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PhD Student in Molecular and Cell Biology (f/m/d)

  • Full or part time
    Ms S Dreßler
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Structural Cell Biology and the Plant Reproductive Biology groups are seeking a talented and highly motivated PhD student to participate in a DFG funded project investigating drought tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) with emphasis on the role of strigolactones and their interaction with abscisic acid in this process. For this purpose, mutants in SL biosynthesis will be generated by site-directed mutagenesis, and a TILLING population screened for suitable mutants. Structural and phenotypic evaluations of generated mutant lines before and after application of drought will be performed by light and electron microscopy

Your tasks:
• You are responsible for the development of barley mutants using CRISPR RNA/Cas9-mediated gene knockout.
• You take measurements of physiological parameters in response to drought.
• You are doing morphological and structural examinations and phenotyping.
• You take measurements of phytohormone content.

Your qualifications and skills:
• You have a master or equivalent degree in biology, agriculture or any related field.
• You have a strong background in molecular cloning and targeted mutagenesis.
• You have advanced tissue culture experience.
• You have experience in sample preparation for light and electron microscopy.

You fit to us:
• You want to work in a world-class research centre with state-of-the-art facilities and scientists from all over the world.
• You have the ability to work independently, but also show a strong team spirit.
• You have a passion for tissue culture and microscopy.
• You want to use your creativity to succeed.


We offer you:
• … a friendly and productive working atmosphere.
• … state-of-the-art technical equipment.
• … an international team.
• … a project-based PhD position limited for three years, starting 1st of February 2020.
• … a gross salary up to 65% TV-L E13.

If you need further information feel free to contact Dr. Michael Melzer or Dr. Goetz Hensel (, ) Tel.: +49 (0) 39482 5471 (Melzer) or 5543 (Hensel).

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 online-application (http://www.ipk-gatersleben.de/en/job-offers/) until 13.11.2019. If you have questions or require more information, please do contact Ms. Dreßler (). Please indicate the reference number 48/10/19 in your correspondence.



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