PhD student group Höfgen

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm

Plant Research Structural and Cell Biology Physiology

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD student (m/f/d)

Job offer from October 10, 2019

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology was founded on 1 January 1994 under the founding director Prof. Dr. Lothar Willmitzer. About 360 employees from all over the world work on researching the secrets of plants. The Institute's work focuses on research into processes that determine or influence plant growth and biomass production.

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam is looking, in the frame of the BEETHOVEN LIFE project “Dissection of the signaling function of O-acetylserine in plants” under the supervision of Dr. Rainer Hoefgen (starting on 1st January 2020 and limited until 3 years), for a PhD student (m/f/d).

Project description

Primary metabolites, such as amino acids, often function as signals to trigger transcriptional responses in plants. One of such signal molecules is the precursor of cysteine, O-acetylserine (OAS), which links the three assimilatory pathways of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. The level of OAS regulates expression of a group of genes, so called “OAS cluster” genes. The aim of this project is dissecting the physiological role of the proteins encoded by the OAS cluster genes and characterization of the molecular mechanisms of the signaling and regulatory role of OAS in plants.

The project is executed in tight collaboration with two partner institutions: Botanical Institute, Cologne Biocenter at University of Cologne, Prof. Stanislav Kopriva and Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Prof. Agnieszka Sirko and Dr. Anna Wawrinska.

Your Profile

  • Master degree (or  equivalent) in one of life sciences disciplines
  • Documented scientific achievements
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Experience in molecular biology
  • Independent thinking in experiment designing
  • Eagerness to learn new techniques and to assimilate literature of the field
  • Willingness to collaborate with other scientists and laboratories

Required documents (applications in English and in pdf format):

  • CV
  • Letter-of-intent (maximum 1 page)
  • Letter of reference (at least 1)
  • Copy of master diploma (or equivalent)
  • The candidates may include additional information or copies of documents/certificates in support of the application

Address for applications:

(please include in your offer: "In accordance with the personal data protection act from 29th August 1997, I hereby agree to process and to store my personal data by the Institution for recruitment purposes.”)

Closing date:  30.11.2019

Selected candidates will be interviewed in December 2019 and asked to present their MSc thesis work.

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