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Doctoral student (f/m) to evaluate a new LIFT instrument and use novel concepts for automated plant phenotyping in the laboratory and field

Advertising institute: IBG-2 - Plant Sciences
Reference number: D033/2014, Plant biology, agronomy or a related area

For our Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Plant Sciences (IBG-2) we are seeking a

Doctoral student (f/m) to evaluate a new LIFT instrument and use novel concepts for automated plant phenotyping in the laboratory and field.

We offer a 3-year position that (i) entails excellent working environment within a multidisciplinary research field, (ii) is part of a motivated and growing group of international researchers and (iii) will be embedded in the structured doctoral training program of the institute including supervision by a doctoral committee and an organized training in research and soft skills.

We are looking for a candidate in plant biology, agronomy or related fields for the establishment of novel phenotyping approaches that use light induced fluorescence transients (LIFT). The IBG-2 has long standing experience in using this technology for quantitative assessment of photosynthetic parameters. The recent generation of the instrument is available for this project. The technical evaluation and the scientific studies will be conducted in close cooperation with partners in Australia at the University of Wollongong and the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility. The candidate is free to travel between the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the partner institutions in Australia. The project will be jointly supervised by scientists from Germany and Australia and the doctoral thesis can be submitted either at a German or Australian University.

Candidates should hold a master or diploma degree in plant biology, agronomy or a related area with a good final grade (in the German system 2.0 or better).

The position requires good theoretical and practical knowledge of plant photosynthesis; experience and interest in installation and application of methods and approaches for the assessment of photosynthesis; knowledge and interest in using optical methods to quantify photosynthesis ability to work independently and in an international research team; excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; the enthusiasm to perform a doctoral study that will take place in Germany and Australia

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Uwe Rascher, e-mail: .

Equal opportunity is a cornerstone of our staff policy. Applications from disabled persons are welcomed. Payment of the PhD fellow will be based on salary grade 13/2 Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the candidate's profile and the subject of his/her PhD thesis an additional allowance may be granted.

Please send your application – quoting the reference number D033/2014 - with the relevant documentation to:

Mr. K. Beumers
Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich