PhD student (f,m,div) in Chemical Ecology of Plant Biotic Interactions

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  • Germany
  • Posted 2 weeks ago


With its work, the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Decorative Crops (IGZ) contributes to a greater understanding of plant methods and thus to the event of sustainable and resilient horticulture. The IGZ conducts analysis on the interface between vegetation, people and the surroundings. In doing so, we handle systemic and international challenges comparable to biodiversity loss, local weather change, urbanization and malnutrition. We offer scientifically sound suggestions for wholesome agri-food methods and sustainable interactions with the surroundings. The IGZ brings collectively a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. Staff with totally different backgrounds conduct analysis in nationwide and worldwide analysis co-operations. The IGZ relies in Großbeeren close to Potsdam and close to Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Affiliation.

The next place is out there within the Institute from 01.02.2024, restricted for 3 years, inside the DFG-funded mission “Molecular Regulation and ecological penalties of chemodiversity in Solanum dulcamara”:

PhD pupil (f,m,div) in Chemical Ecology of Plant Biotic Interactions

Reference quantity: 32/2023/D

The wage can be based mostly on qualification and analysis expertise in accordance with the wage settlement TV-L, as much as pay scale 13, 65% of the common working time. The conferral of a doctorate is feasible at Friedrich Schiller College Jena.

This place can be embedded within the analysis group “Plant Biotic Interactions”, which goals to unravel the molecular and chemical mechanisms governing interactions between vegetation and organisms of their surroundings. The PhD mission is a part of the analysis unit FOR 3000 “Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity in Vegetation” ( ) comprising 9 multidisciplinary groups unfold over Germany. The intention of this PhD mission is to know how root chemodiversity in Solanum dulcamara influences belowground interactions and the way intra-individual chemodiversity is molecularly regulated.

Duties embody

  • designing and performing experiments with vegetation, bugs, nematodes and useful fungi
  • analyzing plant metabolomes on GC-MS and LC-MS analytical platforms
  • gene expression analyses utilizing qPCR
  • information processing and statistical analyses
  • sharing metabolomics/unstable information in public repositories based mostly on FAIR Ideas
  • displays of mission outcomes at nationwide and worldwide conferences
  • writing scientific publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals
  • participation in workshops with FG 3000 mission companions

We’re on the lookout for candidates with

  • a grasp diploma in biology, plant sciences or equal, with emphasis on chemical ecology
  • expertise with rising vegetation, designing and finishing up organic experiments and/or bioassays
  • expertise with chemical evaluation on GC- or LC-MS, ideally hands-on
  • expertise with qPCR analyses
  • primary data of statistics, ideally together with multivariate statistical analyses
  • fluent within the English language, good communication abilities
  • good scientific writing abilities within the English language
  • a accountable persona who enjoys working in (worldwide) groups

We provide

  • an inspiring and dynamic analysis surroundings, together with state-of-the artwork analysis amenities
  • a dedicated and competent workforce and a difficult job combining elementary and utilized plant science
  • a vibrant and worldwide neighborhood of scientists near Potsdam and Berlin
  • versatile and family-friendly working time fashions and the potential for cellular working (as much as 50% of working time)

Additional details about the IGZ might be discovered on the Web at For questions, please contact: Prof. Nicole van Dam (vandam(at) ; cellphone: +49-33701 – 78 105).

We encourage a wholesome work-life steadiness. The IGZ attaches nice significance to equal alternatives. Candidates with disabilities can be given choice in case of equal {qualifications}. The IGZ embraces range in its workforce, and welcomes purposes from all certified candidates, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, faith, world view, incapacity and perception or ethnic origin.

We choose to obtain purposes, together with a motivation letter, your CV, copies of educational certificates and the names and addresses of two references by e-mail to bewerbung(at) in pdf format by 12.12.2023 . Our postal handle is: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Decorative Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren.

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