Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry

Applications for a PhD position funded by the DFG within the Collaborative Research Centre SNP2Prot ‘Plant Proteoform Diversity’ are invited to join the research team of Debora Gasperini, at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle (Saale), Germany. The IPB is a research institute of the Leibniz Association, and as a foundation under public law, is under direct supervision of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. The IPB is located on the Weinberg Campus of the Martin Luther University (MLU) Halle-Wittenberg. 

Research topic

Our group investigates how plants perceive, transmit and integrate information about their environment to prompt adaptive responses. We focus on the jasmonate (JA) pathway, a master regulator of plant growth, defense, and fertility that triggers transcriptional changes necessary to promote plant fitness. Although key components of JA perception and signalling have been identified, it remains unclear how can a single bioactive molecule regulate the large heterogeneity of physiological events observed for JA responses. By using the model plant Arabidopsis, the project aims to structurally and functionally characterize naturally occurring proteoforms of a key repressor of JA signalling, uncover underlying integration networks, and ultimately assess their impact on plant performance.

To apply for this job please visit www.ipb-halle.de.