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PhD Student (f/m/d) - in the field of Plant Computational Biology/Bioinformatics

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    Ms S Dreßler
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

The independent research group Metabolic Systems Interactions has an open position for a PhD Student to work on computational modelling of plant metabolism. In our group we study the behavior of plant metabolic systems to guide engineering strategies that will improve crop productivity and quality. We use mainly flux-balance approaches to construct and analyze large-scale metabolic networks and work closely with experimental partners to complement our computational work.

Your tasks:
- You are working in a computational project to elucidate metabolic capacities in crop plants. This includes the refinement/development of tissue-specific flux-balance models of crop species, the analysis and integration of experimental data, and the generation and in silico testing of hypotheses with respect to energy metabolism, biomass formation and other growth-related factors.
- You communicate closely with experimental partners at the IPK.
- You will present your results at conferences and in scientific articles.

You fit to us:
… if you are highly motivated, enthusiastic and creative.
… if you are able to work independently as well as part of a team.
… if you have good communication skills.
… if you see your future in academic research.

Your qualifications and skills:
- You hold a Master’s degree in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Plant Physiology or any related field.
- You have a good background in plant physiology.
- You possess good programming skills.
- Experience in the reconstruction or analysis of large-scale metabolic networks is a plus.
- You have solid English skills, which are a prerequisite for effective work in our multicultural work environment.

We offer you:
… an interdisciplinary research environment at the intersection of plant sciences and computational biology.
… a friendly and productive working environment.
… an employment starting on March, 01st limited for 36 months.
… a gross salary will be up to 80% E13 TV-L.

Please get in contact with Dr. Nadine Töpfer ([Email Address Removed]) if you want to learn more about the project.

What you need to know:
For us, your qualifications and strengths count. Therefore, everyone – independent from gender, origin, age, or possible disability – is welcome. The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. As an institution which has been awarded the Certificate for Career and Family (“berufundfamilie”), we offer family-friendly working conditions and flexible working hours. The IPK has set a goal to employ more people with disabilities. Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Your application:
We are looking forward to receive your complete [link]online-application ([link] until 13.02.2020 (Letter of motivation, CV, certificates). If you have questions or require more information, please do contact Ms. Stefanie Dreßler ([link]jobs(at) Please indicate the reference number 02/01/20 in your correspondence. Please note that incomplete application documents cannot be considered.

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