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Research assistant (f/m/d) Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related
with 1/2-part-time job, limited up to 3,5 years, Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU Kennung: 21240100 /15 /19
Who we are:
The Molecular Ecology group investigates interactions between plants and herbivorous insects. Our research covers different scales of organization from
interactions between organisms to molecular physiology, and it utilizes a vast array of methodology including field experiments, behavioral experiments,
chemical analytics, transcriptional profiling and genetic manipulation of plants.
The position entails the option to obtain a doctoral degree and will focus on research on a recently discovered form of extrafloral nectar. This nectar
attracts ants for indirect defense and is produced from herbivore-inflicted wounds by a plant that does not have any nectaries. The project investigates
the mechanisms of this nectar secretion in order to better understand the evolution of nectar secretion in the long-term. Work will be a mixture of field-
and greenhouse experiments, behavioral assays and chemical as well as molecular methodology.
An advanced degree (Diploma or Master) in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or a related subject is mandatory.
Successful applicants must
Be able to work independently and reliable in a research project
Have an interest in work with plants and insects
Be willing to be involved in teaching activities with undergraduate students
It is of advantage to have:
A solid understanding of molecular standard lab practices (e. g DNA/RNA extraction, qRT-PCR, Enzyme activity assays) and/or behavioral ecology
Experience in genetic modification of plants (vector cloning, RNA-interference, CRISPR-Cas9, plant tissue culture)
Knowledge in chemical analytics (liquid- and gas chromatography, mass spectrometry)
Experience in statistical analyses (multivariate statistics, R-programming) and capability to designs, conduct and analyze multifactorial experiments in an independent manner
What to expect:
A motivated team of multifaceted scientists
An ambitious, interdisciplinary scientific environment with flat hierarchy and individual supervision
A structured graduate school with a diverse course catalogue within the Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences DCPS or the Berlin-Brandenburgisches Institut für Biodiversitätsforschung - BBIB
An exciting work environment in the Berlin South with freedom to develop personal strengths and interests
All application quotin the reference code should be addressed no later than July 29th, 2019 as an e-mail to Prof. Dr. Anke Steppuhn:
firstname.lastname@example.org or postal to
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie
Institut für Biologie
Frau Prof. Dr. Anke Steppuhn
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)
Freie Universität Berlin is an equal opportunity employer.