Postdoc position (f/m/d) - Evolution of gene regulation and polygenic adaptation in Plants

Updated: 24 days ago
Location: Germany,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 May 2021

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most research-intensive universities in Germany, offering a wide range of subjects. With its six faculties and its interfaculty centres, it offers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and internationally outstanding profile areas, supported by the administration with its services.

Research in our lab investigates the role played by variation in gene expression regulation in processes of polygenic adaptation. Our lab has recently collected a transcriptomic time series to identify the cisand trans- regulatory changes associated with the shift from perennial to annual growth in plants. The goal of the project is to identify the molecular components whose regulation has been reshaped after the shift in life-history. Using data previously generated by our lab on positive and negative evolutionary forces in these same populations, and ad-hoc dataset for the well known regulation of flowering time in these species, the scientist will investigate footprints of polygenic selection on the regulation of plant development. For more information on our lab and research visit our website .


  • The postdoctoral scientist will use data to disentangle the effect of temperature and development on expression differences between these species.
  • The scientist will study the effects of polygenic selection on the regulation of plant development.


  • The applicant must hold a PhD in Evolutionary Biology (Population genetics, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Genetics)
  • and hold advanced skills in the bioinformatics of next generation sequencing data.
  • Language in the lab is English.


  • A diverse and fair working environment
  • Support in reconciling work and family life
  • Flexible working time models
  • Extensive advanced training opportunities
  • Occupational health management offers
  • Local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

The position is available as soon as possible on a full-time basis. It is limited to a term of 2 years. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with disabilities / special needs or of equal status.

Please send your convincing application (a letter of motivation, a CV and the contact of 2-3 referees should be provided ) by email (in one pdf-file) to with the reference number Wiss2104-09. The application deadline is the 05. 05. 2021. Candidates planning to set up their own group as e.g. with application to Emmy Noether Early Career Grants are especially welcome to apply and will receive strong support. Questions regarding the position should be sent by mail to: .

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