PhD Student/ Doktorand (m/w) in Fungal Biology and Biotechnology

 Technische Universität München  Freising (Weihenstephan)
Our young group is studying how fungi perceive the presence of plant biomass, particularly the plant cell wall polysaccharides, and is using this knowledge to improve biotechnological applications of fungal enzymes. Many questions remain regarding the underlying signal pathways, and we know particularly little regarding their interconnection. Interestingly, we have found that the presence of certain hemicelluloses can confuse cellulose perception in some filamentous fungi. In the current DFG-funded project, we aim to better understand the molecular mechanisms of this inhibition, and would like to engineer fungal strains that are insensitive. Since this project is a collaborative project with the Tianjin Inst. of Industrial Biotechnology (Chinese Academy of Sciences), mobility between the two countries is essential.

Requirements / Your Profile:
  • Very good university degree (Master (MSc.), Diploma (Univ.)) in Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, or similar
  • Experience with microbiology and genetics techniques (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9) and fungal strain engineering is highly desirable
  • Familiarity with specialized data analysis software and data banks
  • Ability to work independently while being motivated to perform as an active part of our project team (TUM and TIB in China)
  • Very good proficiency in English and German (spoken and written)
  • Participation in a collaborative project with international partners to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of plant cell wall perception in filamentous fungi
  • Disseminating your project results to the public via peer-reviewed publications and talks on ntl./intl. conferences
  • Participation in teaching and student supervision
We are offering:
  • A three-year contract (goal: dissertation) at TV-L E13 65% (DFG project)
  • A work place in a young, dynamic team in Freising-Weihenstephan at the WZW
  • Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications
  • TUM explicitly encourages applications from women (Art. 7 Abs. 3 BayGlG)
  • Appointment to be filled as soon as possible
Application / Contact:
Please send applications including supporting documentation in English (letter of motivation, CV, certificates, credentials) until Feb. 18th at the latest to the given address (preferred by email as a single pdf-file).
Send application to
Technische Universität München
TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
Holzforschung München – Wood Bioprocesses
Prof. Dr. J. Philipp Benz
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
85354 Freising

phone:              +49-8161-71-4590
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: WB-2018-DFG

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