PhD in fungal genetics / comparative genomics

The Terrestrial Microbiology lab at the University ofCologne invites applications for two PhD students in fungal genetics / comparative genomics. The offered positions are part of the ERC-funded project conVIRgens, which utilizes the model organism Ustilago maydis to approach a pioneering enterprise: the synthetic reconstructionnof eukaryotic pathogens.

Activities and responsibilities

  • Guided by transcriptomics and comparative genomics, fungal virulence will be deconstructed by successive deletion of the U. maydis effector repertoire
  • Synthetic effector modules will be defined to reconstruct specific features of fungal virulence
  • Fungal mutant strains will be generated and functionally characterizated
  • Within conVIRgens, you will work in a team of Postdocs, PhD- and undergraduate students

Qualification profile

  • Fascination with fungal genetics, comparative genomics and plant pathology
  • A MSc in Biology or comparable, skills in microbial genetics and a demonstrated expertise in genome/transcriptome analyses are mandatory
  • Excellent English skills, both written and spoken
  • Hands-on experience in plant-microbe interactions, evolutionary genetics and computational data analysis is ppreciatedamen mit


  • a diverse and fair working environment
  • support in reconciling work and family life
  • flexible working time models
  • extensive advanced training opportunities
  • occupational health management offers
  • local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: Wiss1810-15

About Universität zu Köln

Institute for Theoretical Physics We do theoretical physics from cosmology and quantum gravity to biophysics and evolution; from mathematical physics to quantum effects in novel materials. Close collaboration with experimental physicists, mathematicians and biologists is an important aspect of our work. This has given rise to several interdisciplinary projects and funding initiatives.  

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