PhD student on „Transcriptomics for the selection and validation of gene-expression markers for stress tolerance in tomato” (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, nutritional 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.

The project VEG_ADAPT (funded in Germany by BMBF) is a collaborative research effort between 13 partners from eight different European countries to devise novel strategies for the generation of climate resilient horticultural plants. At IGZ, we seek to unravel the biological mechanisms of stress tolerance in selected tomato genotypes and their grafts using a multi-omics approach. In order to make a strong contribution to the joint project, we are looking for a enthusiastic and ambitious student:

PhD student on „Transcriptomics for the selection and validation of gene-expression markers for stress tolerance in tomato” (f/m/d)

(Reference number: 30/2019/1)

The position starts on January 1st 2020 and are initially limited to September 30th 2022.

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).

Tasks include

  • phenotyping of tomato genotypes and potential rootstocks under stress conditions
  • gene expression profiling by RNA Seq and qRT-PCR
  • development of metabolite- and transcriptome-markers, respectively, for stress tolerance
  • contribution to the necessary national and EU reports
  • collaboration with EU partners and contribution to workshops organized within the VEG_ADAPT project

We are looking for candidates with

  • a MSc degree or diploma in biology or related field with a strong emphasis on molecular biology and transcriptomics
  • a strong interest in –omics data analyses with a basic knowledge in statistics and bioinformatics (R/linux)
  • 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
  • collaboration with interesting and successful labs from different European countries

VEG_ADAPT at IGZ is a collaboration by three IGZ labs, FUNCT.2 Prof. Frederik Börnke (supervisor), FUNCT.3 Dr. Dietmar Schwarz and QUALITY.2 Prof. Susanne Baldermann.

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, proof of qualifications, and names of two references.

Contact: Dr. Dietmar Schwarz (+49(0)33701 78 207; schwarz(at)igzev.de).

Further information can also be found in recent publications from our labs: e.g. Ntatsi et al. 2017 DOI: N 10.3389/fpls.2017.00911; Börnke and Schwarz 2019. Advances in understanding and mitigating vegetable responses to abiotic stress. Chapter 2 in Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing; Nietzsche et al. 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.cpb.2015.10.004; Errard et al., 2016 DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01256.

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, race, religion or ethnic background.

Please send your application citing the reference number of 17.11.2019 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.