PhD candidate (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), Halle

The Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), a member of the Leibniz Association and foundation under public law, is an international research institute located on the Weinberg Campus of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany. The Department of Molecular Signal Processing invites applications to fill the position of a

PhD candidate (m/f/d)

in the molecular biosciences with a focus on early signalling events in in plant root endosymbioses.

The project

A tightly regulated nutrient homeostasis is vital for every cell. Plants have evolved elaborate systems to sense and signal extracellular and intracellular e.g. phosphate and nitrogen levels and to regulate cellular nutrient concentrations. Most land plants establish Arbuscular Mycorrhiza (AM) with phosphate-acquiring fungi, and selected members of the Fabales, Fagales, Cucurbitales and Rosales engage in root nodule symbiosis with diazotrophic bacteria. While many genes involved in symbiont perception and subsequent genetic reprogramming have been identified and well characterized, the signaling events that take place between the plasma membrane and the nucleus during the establishment of a successful symbiosis and the signaling hubs connecting symbiosis with nutrient homeostasis remain largely obscure.To shed light on this, we will employ biochemical, genetic, and cell biology approaches and focus on the role of (PP)-InsP ligands and putative precursors during symbiosis and nutrient homeostasis in L. japonicus to illuminate the interplay of these different plant strategies to overcome nutrient limitations.

Your profile

Candidates (m/f/d) must hold a Diploma or Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, or in a closely related field with research training and experience in one of the following areas: plant molecular biology/genetics, plant cell biology/physiology or protein biochemistry/structural biology. Basic knowledge in plant-microbe interactions would be highly appreciated.

Our offer

We offer an institute-funded position in a small and enthusiastic team, embedded in a multinational, interdisciplinary, and highly stimulating scientific environment. The IPB is a top-notch research institute focussed on plant biochemistry. State-of-the-art equipment and exceptional expertise provide an ideal set-up to conduct the proposed research and perfectly match the requirements of the project. The appointment will be for three years. Salary and social/health benefits will be based on German law (public employees, TV-L E 13, 65%). We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities in the frame of our doctoral training program and the Leibniz Research School PlantBioChem. Please, contact Dr. Martina Ried for additional information (mried(at)ipb-halle.de; Phone: +49 (0) 345 5582 1220).


Don’t hesitate, we look forward to receiving your application!  Send a cover letter describing research accomplishments and interests, a CV (including publications), contact details of two referees, and copies of educational transcripts as a single PDF file quoting reference number 19/2021 to bewerbungen(at)ipb-halle.de. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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The successful applicant (m/f/d) with a degree that was not obtained at a German university must submit a certificate assessment for foreign university qualifications (Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications) from the Central Office for Foreign Education (https://www.kmk.org/zab/central-office-for-foreign-education).