PhD Positions - Quantitative Plant Sciences

Updated: 5 days ago
Location: Lich, HESSEN

The demand for plant biomass is continuously increasing, because plants are the basis of a future bio-economy that will ensure sustainable and healthy nutrition for the growing world population. However, they are also the renewable raw materials for a wide range of materials and chemicals, as well as an alternative source of energy, with declining fossil energy reserves and increasing environmental risks. However, the cultivation of plants and thus the extraction of these valuable raw materials is influenced by climate change. However, they are also themselves part of climate change and can slow its progress.      

Based on molecular, physiological and ecological expertise, the IBG-2 Institute focuses on integrated concepts for intensified and sustainable plant production. New techniques, such as phenotyping with non-invasive methods combined with bioinformatics, open up new possibilities to generate and apply more knowledge about plants for a sustainable bioeconomy.

Within the graduate programme: "Quantitative Plant Sciences", the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Plant Sciences (IBG-2) is offering several

Doctoral theses are offered in the following subject areas, for which you can apply online via the respective link:

Topic 1: Image-based Plant Model Inference with Deep Learning (apply now )

Topic 2: Modelling of long-distance tracer transport in plants (apply now )

Topic 3: Plant water uptake and transpiration - a balancing act (apply now )

Topic 4: Potential of elevated CO2 to alleviate negative effects of suboptimal temperature and water availability in subsequent developmental stages in maize (apply now )

Topic 5: Light-induced NO and redox signaling in plant photosynthetic acclimation and induced resistance (apply now )

Topic 6: Identifying biomass parameters in poplar responsible for efficient processing with OrganoCat (apply now )

Topic 7: Screening the dynamics of starch accumulation, remobilization and seed filling in grain crops (apply now )

Topic 8: Understanding the dynamics of plant- bacteria- bacteriophage interactions as means to improve plant performance (apply now )


Further details on the individual projects can be found on the website http://www.fz-juelich.de/ibg/ibg-2/SPRING-OFFER-PhD-202ah0

Requirements for all projects (please attach documents to your letter of application, as only complete applications can be considered)

  • A good university degree in a discipline that can contribute in an experimental or theoretical way to one of the above mentioned projects (in Germany 2.0 or better). Please also pay attention to the requirements formulated in the individual projects
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • A letter of motivation regarding your scientific interests and experience including your specific interest in the selected project(s)
  • Enjoy working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Very good oral and written English skills

We offer:

The IBG-2 - Plant Sciences offers a unique, interdisciplinary working environment in which an excellent infrastructure and state-of-the-art plant physiology techniques are developed and applied to meet the major challenges of plant production for a sustainable bio-economy.

  • We offer world-class infrastructure and expertise in plant phenotyping
  • The opportunity to work in a unique interdisciplinary team (scientists, engineers and technicians) with national and international partners
  • Promotion of professional development and career planning through special training programs (PhD programs of the Research Center and IBG-2) and participation in national and international conferences
  • A 3 year contract
  • Pay in line with 65 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund).
  • Information on employment as a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jülich can be found here http://www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application until 19.04.2020, via our online recruitment system.

The interviews take place in April/May. Depending on the availability of candidates, the positions will then be filled promptly.


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