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PhD Position "Maximizing Photosynthetic Efficiency in Maize"

PhD Position "Maximizing Photosynthetic Efficiency in Maize"

Technical University of Munich, Germany

 

The chair of plant breeding at the Technical University of Munich / TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan invites applications for a PhD position TV-L E13 (65%), starting as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Research in the plant breeding group is focused on the development of molecular and statistical tools for plant breeding as well as on genome analysis in crop plants.

Project description:

 

"FullThrottle" is a collaborative project combining physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics to investigate the factors affecting the rate and efficiency of C4 photosynthesis. Maize introgression lines will be used to identify and characterize QTL for photosynthesis-related traits and to investigate their relation to drought stress tolerance. Detailed analysis will focus on physiological parameters and transcript profiling in well-watered and drought stress conditions. The results will be integrated with those obtained by other partners in the project to provide a comprehensive analysis of photosynthesis efficiency in maize. We are looking for a highly capable and motivated candidate to take on a challenging but potentially very rewarding research subject.

The successful applicant is expected to have:

  • Diploma or Master’s degree in biology, molecular biotechnology, plant physiology or related disciplines (above average grades)
  • Background in genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry is advantageous
  • Interest in photosynthesis and plant stress physiology • Willingness to carry out both field and laboratory work
  • Very good English (oral and written), German is an advantage
  • Ability to work in a team and to collaborate with other research groups

More information to be found here

Location: 
Technical University of Munich, DE
Deadline: 
Until filled

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