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PhD Position in Plant Molecular Biology

PhD Position in Plant Molecular Biology - the new Research Group El Kasmi

Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tübingen.


The Research Group El Kasmi is embedded within the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), a world-class center for plant biology that houses 16 research groups and central facilities in a brand-­new and well-­equipped building, providing cutting-edge expertise in a wide range of molecular plant sciences.

Our working group focuses on providing a detailed mechanistic understanding of the molecular relationship between the cellular membrane trafficking system and the plant immune response initiated by nucleotide-binding leucine rich repeat receptor proteins (NLRs). We are also interested in understanding the functional role of “helper”- NLRs in immunity (and autoimmunity).

The PhD project will focus on identifying the mechanisms of activation and signal transduction of membrane-localized NLRs and understanding the importance of the protein and membrane trafficking system on NLR-mediated immunity.

The appropriate candidate should have a master’s degree in Biology or Biochemistry and should have a strong background in plant molecular biology, cell-biology (confocal microscopy), biochemistry and/or genetics. Background knowledge of plant immunity is of advantage, but not required.

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented researcher who is excited about elucidating the function of the plant immune system. The candidate should be enthusiastic to read, reflect and discuss the latest literature, and should be ready to work in a team.

The University of Tübingen is committed to increase the proportion of women in Science and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. The employment will be carried out by the administration of the University of Tübingen. The position (E13 TV-L, 50%) is currently limited to three years (31.3.2020).Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and should include a motivation letter, CV, research experience and contact details of two references. Applications should be send (preferably by email) as a single PDF-file to:

Dr. Farid El Kasmi

Department of Biology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, 27599, NC, USA

phone: +1 919 928 4177

email: or


Project related literature can be found here:

Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tübingen, DE
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