PhD position in Plant Molecular Biology

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Our central research topic is the molecular dissection of photosynthesis and of its interdependence of, and integration into, other cellular processes - within and outside chloroplasts (further information:
To strengthen our team we are looking for a PhD student for the project
  • Organelle-to-nucleus signaling (recommended reading: Leister Front Plant Sci 19:135. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2012.00135. eCollection 2012; Kleine et al. Trends Genet 25: 185-192. doi: 10.1016/j.tig.2009.02.004)
Signals originating from chloroplasts and mitochondria modulate nuclear gene expression (retrograde signaling). The aim of our research is to understand how the signals generated in the organelles are relayed to the nucleus. Those results will not only increase our understanding of photosynthesis regulation. But many of the components of signaling networks are common to abiotic/acclimation pathways and many stimuli are found in all organisms ranging from bacteria to humans. The knowledge derived from this project therefore will advance our understanding of signal transduction per se and provides the basis for generation of crop plants with improved properties.
Thus, we are investigating retrograde signaling pathways with various cutting-edge technologies that include Next Generation Sequencing, biochemistry, inducible RNAi and protein over-expression, reporter gene based expression studies, RNA-seq and biophysical and analytical approaches.

Interested and motivated applicants should have a strong background in molecular biology and biochemistry. An interest in bioinformatics would be of advantage. We offer a well-equipped, modern and highly interactive research environment within the LMU Biology Campus, Martinsried.

Applications (CV, letter of motivation and the contact details of two referees) should be sent per e-mail (subject:”PhD position signaling”) until 15.08.2015 to:

Prof. Dr. Leister, Biozentrum der LMU München, Bereich Botanik, Großhaderner Str. 2-4, 82152 Planegg-Martinsried, Deutschland.


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Applications (CV, letter of motivation and the contact details of two referees) should be sent per e-mail (subject:”PhD position signaling”) until 15.08.2015 to:

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Deutschland (Bayern)
82152 Planegg - Martinsried / München
Biologie & Life Sciences

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Biozentrum der LMU München Department Biologie I, Bereich Botanik Großhaderner Str. 2-4 82152 Planegg-Martinsried

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