Biologist as Doctoral researcher (PhD student)

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 working group Cryo- and Stress Biology we are looking for a Doctoral researcher (PhD student).

Employment starting on 1st July 2016 and is limited for 36 months.
The Cryo- and Stress Biology working group is an integral part of the Federal ex-situ Genebank for agricultural and horticultural plants and responsible for in-vitro storage and cryopreservation of currently 1,700 accessions. In order to guarantee viable long-term storage of valuable plant material, scientific research is performed to optimize cryoprotocols and to investigate stress response mechanism.

Your tasks:
You will carry out physiological, biochemical and genetic mechanism of wheat pollen viability. Wheat pollen are classified as short living that die within short periods after shedding. You will explore physiological backgrounds, work on metabolic profiles and use quantitative genetic methods to predict pollen viability and may provide a breeders tool for crossing management. You will publish your work in talks on national and international conferences and in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Your qualification:
You have a university degree (Master, Diplom) in biology, agricultural sciences or a related science. Essential are skills in the areas of plant biochemistry or plant sciences. You have practical experience in laboratory work, have basic knowledge of statistical analysis (e.g. by using R) and enhanced English skills. Further practical experience of cryobiology or plant tissue culture would be beneficial.

If you need further information feel free to contact Dr. Manuela Nagel. You reach her under or phone +49 (0) 39482 5156.

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 50% E13 TV-L.
How to apply:
Please send your application (incl. CV, letter of interest and degree certificates) by e-mail until 24.04.2016 to Ms. Gläser citing the reference number 20/03/16.
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. Gläser
Corrensstraße 3, OT Gatersleben
06466 Stadt Seeland
phone: +49 (0) 39482 5101
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: 20/03/16

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Das IPK ist eine außeruniversitäre Forschungseinrichtung und gehört der Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V. (WGL) an. Im Zentrum der grundlagen- und anwendungsorientierten, interdisziplinären Forschung des IPK steht die Erarbeitung neuer Erkenntnisse zu biologischen Prozessen in Pflanzen und neuer Technologien mit dem Ziel einer umfassenden Nutzung...

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