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We are interested in understanding the diversity of pathogen resistance within wild plant species. Therefore we study different populations from a diverse and geographically differentiated tomato species, Solanum chilense. We have shown that populations show different levels of defence against a range of pathogens and have identified patterns of differential selection for defence-associated genes. However, the implications of these findings on a molecular level remain unknown.

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms and the effects on plant defence mechanisms in an evolutionary context, using a combination of genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics. The applicant must have a very good MSc in biology,  biochemistry or bioinformatics, with a strong theoretic background. Knowledge and practical experience in molecular plant sciences and/or bioinformatics are required. English skills, both written and spoken, are essential.

The project will be carried out in the group of Dr. Remco Stam at the Chair of Phytopathology (Prof. Dr. Ralph Hückelhoven). The chair hosts several research groups studying molecular biology of plant pathogens and is well equipment to study defence responses on different levels. The project is
integrated into the SFB924 “Molecular mechanisms regulating yield and yield stability in plants” and benefits from many collaborations and direct access to state of the art technology for cell biological and biochemical analysis and next generation sequencing on the The TUM Life Science campus in FreisingWeihenstephan.

Please send your comprehensive application including a letter of motivation (1 page), your CV, certificates, list of publications, and names of 2 potential referees as a single pdf file by email to: remco.sta [email protected] Informal inquiries can be made on the same address.

The position is to be filled in April 2021.
Reviewing applications will start 15 January 2021, until a suitable candidate has been found.

To apply for this job please visit remcostam.com.