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PhD Students

IPK Gatersleben is one of the leading international Research Institutes in the area of cereal genomics, breeding research, and crop development and performance. It is a recognized center of crop plant research addressing problems of modern biology. Our scientific expertise integrates disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying 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 Genomics of Genetic Resources (GGR) we are looking for two PhD students.

Employment could start from 01.09.2016 for a period of 3 years (in compliance with the law “WissZeitVG”), provided the final approval of the project by the funding agency.

Who we are:
The group Genomics of Genetic Resources is contributing to the international efforts of sequencing the barley and wheat genomes – both among the most important crop species worldwide. We have developed extensive genomic resources and genomic tools to either discover, exploit or utilize genomic diversity for elucidation of mechanisms underlying agronomic traits. We are interested in structural variation of cereal genomes and its impact on genome and haplotype evolution. Recently, we started genotyping of the entire barley genetic resources collection of IPK (>20,000 accessions) as a first step to improve educated selection of genetic resources for allele mining or pre-breeding.

Your tasks:
The candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, IPK Gatersleben, Julius-Kühn-Institute, private Industry) working on the analysis of Nematode resistance in cereal crops. You will be involved in the positional cloning of a nematode resistance QTL in barley and perform comparative genetic analysis of nematode resistance in barley and wheat. Genetic resources will be employed to survey allelic diversity at nemattode resistance QTL loci.

Your qualification:
Applicants must hold a Diploma / Masters in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or areas of Agricultural Sciences. A strong background in standard methods of molecular genetics is required. Own expertise in handling and analyzing large datasets and a solid theoretical background in genome analysis and genome mapping are important advantages. Strong communication skills in English are required. You have strong scientific writing and presentation skills and you are a team player.

If you need further information feel free to contact Dr. Nils Stein. You reach him under or phone +49 (0) 39482 5522.

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.

Your application:
Please send your application (incl. letter of motivation and future research interests, CV, list of publications, certificates of university degrees and latest school report, at least three addresses of reference) until 22.08.2016 to Ms. Gläser citing the reference number 39/07/16. Please contact her also for questions regarding the application and selection procedure.
How to apply:
via Mail
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: 39/07/16

About Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung

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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