Job offer from December 06, 2018

    The working group of F. Kragler, Department 2, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, located in Potsdam (close to Berlin), Germany, is seeking

    two Postdoc and two PhD candidates

    RNA / Developmental / Computational Biologists Positions

    The successful applicants will be involved in research and contribute to operations in the area of plant RNA - protein binding function, plant development, plant single cell sequencing with respect to intercellular communication based on graft-mobile mRNAs (

    We are seeking individuals with a Master or PhD in RNA biochemistry, plant cell biology//bioinformatics or a related disciplines and demonstrable high-level competence in analysis of RNA function, plant phenotyping, advanced gene-expression by single cell, and/or tissue specific analysis, using *advanced imaging* and *bioinformatics*. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are required in this interdisciplinary study including outstanding record keeping, good/excellent IT literacy, willingness and ability to learn new methodologies and strong communication skills, including demonstrable ability to write clearly and concisely in English. Key responsibilities of the posts are to use, develop and improve advanced single cell sequencing (Drop-seq) approaches, establish expression data analysis pipelines based on single cell transcriptomes, RNA-protein interactions, and/or imaging methods (e.g. CLSM time-lapse imaging and use and improvement of methods for in vivo detection of RNA) and associated approaches. The scientific questions asked relate to how RNA molecules exchanged between cells regulate plant growth and how these are transported between cells which is addressed by three working groups funded by the ERCSyg. Please, refer to: Thieme et al. 2015, Nature Plants; Zhang et al. 2016, Plant Cell; Kehr and Kragler et al. 2018, Tansley Review, New Phytologist; for relevant published work by the group and consortium.

    The Postdoc position holders should also be interested in project management as he/she will also contribute in training of new or junior researchers. The successful applicant will be a strong team player, highly solution-oriented and will have a key role in ensuring smooth running of lab activities in the area of intercellular communication. He/She expected to support funding applications in the area of plant development/RNA biology.

    Payment and benefits will depend on age and experience and will be according to the German TVöD scale. An appointment will only be made if and when a suitable candidate is identified and applications will be first evaluated end of January 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The post is initially for 2 years with possibility for extensions. The posts would suit young researchers who are passionate about plant biology and novel signaling systems based on intercellular transported RNAs and also wish to obtain training and experience in novel techniques or in establishing these.

    The application should include a two-page CV and a letter of motivation stating clearly how previous experience and interests match the post requirements and career aspirations, names and addresses of two referees and should be submitted electronically as *one file (yourname_ERCSYG)* to the project coordinator Dr. Kragler (, by 31st January 2019.

    The Max-Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

    The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MPP) in Potsdam ( is one of the world's premier sites committed to basic research and training in plant science. The institute has three science departments, several independent research groups and specialist support, totaling >300 staff including externally funded positions.

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