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Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

IPK Gatersleben is one of the leading international Research Institutes in the area of cereal genomics, breeding research, and crop development and performance. It is a recognized center of crop plant research addressing problems of modern biology. Our scientific expertise integrates disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying 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 working group Genomics of Genetic Resources (GGR) we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher

up to 100% E13 TV-L

Employment could start from 01.11.2016 for a period of 3 years (in compliance with the law “WissZeitVG”), provided the final approval of the project by the funding agency.

Who we are:
The group Genomics of Genetic Resources is contributing to the international efforts of sequencing the barley and wheat genomes – both among the most important crop species worldwide. We have developed extensive genomic resources and genomic tools to either discover, exploit or utilize genomic diversity for elucidation of mechanisms underlying agronomic traits. We are interested in structural variation of cereal genomes and its impact on genome and haplotype evolution. Recently, we started genotyping of the entire barley genetic resources collection of IPK (>20,000 accessions) as a first step to improve educated selection of genetic resources for allele mining or pre-breeding.

Tell us who you are:
We are seeking a highly motivated young scientist. Tell us how you will contribute to make our Research better and why IPK is the place for you to establish the next steps of your career.

Your tasks:
The candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team (IPK Gatersleben, Helmholtz Center Munich, private Industry) working on the analysis of the barley pangenome. You will be responsible to perform research in the area of whole genome shotgun sequencing, RNASeq, and 3D conformation capture sequencing of barley. All sequencing will rely on Illumina HiSeq2500 or higher technology and may include also the PACBio Sequel platform.

Your qualification:
You possess a PhD or equivalent academic degree. You should have a strong background in molecular genetics, own hands-on experience with NGS library preparation, experience in operating NGS systems, a robust understanding of high-throughput genomic studies requiring capabilities in e.g. UNIX command line program execution, R-package applications, PERL programming or program execution. You have strong scientific writing and presentation skills and you are a team player.

If you need further information feel free to contact Dr. Nils Stein. You reach him under stein@ipk-gatersleben.de or phone +49 (0) 39482 5522.

The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. The IPK was awarded the Hertie Foundation's work and balance certificate ("berufundfamilie") for its family-friendly working conditions. The IPK campus is located in the immediate vicinity of a local day care center and primary school (Grundschule). Gross salary will be up to 100% E13 TV-L.

Your application:
Please send your application (incl. letter of motivation and future research interests, CV, list of publications, certificates of university degrees and latest school report, at least three addresses of reference) to Ms. Böhme citing the reference number 37/07/16. Please contact her also for questions regarding the application and selection procedure.

Published on academics.com on date 8 September 2016
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