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University of Regensburg

The University of Regensburg with its 22,000 students is an innovative and modern campus university in Germany with a strong focus on interdisciplinary research activities. It provides a broad variety of research projects and additional qualification in various soft skills and teaching capabilities for German and foreign researchers.

The molecular plant sciences of the university are integrated in Collaborative Research Centers including SFB924 investigating molecular mechanisms regulating yield and yield stability of plants. The lab of Prof. Dr. Thomas Dresselhaus at the Department of Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry now offers within the frame of a German research network "HaploTools" including also a maize breeding company a:

Postdoc Position in Plant Sciences

for three years starting in December 2016. Salary is at the income level TVL E13.

The research network "HaploTools" aims to investigate methods and tools for an accelerated plant breeding process by using and studying novel genes, promoters and CRISPR/Cas to induce haploidy in maize. The project includes close collaborations with researchers at a plant breeding company and colleagues at other institutes within Germany.

The successful candidate will investigate the generation of haploidy-inducing maize lines by genome engineering, will study in detail the expression and function of candidate inducer genes, and will investigate pollen tube growth, parthenogenesis and uni-parental chromosome elimination. Moreover, the subcellular localization of the encoded proteins will be studied during pollen tube growth and fertilization. It will be further tested whether ectopic expression or excision of candidate genes leads to haploid induction in maize.

We are looking for strongly motivated applicants who are interested to study haploidy-induction at the mechanistic level in a grass crop plant. Candidates should have a strong background in molecular biology and cell biology. We expect that candidates are able to plan and conduct their research experiments independently and are willing to contribute with their expertise to collaborative projects. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are an essential prerequisite for the position.

Please submit your application including a motivation letter, a full CV, appropriate certificates, names of two referees as a single pdf by no later than September 30, 2016 via email to Prof. Dr. Thomas Dresselhaus: thomas.dresselhaus@ur.de.

More information about the Dresselhaus lab can be found here:

The University of Regensburg is committed to the compatibility of family and career (for more information, please visit http://www.uni-regensburg.de/equal-opportunities/). Preference will be given to people with disabilities in the case of otherwise equal aptitude.

Closing date: 30.09.2016
Closing date: 30 September 2016 Published on academics.com on date 13 September 2016
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