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PhD student (m/f) "Near-infrared spectroscopy as part of quality assurance systems in ornamental young plant production”

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The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant and environmental sciences. The IGZ has sites in Großbeeren (close to Berlin) and Erfurt, and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts internationally oriented, strategic research for sustainable production of vegetables and ornamentals, contributing to the conservation of natural resources.
Our group “Adventitious Root Formation” has continuous expertise in research with focus on physiological processes and environmental factors controlling adventitious root formation in cuttings.
We are looking for a
PhD student
Reference number: 03/2014/PE Erf.
(wage group TV-L, salary domain Ost, EG 13, 50% of the regular working time
from 1 October 2014 to 31 March 2017)
to work within the joint project "Near-infrared spectroscopy as part of quality assurance systems in ornamental young plant production” in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (HSWT) granted by the Deutsche Innovationspartnerschaft Agrar (DIP).
In frame of the PhD study at the IGZ site at Erfurt the dynamic plasticity in nitrogen and carbohydrate metabolites in shoot tip cuttings will be analysed in response to the nitrogen preconditioning of donor plants with important plant species and with special regard on postharvest fitness in terms of leaf senescence and rooting potential after transport simulation in darkness. The experimental work includes physical postharvest treatments and particular plant analyses of the plant metabolome (i.e. amide-, nitrate-, amino-, protein-N, use of Kjeldahl-N; carbohydrates, use of spectrophotometry; amino acids, use of UPLC), and selected parts of the transcriptome (use of Real-Time PCR) combined with near-infrared spectroscopy and non-destructive leaf chlorophyll assessments.
We expect
  • an above-average Master or a Diploma in horticultural/agricultural sciences, biology, biotechnology or related disciplines
  • firm interest in plant physiology and plant nutrition and related analytical procedures
  • good interpersonal and good English communication skills
We offer
  • an attractive work place with excellent facilities and environment in Erfurt
  • to become part of a team of students and researchers focussing on applied and fundamental aspects of adventitious root development, nutrition and stress physiology
Contact: Dr. Siegfried Zerche, (+49 36201 785219;          
This doctorate can be jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Winkelmann at Leibniz Universität Hannover.
The IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially.
Please send your application citing the reference number by 21 September 2014 to:
IGZ Großbeeren/Erfurt e.V., Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren
or online in pdf-format to .
Applications will be acknowledged, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


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IGZ Großbeeren/Erfurt e.V.
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Deutschland (Thüringen)
99090 Erfurt - Kühnhausen
Agrarwissenschaften, Biologie & Life Sciences