PhD student in „Plant Signal Transduction/Nutrient Signaling“ (f/m/d)

Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), Großbeeren

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren close to Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from different disciplines work together on core-funded and grant-funded projects, in collaboration with national and international research partners.

Our group is interested to unravel the molecular mechanisms of how plants interact with their environment. In order to strengthen our activities to investigate the SnRK1 low-energy signaling pathway in plants on the molecular level we are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious

PhD student in „Plant Signal Transduction/Nutrient Signaling“ (f/m/d)

(Reference number: 26/2019/1)

Employment will be initially for three years.

The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to EG 13 (65% of the regular working time).

The current PhD project aims at the characterization of novel molecular components of SnRK1-signaling in Arabidopsis and horticultural plants and the elucidation of their roles in plant environmental adaptation.

Tasks include

  • generation of DNA constructs for protein expression in plants, yeast and bacteria
  • generation of transgenic Arabidopsis and tobacco plants, in vitro plant cultivation
  • identification and characterization of protein-protein interactions using the yeast two-hybrid system and bi-molecular fluorescence complementation
  • biochemical analysis of protein kinase activity and identification of post-translational modifications using proteomics
  • gene expression profiling by RNA Seq and qRT-PCR

We are looking for candidates with

  • a MSc degree or diploma in biology or related field with a strong emphasis on molecular and cellular biology
  • a firm background in the field of plant biochemistry and metabolism
  • good proficiency in English (both oral and written)

We offer

  • an inspiring and dynamic research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities
  • extensive supervision and an exciting project of considerable fundamental and applied relevance
  • a place of employment located close to the city of Berlin

Please send a strong motivation letter stating why this is an interesting topic for you and why you have the right attitude and expertise to make progress in this field. Also send your CV, names of two references, qualifications and indicate your earliest possible starting date.

The IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially. The IGZ wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background.

Contact: Prof. Frederik Börnke (+49(0)33701 78 219; boernke(at)igzev.de)

Further information can also be found in recent publications from our lab (e.g. Nietzsche et al., (2016) Current Plant Biology 5: 36; Nukarinen et al., (2016) Scientific Reports 6: 31697; Nietzsche et al., (2014) Frontiers in Plant Science 5:  25; Nietzsche et al., (2018) Plant Physiology 176: 1773-1792).

Please send your application citing the reference number to Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to personal(at)igzev.de.

The selection process starts immediately and continues until the position is filled.