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New Advertisement of PhD positions within the IBG-2 graduate program “Quantitative Plant Sciences”. Apply now!

Neue Ausschreibung von Doktorandenstellen im Rahmen des IBG-2-Graduiertenprogramms “Quantitative Plant Science”. Jetzt bewerben!

Within its graduate program “Quantitative Plant Sciences” the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Plant Sciences (IBG-2) seeks several

PhD students D051/2016 (natural, agronomical or bioinformatics sciences)
for a 3 year position

Plants provide biomass for the growing demands in a world with increasing population, less fossil resources and higher risks for the environment. Plants are the basis of a future bio-economy, where renewable raw materials from plants are used for delivering healthy food to a growing population as well as for non-food applications for materials, chemicals and energy. Plant production is affected by climate change and plants are key elements in mitigation of climate change.
On the basis of molecular, physiological and ecological expertise, the Institute focuses on integrated concepts for an intensified and sustainable crop production. New technologies, such as phenotyping with non-invasive methods combined with bioinformatics, open up new opportunities to generate and apply knowledge on plants for a sustainable bio-economy.

Ph.D. positions are offered in the following themes:

Topic 1: Investigating the impact of breeding on canopy structure – a potential route to increase light use efficiency in crops.

Topic 2: Understanding the spatio-temporal dynamics of canopy photosynthesis by sun-induced fluorescence.

Topic 3: Understanding plant water content and fluxes by active thermography.

Topic 4: Accurate quantitative and dynamic PET imaging with the phenoPET scanner for plant studies.

Topic 5: Photosynthesis in a dynamic irradiance: Mathematical model and its experimental validation.

Topic 6: Root phenotyping in lab and field: How can they together push forward science and breeding?

Topic 7: In Depth: Environmental indicators for predicting root growth and development of temperate cereals.

Topic 8: Root temperature and its influence on the food quality of horticulture crops

Topic 9: Phosphorus uptake and storage in microalgae.

Topic 10: Exploiting natural variation for studies of plant responses to future climate: linking genomics and HTP Phenotyping for discovery of adaptive traits.

On the internet link
you can find more detailed information about the different projects.

Requirements for all projects:

  • University degree in any discipline that can actively contribute to one of the above mentioned topics in experiment or theory with a good final grade (in the German system 2.0 or better). Please also pay attention to the requirements expressed in the project descriptions.
  • Minimum one letter of recommendation, a statement on your research interest and experience and a description of your specific interest in one (or more) of the above mentioned topics.
  • Preferably experience in one (or more) of the above mentioned topics.
  • Strong interest in working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Strong English writing and communication skills

We Offer:
IBG-2 - Plant Sciences offers a unique interdisciplinary working environment developing and using excellent infrastructure and modern approaches in plant physiology addressing major challenges of plant production for a sustainable bioeconomy.

  • We offer world-class infrastructure and expertise in plant phenotyping
  • The opportunity to work in a unique interdisciplinary team (scientists, engineers, technicians) and with national and international partners.
  • Professional development and career plans with specific training programs (incl. a doctoral program of FZJ and IBG-2) and national and international conferences.

For further information about the application process please contact

Prof. Dr. Ingar Janzik,


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 EG 13 (50%). 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 and the position/topic of interest – ideally as an electronic version with the relevant documentation until
17th of June 2016 to:

Mr. K. Beumers,

Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften,
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, 52425 Jülich, Deutschland,


Only complete applications will be considered.
Job interviews will take place end of June and in July 2016. Depending on the candidates availability the positions can be filled promptly.