position is available from December 2014. The candidate will be responsible for the establishment of a mass spectrometry-based profiling platform for secondary metabolites in plants to study metabolites with relevance for plants-rhizobacteria interactions.
The position is offered in the context of the German Excellence Initiative which promotes outstanding research at German universities. CEPLAS is a joint effort of University of Cologne, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Researchers of these institutions are pursuing inventive strategies for sustainable plant production. The position is located in the research team of Prof. Dr. Ulf-Ingo Flügge at the Cologne Biocenter of the University of Cologne.
Job Description: Exploration of metabolic interdependencies between Arabidopsis / Arabidopsis accessions / mutants and their root-asssociated bacterial community with special emphasis on glucosinolates, phenylpropanoids and terpenes.
Your Qualifications: PhD degree in Plant Biology / Biochemistry / Chemistry or a closely related field. Apart from sound expertise in Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, knowledge in plant physiology, molecular biology, ecology, and multivariate statistics/bioinformatics is desirable.

Payment is (if terms and conditions of the collective agreement are fulfilled) according to the German civil servant pay scale in TV-L E13. The position is initially for 2 years. A prolongation is possible.
Applications from women are explicitly invited. Women with comparable qualifications will receive particular consideration, unless another applicant displays compelling reasons to prefer this person. Disabled persons with equal qualifications will be given priority.

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How to apply:
The deadline for application is 02nd November 2014
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Applicants are requested to send their curriculum vitae, description of previous professional activity, list of publications, copies of certificates and diplomas electronically as one pdf document to Prof. Dr. Ulf-Ingo Flügge (ui.fluegge@uni-koeln.de) who should also be contacted for further information.

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Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
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50923 Köln
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences