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PhD position: Small regulatory RNAs in plant-microbe interactions

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The Department of Genetics (Prof. Dr. Martin Parniske, Dr. Arne Weiberg) at the Ludwig-Maximillians University of Munich is offering a PhD position to investigate the role of small regulatory RNAs in plant-microbe interactions.
*Area of research*
Small RNAs direct gene silencing through a mechanism called RNA interference (RNAi). Mobile small RNAs are exchanged between organisms and trigger cross-kingdom RNA silencing during host-microbe interactions. As a virulence strategy, Botrytis cinerea produces mobile small RNAs during host plant infection that hijack the host RNAi pathway and silence important plant immunity genes (Weiberg et al. Science 2013, 342:118-23). We use B. cinerea host plants, Arabidopsis thaliana and tomato, as our model systems. Understanding molecular aspects that determine cross-kingdom RNAi is the aim of this PhD project. This is of enormous interest for the implementation of RNAi-based crop protection strategies.
We offer:
  • The possibility to work on a cutting-edge project using state-of-the-art technology in a highly motivated research team
  • A stimulating, diverse and international research environment
  • At least 3 years funding support by the DFG (TV-L 50%)
Required qualifications:
  • Master or Diploma in Life Sciences (Biology, Microbiology, Botany, Agricultural Sciences)
  • Motivation to solve complex biological problems
  • Excellent communication skills (in English)
  • Experience in Plant Biology, (Small) RNA Biology, Molecular Genetics, or Bioinformatics is beneficial
Complete applications in English should include a CV, a motivation letter, a complete list of publications, a brief statement of research experiences, the addresses of two possible referees, and should be submitted in a single pdf to not later than 30.06.2015.


Art des Bewerbungszugangs
Arne Weiberg, PhD
​University of Munich (LMU)
Institute of Genetics
Grosshaderner Str. 2-4
D-82152 Martinsried
GermanyPhone: +49 (0)89 / 2180-74709
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 2180-74702
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
Arne Weiberg, PhD
University of Munich (LMU)
Institute of Genetics
Grosshaderner Str. 2-4
D-82152 Martinsried
GermanyPhone: +49 (0)89 / 2180-74709
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 2180-74702

Details der Stellenanzeige

Befristete Anstellung
Berufserfahrung vorausgesetzt
Deutschland (Bayern)
82152 Martinsried (München)
Biologie & Life Sciences, Agrarwissenschaften