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Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

As a member of the Helmholtz Association, Forschungszentrum Jülich makes an effective contribution to solving major challenges facing society in the fields of information, energy, and bioeconomy. It focuses on varied tasks in the area of research management and utilizes large, often unique, scientific infrastructure. Come and work with around 5,900 colleagues across a range of topics and disciplines at one of Europe‘s largest research centres.

Within its graduate program "Quantitative Plant Sciences" the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Plant Sciences (IBG-2) seeks several

Several PhD students (natural, agronomical or bioinformatics sciences)

for a 3 year position.

Plants provide biomass for the growing demands in a world with increasing population, less fossil resources and higher risks for the environment. Plants are the basis of a future bio-economy, where renewable raw materials from plants are used for delivering healthy food to a growing population as well as for non-food applications for materials, chemicals and energy. Plant production is affected by climate change and plants are key elements in mitigation of climate change. On the basis of molecular, physiological and ecological expertise, the Institute focuses on integrated concepts for an intensified and sustainable crop production. New technologies, such as phenotyping with non-invasive methods combined with bioinformatics, open up new opportunities to generate and apply knowledge on plants for a sustainable bio-economy.

On the internet link http://www.fz-juelich.de/ibg/ibg-2/SPRING-OFFER-PhD-2018 you can find more detailed information about the different projects.

Requirements for all projects (please add the requested documents to your application as only complete applications can be considered):
  • University degree in any discipline that can actively contribute to one of the above mentioned topics in experiment or theory with a good final grade (in the German system 2.0 or better). Please also pay attention to the requirements expressed in the project descriptions.
  • Minimum one letter of recommendation.
  • A short text statement on your research interest and experience including a description of your specific interest in one (or more) of the above mentioned topics.
  • Strong interest in working in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Strong English writing and communication skills.
We Offer:
IBG-2 - Plant Sciences offers a unique interdisciplinary working environment developing and using excellent infrastructure and modern approaches in plant physiology addressing major challenges of plant production for a sustainable bioeconomy.
  • We offer world-class infrastructure and expertise in plant phenotyping.
  • The opportunity to work in a unique interdisciplinary team (scientists, engineers, technicians) and with national and international partners.
  • Professional development and career plans with specific training programs (incl. a doctoral program of FZJ and IBG-2) and national and international conferences.
For further information about the application process please contact Prof. Dr. Ingar Janzik, e-mail:

Equal opportunity is a cornerstone of our staff policy. Applications from disabled persons are welcomed. Payment of the PhD fellow will be based on salary grade EG 13 (50%) Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the candidate‘s profile and the subject of his/her PhD thesis an additional allowance may be granted.

The deadline for application is 21th of April 2018.

Only complete applications will be considered.
Job interviews will take place end of April and May 2018. Depending on the candidates availability the positions can be filled promptly.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system, quoting the reference number D048/2018. Therefore please use the link with regard to the above mentioned topic.


Closing date: 21.04.2018
Closing date: 21 April 2018 Published on academics.com on date 14 March 2018
In your application, please refer to academics.com

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