The identification of agriculturally important genes in wheat had long been limited by its large genome, which is five times larger than the human genome. However, recent progress in wheat genomics, including the development of several rapid gene isolation strategies, will allow us to isolate and study the effect of genes much more rapidly in the future. In addition, the advancements in wheat genomics allow us nowadays to capture the sequence information of many different wheat cultivars and wild wheat relatives, which makes comparative analyses and genome-wide association studies feasible. The role of this PhD position is to incorporate these genomic advancements, as well as to develop novel approaches for gene identification and isolation. In particular, this position will focus on the cloning of several broad-spectrum stripe rust resistance genes in wheat.
We are seeking an outstanding young scientist who has recently been awarded a MSc degree or equivalent in genetics, molecular biology, plant biology, agronomy or equivalent. Applicants must have a strong and demonstrated background in molecular plant genetics, including topics such as map-based cloning, genome-wide association studies, or high-throughput phenotyping (preferably disease resistance). Experience in cereal research is preferable.
For questions relating to the position, kindly contact Prof. Simon Krattinger, [email protected]. Please send your application as single PDF-File by e-mail. Applications should include: full CV and publication list, a statement of research interests not exceeding one page, and three academic references. Applications are accepted from December 2018 until the position is filled. Position start date is April 1st 2019.