Master student (m/f/d)

Updated: 18 days ago


The research group Cryo- und Stressbiologie is a central unit of the Federal ex-situ Genebank and responsible for the cryostorage of more than 2,200 accessions. In order to safeguard the long-term storage of valuable plant material, we study the molecular, biochemical and physiological response of plant tissues to extreme and complex stress conditions that occur during cryopreservation, low-temperature or dry storage.

Your Topic:

A particular challenge is the storage of wheat pollen, which would be advantageous for crossbreeding management within hybrid breeding. Wheat pollen is metabolically highly active during pollen shedding and, for this reason, is desiccation-sensitive and its storability is limited to only a few hours. The viability of wheat pollen also differs between genotypes. The genetic background of wheat pollen viability is still almost completely unclear.

Your Tasks:

The aims of your studies are the quantitative genetic analyses of wheat pollen viability and the validation of significant genes. That means you will be comprehensively trained in the current methods of pollen measurements (creation of sterile nutrient media, microscopy and impedance-flow cytometry) and test the pollen viability of greenhouse plants within the framework of preliminary trials. During the main flowering period (end of May/June), pollen viability and number are determined in the field. The results are evaluated by QTL mapping and used to check transcription levels of significant genes during pollen storage.

You fit to us:

  • if you are looking for an opportunity to obtain your Master's degree in biology, biotechnology, agricultural sciences or related natural sciences outside of university
  • if you enjoy working with wheat pollen, are communicative, creative, interested in scientific research and can work independently
  • if you have knowledge of basic statistical methods. Knowledge in quantitative genetic analysis of mapping populations and in programming with R Statistics are of particular advantage

We offer you:

  • support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • remuneration as a research assistant limited for up to 6 months
  • a job at Gatersleben and support in finding accommodation

If you need further information feel free to contact Dr. Manuela Nagel,+49 (0) 39482 5787.

What you need to know:

For us, your qualifications and strengths count. Therefore, everyone – independent from gender, origin, age, or possible disability – is welcome. The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. As an institution which has been awarded the Certificate for Career and Family (“berufundfamilie”), we offer family-friendly working conditions and flexible working hours. The IPK has set a goal to employ more people with disabilities. Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Your application:

We are looking forward to receive your complete application (letter of motivation, CV, certificates) as one single pdf-document until 21.04.2021 via online-application .If you have questions or require more information, please do contact Ms. Stefanie Dreßler (jobs(at) ). Please indicate the reference number 16/03/21 in your correspondence. Please note that incomplete application documents cannot be considered.

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