Student for a Master thesis (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben


The working group “Seed Development” under the lead of Dr. Jozefus Schippers explores the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the development and stress response in plants. In this project we study the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) which is a pivotal enzyme in the ROS metabolism of plants by the dismutation of superoxide anions into hydrogen peroxide and oxygen. Previous work explored a promising post-translation modification (PTM) on the SOD1 protein level. With this master thesis, we aim to shed additional light on this specific PTM and its physiological role for SOD1. More specific details can be discussed directly.

Your tasks:

In this project, we aim to identify the proteins that establish the PTM on SOD1 and the physiological role of this specific PTM. Therefore, we use a plethora of molecular techniques: Gateway cloning, protein isolation, protein-protein interactions, Western-Blot, and more specific assays.

You fit to us:

  • if you seek an opportunity for obtain your master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology outside of the university.
  • if you enjoy working with plants, bring strong communication skills, are creative, can work independently and have an interest in scientific research.
  • if you have knowledge about the biology of plants, basic molecular lab work, data collection systems (mainly Excel) and basic statistical methods. Specific knowledge in protein assays is advantageous and desirable.

We offer you:

  • dance and support by excellent scientist in a friendly environment.
  • Remuneration as scientific student assistant up to 6 months.
  • Accomodation on campus (liable to pay costs, upon request).
  • Flexible working hours.

Project specific questions can be addressed to Dr. Jozefus Schippers (039482 – 5237) and Bernd Dreyer (- 5772).

What you need to know:

For us, your qualifications and strengths count. Therefore, everyone – independent from gender, origin, age, or possible disability – is welcome. The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. As an institution which has been awarded the Certificate for Career and Family (“berufundfamilie”), we offer family-friendly working conditions and flexible working hours. The IPK has set a goal to employ more people with disabilities. Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Your application:

We are looking forward to receive your complete application (letter of motivation, CV, certificates) as one single pdf-document via online-application. (http://www.ipk-gatersleben.de/stellenangebote) until 19.12.2021. If you have questions or require more information, please do contact Ms. Stefanie Dreßler (jobs(at)ipk-gatersleben.de). Please indicate the reference number 48/11/21 in your correspondence. Please note that incomplete application documents cannot be considered.