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Postdoc quantitative root and rhizosphere phenotyping

Advertising institute: IBG-2 - Plant Sciences
Reference number: 2017-237

Plants are the fundamental basis of nutrition as well as raw materials and recyclables starting material for the energetic and material use of biomass. At the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Institute Plant Science (IBG - 2) an integrated approach for the intensification and sustainability of crop production and plant utilization will be developed to enable sustainable crop production for the bio-economy of the future.

We are looking to recruit a

Postdoc quantitative root and rhizosphere phenotyping

Your Job:

  • Phenotype root architecture traits and root x microbe traits using model crop species wheat, maize and soybeans
  • QTL mapping
  • Discovery of root x microbe phenotypes for application in agriculture
  • Quantitative phenotyping experiments, incl. statistical analysis, with automated phenotyping systems; e.g. based on non-invasive imaging time-series (in 2- and/or 3-D)

Your Profile:

  • Scientist with a Ph.D. in biosciences, plant biology, agronomy or related field
  • Knowledge of plant-environment interactions and root phenotypic plasticity
  • Experience in conducting research using crop model systems and/or experience in phenotypic characterization of diverse crop germplasm collections
  • Experience working with microorganisms (seed- applied biologicals)
  • Experience in the application of non-invasive methods for the quantitative evaluation of plant structure and function, including experience handling large plant numbers
  • Experience in statistical methods for evaluating effects of various treatments and detection of QTL in mapping populations
  • Ability to work independently and in a research team including technical personnel
  • Knowledge of both written and spoken English

Our Offer:

  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • The opportunity to work in a team of motivated scientists and engineers,

as well as with international Partners
  • Creation of innovative Technologies
  • Improvement of professional skills through participating national and

international conferences and through diverse advanced training programs
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects, starting November 2017
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant's qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 13 TVöD-Bund

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particulary welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 15.12.2017, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact Human Resource Development and Recruiting
Anja Schurf
Tel.:+49 2461 61 9700