PhD in Fungal Effector Biology

The Terrestrial Microbiology lab at the University of Cologne invites applications for two PhD students in fungal genetics / comparative genomics. The offered positions is part of a DFG-funded project on cell-type specific functions of fungal effector proteins. Major goal of the project is to
uncover on the molecular level, how the maize pathogen Ustilago maydis induces tumor formation in maize leaves.

Activities and responsibilities

»» Identify tumor-inducing effector proteins CRISPR/Cas9 mediated mutagenesis will be used to 
      functionally analyze tumor-inducing U. maydis effectors
»» Study cell-type specific effects of tumor-inducing effectors using a cell biology approach
»» Identify the plant targets of tumor-inducing effector proteins
»» Understand the process of pathogen-induced tumor formation on the molecular level

Qualification profile

»» Fascination with fungal genetics, cell biology and molecular plant pathology
»» A MSc in Biology or comparable, demonstrated skills in fungal genetics and/ or molecular plant
     biology are mandatory
»» Excellent English skills, both written and spoken
»» Hands-on experience in confocal microscopy and sample preparation for fluoresence imaging is


»» a diverse and fair working environment
»» support in reconciling work and family life
»» flexible working time models
»» extensive advanced training opportunities
»» occupational health management offers
»» local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

Send application to

Professor Dr. Günther Döhlemann

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About Universität zu Köln

Institute for Theoretical Physics We do theoretical physics from cosmology and quantum gravity to biophysics and evolution; from mathematical physics to quantum effects in novel materials. Close collaboration with experimental physicists, mathematicians and biologists is an important aspect of our work. This has given rise to several interdisciplinary projects and funding initiatives.  

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