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Two PhD Student Positions in Developmental Genetics of Cereal Crops (f/m)

Two PhD Student Positions in Developmental Genetics of  Cereal Crops (f/m)

IPK Gatersleben, Germany

The culturally diverse Independent HEISENBERG-Research Group “Plant Architecture” is primarily interested in basic research questions on how cereal inflorescences, called spikes, develop and how does this contribute to yield formation. For more details on research and publications please visit our home page

Your tasks
• You are working in a research team to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of spikelet/floret development and spike architecture using latest genetic, physiological and metabolic approaches.
• Discover, isolate and functionally characterize QTL or genes for spike/spikelet/floret traits.
• Reveal gene regulatory networks determining spike shape or spikelet/floret development.
• Elucidate spatio- temporal patterns of metabolite and phytohormone distributions in spike and spikelet/floret sections, using latest mass spectrometric imaging.

Your qualifications and skills:
• You have a master, diploma or equivalent degree in biology, agriculture or any related field.
• Knowledge of molecular, cytological and/or biochemical techniques, or genetic analyses (e.g. Linkage and QTL analysis); hands-on experience in working with plants (e.g. cereals) is desirable.
• You like microscopy.
• Solid English skills are a prerequisite for effective work in our multicultural environment.

You fit to us:
• You are a highly motivated person.
• You can organize your work independently.
• You should have demonstrated capacity to master the broad skill set necessary for the successful completion of a research project.
• You are a team player.

We offer you:
• The opportunity to work in a world class research centre with state of the art facilities and scientists from all over the world.
• Friendly and productive working atmosphere.
• An employment, which could start at the earliest (provided the final approval of the project by funding agency) from September, 1st 2017 or later limited for 36 months.
• Gross salary will be up to 50% E13 TV-L.

More information to be found here

Location: 
IPK Gatersleben, DE
Deadline: 
06/08/2017

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