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Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/Doktorand Pflanzen-Pathogen-Koevolution

The research group ‘Crop Biodiversity and Breeding Informatics’ is looking for a

Research Associate (65%) - Ph. D. student

to work on a research project on the coevolution of maize and its pathogen Exserohilum turcicum, which causes Northern Corn Leaf Blight. The project is funded by the DFG within the Priority Program SPP1819 “Rapid evolutionary adaptation - Potential and constraints”. The goal of the project is to identify the temporal and spatial dynamics of maize - pathogen coevolution in response to recurrent mass selection for resistance. Evolutionary processes will be inferred by sequencing both maize and pathogen populations using a leaf metagenome approach and a subsequent population genomic analysis that includes coalescent analyses and other methods. The co-evolution experiment are conducted at field sites in Switzerland and South Germany.

Your tasks:
The candidate will be involved in the planning and coordination of the experiments in Germany and Switzerland, leaf sampling and sequencing with project partners. The main task is the analysis of the sequencing data using state-of-the art population and bioinformatics methods. The candidate will work in a larger interdisciplinary team of bioinformaticians, plant breeders and technicians.

Your qualifications:
You have a Master-level degree in population and quantitative genetics, evolutionary biology,  bioinformatics, plant breeding or plant pathology with a strong interest in the quantitative analysis of modern genomic data and the ability to develop and implement your own ideas. A good knowledge of statistics and and basic programming skills (e.g., Python, R) are required and you are expected to acquire additional knowledge of analysis tools and methods in a Linux high performance computing work environment. Training possibilities are offered within the SPP program and in courses at the University of Hohenheim. The collaborative nature of the project requires good organization and communication skills and the ability to work in a team.

The position is available immediately for three years and paid according to the E13 TV-L government salary scale (65% part-time).  The University of Hohenheim is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

At the University of Hohenheim there is a critical mass of well-connected research groups that work on current topics in genetics and related fields. The university is located on a beautiful campus in the South German city of Stuttgart, which has a very good cultural life and a nice surrounding.

How to apply:
Further information can be obtained from or from the address below. Please upload your application (Cover letter, CV, transcripts, publications, a short letter of motivation and research interests, addresses of at least two references) until 4 October 2015 as a single PDF at this link:

Send application to
Prof. Dr. Karl Schmid
Institute of Plant Breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics
Universität Hohenheim
Fruwirthstrasse 21
D-70599 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 459 23487
Twitter: kjschmid
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: SPP-PHD

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