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PhD students (natural, agronomical or bioinformatics sciences)

Advertising institute: IBG-2 - Plant Sciences

Reference number: D046/2017, Natural, agronomical or bioinformatics sciences

Plants provide biomass for the growing demands in a world with increasing population, less fossil resources and higher risks for the environment. Plants are the basis of a future bio-economy, where renewable raw materials from plants are used for delivering healthy food to a growing population as well as for non-food applications for materials, chemicals and energy. Plant production is affected by climate change and plants are key elements in mitigation of climate Change. On the basis of molecular, physiological and ecological expertise, the Institute focuses on integrated concepts for an intensified and sustainable crop production. New technologies, such as phenotyping with non-invasive methods combined with bioinformatics, open up new opportunities to generate and apply knowledge on plants for a sustainable bio-economy.

Within its graduate program “Quantitative Plant Sciences” the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Plant Sciences (IBG-2) seeks several PhD students:

Topic 1: Characterizing the resilience of seed set and seed filling in cereals exposed to heat and drought

Topic 2: Is the potential for yield increase at elevated CO2 limited by leaf vein carbon transport capacity?

Topic 3: Identification of Drought resistance crop cultivars by Light Induced Fluorescence Transients (LIFT) method in Cerrado, Brazil

Topic 4: Identification of phosphorus storage pools by Raman microscopy

Topic 5: Smart Field Data – Linking field phenotyping, remote sensing and the genetic heritage

Topic 6: Development of molecular tools to investigate lipid synthesis in the genus Chlorella

Topic 7: Bioinformatics in Plant Science

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On the internet link you can find more detailed information about the different projects.

Your Profile:

Requirements for all projects (please add the requested documents to your application as only complete applications can be considered):
•University degree in any discipline that can actively contribute to one of the above mentioned topics in experiment or theory with a good final grade (in the German system 2.0 or better). Please also pay attention to the requirements expressed in the project descriptions.
•Minimum one letter of recommendation.
•A short text statement on your research interest and experience including a description of your specific interest in one (or more) of the above mentioned topics.
•Strong interest in working in interdisciplinary teams.
•Strong English writing and communication skills.

Our Offer:
•IBG-2 - Plant Sciences offers a unique interdisciplinary working environment developing and using excellent infrastructure and modern approaches in plant physiology addressing major challenges of plant production for a sustainable bioeconomy.
•We offer world-class infrastructure and expertise in plant phenotyping
•The opportunity to work in a unique interdisciplinary team (scientists, engineers, technicians) and with national and international partners.
•Professional development and career plans with specific training programs (incl. a doctoral program of FZJ and IBG-2) and national and international conferences.

For further information about the application process please contact Prof. Dr. Ingar Janzik, e-mail:

Payment of the PhD fellow will be based on salary grade EG 13 (50%) Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the candidate's profile and the subject of his/her PhD thesis an additional allowance may be granted. The deadline for application is 18 April 2017. Only complete applications will be considered. Job interviews will take place end of April until mid of May 2017. Depending on the candidates availability the positions can be filled promptly.

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment System, quoting the above-mentioned reference number. Therefore please use the link with regard to the above mentioned topic.

Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2: Plant Sciences, DE

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