PhD Position in Plant Development

University of Tubingen Center for Plant Molecular Biology


PhD position in Plant Development (m/f/d, E13 TV-L, 65%)

Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP)

Bewerbungsfrist : 15.4.2021

PhD position in Plant Development (m/f/d, E13 TV-L, 65%)

A PhD position in plant development is available in the Research Group Wolf at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tübingen. 

How the development of complex multicellular organisms is accomplished through coordinated cell proliferation, differentiation, and growth is a fundamental biological question. The rigid, yet dynamic plant cell wall, is known to guide morphogenesis through selective restriction of cell expansion and is under constant surveillance by cell surface receptors connected to intracellular signalling. However, very little is known about how this cell wall-mediated feedback signalling intersects with the regulatory mechanisms of plant development. Using state-of-the-art genetic tools, life cell imaging, and cell type-specific expression analysis, we aim to unravel how cues from the cell wall affect cellular behaviour. With thereby seek to decipher the role of cell wall signalling in the control of cell fate and to understand how extracellular cues are integrated with development of the shoot apical meristem, which harbours the stem cell niche generating most of the above-ground plant organs.

Applicants should hold a degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or a related field. Background knowledge of plant development is of advantage, but not required. The ZMBP is a world‐class center for Plant Biology research and is situated in a brand-new and well-equipped building in the University of Tübingen science campus, providing cutting-edge facilities and expertise in a wide range of molecular plant sciences. A structured PhD program offers a broad interdisciplinary education in the molecular life sciences, and facilitates their acquisition of diverse key qualifications.

The University of Tübingen is committed to increase the proportion of women in Science and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. The employment will be carried out by the administration of the University of Tübingen. The position (E13 TV-L, 65%) is currently funded for three years. 

Applications will be accepted until April 15th or until the position is filled and should include a motivation letter, CV, and academic records. Please send informal inquiries or your application as a single PDF via email to:
Dr. Sebastian Wolf

Project related literature:
Holzwart et al., 2018. PNAS 115 (46): 11838-11843 
Schürholz et al., 2018 Plant Physiology 178: 40-53 
Holzwart et al., 2019. Plant Physiology 182: 669–678
Wolf et al., 2014. PNAS 111:15261-6

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