PhD position: Small RNAs in plant-microbe interaction

The Department of Genetics (Prof. Dr. Martin Parniske, Dr. Arne Weiberg) at the Ludwig-Maximillians University of Munich is offering a PhD position to investigate the role of small regulatory RNAs in plant-microbe interactions.
*Area of research*
Small RNAs direct gene silencing through a mechanism called RNA interference (RNAi). Mobile small RNAs are exchanged between organisms and trigger cross-kingdom RNA silencing during host-microbe interactions. As a virulence strategy, Botrytis cinerea produces mobile small RNAs during host plant infection that hijack the host RNAi pathway and silence important plant immunity genes (Weiberg et al. Science 2013, 342:118-23). We use B. cinerea and the oomycete Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis as our pathogen model systems. Understanding molecular aspects that determine cross-kingdom RNAi is the aim of this PhD project. This is of enormous interest for the implementation of RNAi-based crop protection strategies.
We offer:
  • The possibility to work on a cutting-edge project using state-of-the-art technology in a highly motivated research team
  • A stimulating, diverse and international research environment
Required qualifications:
  • Master or Diploma in Life Sciences (Biology, Microbiology, Botany, Agricultural Sciences)
  • Motivation to solve complex biological problems
  • Excellent communication skills (in English)
  • Experience in Plant Biology, (Small) RNA Biology, Molecular Genetics, or Bioinformatics is beneficial
Complete applications in English should include a CV, a motivation letter, a complete list of publications, a brief statement of research experiences, the addresses of two possible referees, and should be submitted in a single pdf to not later than 31.10.2016.

How to apply:
Send application to
Dr. Arne Weiberg
Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU)
Biocenter, Department for Genetics
Großhadener Strasse 2-4
82152 Martinsried
phone: +49-89-218074731
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