Researcher in Phytopathology (m/f/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.

IGZ is looking from 1.1.2023, limited until 30.9.2024, in the Program Area System Plant-Microorganisms the following position for the BMBF-funded project "KombiAktiv - Combined use of bioactive secondary plant compounds and root symbiotic microorganisms for biological control of diseases in horticultural crops".

Researcher in Phytopathology (m,f,d)

Reference Number: 27/2022/2

The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to EG 13,  part-time 50% of regular working hours.

The researcher will work in the research group "MICRO.1 - Fundamentals of Integrated Pest Management" of Dr. Rita Grosch. The research group mainly investigates the interactions between plants, microbes and the environment to support sustainable crop production systems. The position to be filled will work within the BMBF-supported project "KombiAktiv".

Tasks include

  • planning and design of complex greenhouse, climate chamber and field trials with asparagus and basil
  • analysis and statistical evaluation of the trial results
  • presentation and publication of research results

We are looking for

  • a master degree and a PhD in the field of horticulture or phytopathology
  • in-depth knowledge in phytopathology and with horticultural plant systems
  • extensive biological background knowledge in biological control of plant diseases
  • experience in dealing with obligate plant pathogens especially downy mildew pathogens
  • proven publication record in the specified fields in international journals
  • ability to work in a team and very good communication skills in German and in English language
  • readiness to integrate into an international working environment

We offer

  • the opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary basis on a current research project
  • a challenging job in horticultural science
  • an attractive place of employment located close to the cities of Potsdam and Berlin with first-class experimental conditions
  • participation in a successful, dedicated and team-oriented research group
  • flexible and family-friendly working time models and the possibility of mobile working (up to 50% of working time)

For questions please contact: Dr. Rita Grosch (+49(0)33701 78 207; grosch(at)igzev.de).

We support the compatibility of work, family and care. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to the IGZ. People with disabilities are given preference in employment if they have equivalent qualifications. The IGZ is characterized by the diversity of its employees and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ideology or ethnic origin.

Please send informative written applications by 7.12.2022, quoting the reference number, preferably in PDF format, to personal(at)igzev.de or by post to the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, 14979 Großbeeren.

Further information on the IGZ is available at www.igzev.de.