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Reference number: 2019D-110-117

PhD positions
(natural, agronomical or bioinformatics sciences)

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: Stem water storage and its role in buffering the effect of drought on yield potential in pre-flowering stages of maize
Topic 2: Active and passive chlorophyll fluorescence measurements for field phenotyping under elevated CO2
Topic 3: Detection of fungal leaf diseases in sugar beet fields
Topic 4: Enabling high-performance imaging spectroscopy for the breeders / farmers field
Topic 5: Polysaccharide root exudates from perennial plants and their function in marginal soil aggregate formation
Topic 6: The influence of seed traits on seed emergence and early vigor of plants at adverse environmental conditions
Topic 7: Modelling of long-distance tracer transport in plants
Topic 8: Image-based Plant Model Inference with Deep Learning

Please apply using our online recruitment system by clicking the job title.

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

Requirements for all projects (please add the requested documents to your application as only complete applications can be considered):

• 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 short text statement on your research interest and experience including a description of your specific interest 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, 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 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.

The deadline for application is 5th of May 2019.

Job interviews will take place in May/June 2019. Depending on the candidates availability the positions can be filled promptly.