11.09.2023

Postdoctoral Researcher (f,m,d) in plant heat stress adaptation

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 Potsdam/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 scientist will be part of the research group “Stress and Developmental Integration”. Our group is interested to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the developmental adaptations of plants to recurring temperature stresses. This knowledge will help us to contribute to the breeding of climate-resilient crops.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious:

Postdoctoral Researcher (f,m,div) in plant heat stress adaptation

Reference number: 25/2023/1

Employment will be initially for two years. The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, up to EG 13, full time. The position is suitable for part-time work.

The project aims to investigate how plant developmental pathways respond to temperature changes and how plants remember temperature stress to become more resilient at the cellular level. We are specifically focused on the shoot apical meristem of both Arabidopsis thaliana and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum).

Tasks include

  • designing of assays to analyze the dynamics and responsiveness of gene expression in response to temperature
  • identifying the transcriptional regulatory network for heat stress in the meristem
  • working with other team members to analyze and investigate experimental datasets
  • writing scientific publications and presentation of results to an international scientific audience

We are looking for candidates with

  • a Ph.D. in plant biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or genetics
  • experience in developing and implementing to study temperature responses
  • knowledge and experience in cloning, ChIP-seq and assays for transcriptional regulation
  • experience in working with Arabidopsis and/or tomato plants
  • very good knowledge of English (both oral and written)
  • high degree of responsibility, accuracy, and ability to focus and prioritize
  • readiness to integrate into an international working environment

We offer

  • the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary way on a cutting-edge research project related to plant science
  • an attractive workplace with first-class laboratory equipment near Potsdam and Berlin
  • a pleasant and appreciative working atmosphere
  • flexible and family-friendly working time models and the possibility of mobile working (up to 50% of working time)
  • subsidy for the company ticket for local public transport or the Germany ticket

More information on about the IGZ you can find under www.igzev.de. For questions, please contact: Dr. Justyna Olas-Apelt (+49(0)33701 78 244; olas(at)igzev.de).

We encourage a healthy work-life balance. The IGZ attaches great importance to equal opportunities. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualifications. The IGZ embraces diversity in its workforce, and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief or ethnic origin.

Please send a motivation letter stating why this is an interesting topic for you as well as your CV, names of two references, copies of academic certificates, and indicate your earliest possible starting date.

We prefer to receive applications citing the reference number send by email to bewerbung(at)igzev.de in pdf format by 15.10.2023. Our postal address is: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren.