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CerealPath Early Stage Researcher Opportunity

CerealPath ESR Opportunity at BOKU (Austria)


An opportunity to join the CerealPath project as an Early Stage Researcher at Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU).


The position is co-funded through the CerealPath programme (23 months) with additional funding from BOKU to allow the candidate to complete their work towards the completion of a PhD.


Applications are sought from suitable candidates through the CerealPath Applications Portal ( Applications received before 5 pm (GMT) on Friday, 31 March 2017 will receive full consideration but the position will remain open until filled.

Candidates interested in the position are requested to submit an application as soon as possible and the position will be filled when a suitable candidate has been found.

It is hoped that the selected candidate would begin before the end of May 2017.

Since the position is part-funded through CerealPath, the usual Marie Sklowodwska Curie eligibility criteria will apply with respect to mobility and early stage researcher status ( Candidates should also make sure that they meet the criteria for taking on doctoral studies at BOKU (


Further details of this project are available on our Opportunities page ( You may also contact Professor Hermann Buerstmayr ( or the Project Manager for more details.


The principal objective of this project is to train ESR2 to determine the genetic architecture of Fusarium resistance using genome-wide high-density DNA markers and field-based phenotypic data obtained on advanced wheat breeding lines. The work involves: field testing and field phenotyping of several 100 wheat lines during three seasons, statistical analysis of field observation data, DNA preparation from all lines, DNA fingerprinting of all lines using SNP markers, data management of field data and genetic fingerprinting data, bio-statistical analysis of phenotypic and genomic data for development, refinement and validation of genome wide predictions of Fusarium resistance.


This project (CerealPath) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 674964

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