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PhD position “QUINOA DIVERSITY – Quinoa Phenotypic and Genotypic Diversity for Yield and Composition“

PhD position “QUINOA DIVERSITY – Quinoa Phenotypic and Genotypic Diversity for Yield and Composition“

IBG-2 Juelich, Germany

Your Job:

The project ‘Quinoa Diversity’ funded under the ‘Bioeconomy International’ funding scheme (German Minsitry of Research) will provide an insight into quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) diversity in cooperation with partners in Chile. Adaptability and yield stability of genotypes to cultivation environments characterized by low water availability and high salinity will be a focus. In addition, the characterization of the composition of seeds and other plant organs for secondary metabolites that confer undesired properties for human consumption will be essential for exploiting the findings in view of product development for the food industry. At the same time, the results of this project will be essential for evaluating the alternative use of these compounds in novel extraction processes that could benefit different industries. Within this project we will characterize genetically and phenotypically a diverse collection of quinoa lines from Chile. This will provide an unprecedented insight into potential genomic adaptations and will together with the quinoa genome usher quinoa into the modern breeding age.

This PhD-project will be focused on the phenotypic characterization of quinoa germplasm in controlled environment experiments (growth, physiology), with specific interest in root distribution and architecture. The data acquired in controlled experiments will complement field research conducted in Chile by our project partners. Seed composition with particular focus on characterization of diversity in phenolic compounds the quinoa panel complements the program.

Methods: Root phenotyping in artificial media or soil, physiological characterization in controlled environment experiments of diverse plant material (i.e., plant growth analysis based on destructive methods, gas exchange measurements), and/or GC/MS, HPLC/capillary electrophoresis.

Your Profile:

  • background or interest in Agronomy, Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology, or Chemical Analytics
  • Master degree (or equivalent) in the above-mentioned disciplines with an overall grade of at least ‘good’
  • strong English writing and communication skills, a working knowledge of Spanish language is a plus
  • basic experience in conducting experiments involving plant cultivation in various settings (from controlled environment, greenhouses and filed) is required
  • basic experience in one or more of the abovementioned methods is desirable

 

More information to be found here

Location: 
IBG-2 Juelich, DE
Deadline: 
Until filled

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