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Research Group Leader (f/m) - Seed Development
Published(1116 days ago)
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)Gatersleben
IPK Gatersleben is a large, internationally recognized centre of plant research that addresses problems of
modern biology with an emphasis on crop plants. Our scientific expertise integrates a broad diversity of
disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying processes of plant development, metabolism, and
interactions with the environment. Our research aims at the generation of fundamental knowledge and the
development of genetic and biotechnological tools to spur the knowledge-based use of plant-genetic
resources to optimize a variety of crop traits. Frequently, this involves co-operation with various national
and international universities as well as public-private partnerships.
For the Department of Molecular Genetics we look for a
Research Group Leader (f/m) - Seed Development
Reference number: 44/09/16
The position is open immediately and is initially available for up to five years. After this period and positive
evaluation, a permanent position will be offered.
Within the research focus areas of the Molecular Genetics Department, vegetative growth and seed
formation, the research group Seed Development addresses growth and differentiation processes in seeds,
primarily of cereals. Main emphasis is given to the analysis of developmental processes of cells, tissues, and
organs in seeds which start with fertilization or the initiation of apomictic events and that end with seed maturity.
This concerns determination of cell and tissue identity and control of growth and differentiation and the involved
signalling and regulation mechanisms. They are investigated with modern molecular biological and systems
analysis approaches. The research group Seed Development closely interacts with other complementary research
groups of IPK, in particular of the Dept. Molecular Genetics, who i.a. investigate metabolic processes during seed
filling and who are experts in plant phenotyping (mainly using non-invasive 2D, 3D, and 4D approaches), in
image analysis, molecular and systems genetics, as well as network analysis and modelling. The group is
thoroughly involved in the main research areas of IPK and contributes to collaborative large-scale investigations
of plant performance in varying environmental conditions and towards elucidation of genetic causes and
molecular mechanisms resulting in phenotypic variation.
As research group leader you carry out independent and internationally highly visible research within the
frame of the goals of IPK and the Department Molecular Genetics. You instruct and guide the members of
your group and you raise third party research funding. In addition, you are involved in and support institute- and
department-wide research initiatives.
You hold a PhD in biology (botany) or any related area in biochemistry or agronomy and you have a very good
reputation gained through own high-ranking research in the area of molecular biology of plant development. You
have detailed molecular and systems biology expertise and have practical experience in the analysis of individual
cell and tissue types and/or molecular and biochemical investigation of signal transduction and regulatory
processes. The ability to handle large data sets (e.g. transcriptome data) and to analyze them (incl. proper
statistics) and to use various databases will be advantageous. Competence in co-worker supervision, in
interdisciplinary interaction and co-operation as well as fund-raising ability will be expected.
If you need further information on the position and the resources allocated to the group feel free to contact Prof.
Dr. Thomas Altmann. You reach him under email@example.com or phone +49 (0)39482 5 214.
The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented, and
therefore explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. IPK is an equal opportunities employer.
Handicapped persons will be preferred when equally qualified. Gross salary will be up to 100% E14 TV-L.
Please send your application (incl. CV, a statement on research experience and intended future work and at least
two references) to Ms. Böhme citing the 44/09/16. Please contact her also for questions regarding the
application and selection procedure (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: +49 (0) 39482 5101).
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
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