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Postdoc Position - Plant Sciences, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology(m/f)

Postdoc Position in Plant Sciences at the University of Regensburg

A postdoc position in plant molecular biology of crops is available in the lab of Prof. Dr. Thomas Dresselhaus for three years starting in March 2016. Within the frame of a Bavarian research network the postdoc will investigate the role of heat stress on pollen development. Salary is at the income level TVL E13.
The University of Regensburg with its 22,000 students is an innovative and modern campus university with a strong focus on interdisciplinary research activities. It provides a broad variety of research projects and additional qualification in various soft skills and teaching capabilities for German and foreign researchers. The molecular plant sciences are integrated in Collaborative Research Centers including SFB924 investigating molecular mechanisms regulating yield and yield stability of plants. The offered position is embedded in the Bavarian research network “KlimaFit”, which investigates the genetic and physiological basis of stress susceptibility and tolerance in plants associated with the global climate change.
The postdoc will investigate the effect of short high temperature episodes (SHTs) during pollen development in maize and wheat to discover molecular mechanisms that can be used to develop SHT-tolerant grass crops. Using a number of physiological, molecular and bioinformatics methods the postdoc will determine the critical stages, generate and analyze high-throughput RNAseq datasets and finally generate mutant maize and wheat plants by genome editing. The project includes collaborations with researchers and plant breeders in Bavaria and Australia.
We are looking for strongly motivated applicants who are interested to study environmental adaptation of reproduction at the mechanistic level in grass crop plants. Candidates should have a strong background in molecular biology and cell biology. We expect that candidates are able to plan and conduct their research experiments independently and are willing to contribute with their expertise to collaborative projects. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are an essential prerequisite for the position.
Please submit your application including a motivation letter, a full CV, appropriate certificates, names of two referees as a single pdf by no later than January 31, 2016 via email to Prof. Dr. Thomas Dresselhaus:
The University of Regensburg is committed to the compatibility of family and career (for more information, please visit Preference will be given to people with disabilities in the case of otherwise equal aptitude.
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