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PhD position in Plant Ecology

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The University of Regensburg with its over 21,000 students is an innovative and interdisciplinary campus university that provides a broad variety of research activities and disciplines for German and foreign students. The Chair of Ecology and Conservation Biology is looking to fill a
PhD position in Plant Ecology (E13 65%)
starting as early as possible for a period of 3 years. The 65 % position (26.065 hours/week) will be paid according to German public-sector level E13.

Your responsibilities:
The close link between the environment and success of plant sexual reproduction has been known for a long time. Over the last two decades, it has received increased interest, due to the potential negative consequences of climate change on seed crops, namely short-term crop failure and long-term reduction in seed yields. Numerous studies provide evidence that this climate change-induced variation in seed quality and quantity inevitably leads to alternations in plant biology, ecology and distribution. However, due to multiple knowledge gaps (e.g. strong dominance of biochemical and physiological studies, strong focus on crop and model plant species), we are still uncertain of how plastic the male gametophyte performance is in response to given thermal conditions and to what extent this plasticity allows plants to adjust seed production to a changing environment, especially in wild plants.
The goal of the PhD project is to examine in detail the temperature effects on pollen performance at the individual, intraspecific, and interspecific levels, and evaluate their potential importance for the success of plant seed regeneration in non-cultivated, non-model species. To achieve that the PhD candidate will conduct observations in the field, as well as experiments under controlled climatic conditions. The project results will progress ecology by increasing understanding on how temperature affects pollen performance at different levels and its susceptibility to high-temperature stress, which will increase as climate change goes on.

Your profile:
• an university degree in Plant Ecology or Physiology that qualifies for a PhD program in Regensburg (MSc or equivalent)
• experience in experimental work with plants
• good knowledge of statistics and R
• excellent knowledge of English and writing skills

We offer:
• a working place in a big, multidisciplinary department
• with excellent scientific infrastructure, international collaborations and an open, collegial lab atmosphere
• in one of the most desirable cities of Germany.

The University of Regensburg strives to achieve an increase in the percentage of women working at the university and, accordingly, expressly invites qualified women to apply for positions. The University of Regensburg is committed to the compatibility of family and career (for more information, please visit http://www.uni-regensburg.de/equal-opportunities). Severely disabled applicants are given preference in instances where applicants demonstrate an equal level of qualification. Please mention any severe disabilities, if applicable, in your application.
Please send your application, consisting of a motivation letter, CV and contact details of at least 2 academic references electronically in one pdf file before 31. Dezember 2019 to . Please direct possible questions to the same person.

This is an English translation of the official German position announcement, which can be found here http://www.uni-regensburg.de/universitaet/stellenausschreibungen/lehreforschung/index.html

Privacy notice: http://www.uniregensburg.de/verwaltung/medien/dokumente/datenschutz_stellenausschreibungen.pdf.

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