Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm
Plant Research Structural and Cell Biology Physiology
(Job code 05/17)
Type of Job
PhD student position
Job offer from April 06, 2017
The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam invites applications for a PhD Studentship (code 05/17).
Plants respond to environmental stress by activating transcription factors (TF) that control diverse gene regulatory networks. One of the TFs we study is NAC transcription factor ATAF1 from Arabidopsis thaliana, a carbon starvation-induced regulator. Carbon starvation in plants occurs under different stress conditions and understanding how plants respond to it bears great potential for improving the growth and yield of crops. We found that ATAF1 plays a key role in various biological processes that involve the mobilization of carbon from stressed cells and organs to sustain plant growth and development.
The aim of the project is to unravel the mechanistic code that activates ATAF1 expression in different tissues and through which ATAF1 exerts its regulatory functions. The research involves a wide spectrum of molecular-biological and biochemical techniques (e.g., yeast 1- and 2-hybrid, ChIPseq, RNAseq, CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, co-immunoprecipitation, BiFC) and addresses questions at the levels of physiology and development.
Applicants should have a Diploma or Master Degree in Biology or Biochemistry. For further information please contact Prof Dr Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Mueller@mpimp-golm.mpg.de.
Applications including cover letter, brief statement of interests, curriculum vitae, and the names of two referees should be sent by 7th May 2017 Kerstin Otto, email@example.com or to
Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Am Mühlenberg 1