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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 01.01.2017 for an initial period of 3 years. Based on performance one renewal for a second period of max 3 years will be possible (both options are valid in compliance with the law “WissZeitVG”).

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 plant characteristics or 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 for 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 has the possibility to contribute to any of the main research areas of the group GGR: (i) Triticeae structural and functional genome analysis, (ii) molecular cloning of genes underlying key agronomic traits in cereals, (iii) 3D structural analysis of cereal genomes at different developmental and physiological states, (iv) Triticeae pangenome analysis. The candidate support the managing of ongoing research but also has freedom to initiate own research or to establish/strengthen her/his own research profile. The selected candidate will be involved in supervising PhD and Master students and will contribute to the teaching profile of the group.

Your qualification:
You possess a PhD or equivalent academic degree. You should have a strong background in molecular genetics and 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. It is also possible to combine this expertise in opposite order of priorities. 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 36/07/16. 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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