Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. PhD Student Position

Job Offer from January 30, 2017

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam invites applications for a PhD Student Position (code 02/17) in the recently established group “Regulation of photosynthesis” headed by Ute Armbruster. The focus of the group lies on understanding how photosynthesis is regulated in dynamic light environments. The PhD project aims at identifying and characterizing the regulatory mechanisms involved on molecular level.

We expect:

  • Enthusiasm for basic research on plants
  • Recent and outstanding Master of Science degree
  • Profound experience in molecular biology
  • Excellent command of English (oral and written)
  • Expertise in MS office programs
  • Bioinformatics skills are advantageous (e.g. “R”)

Our project includes:

  • Mapping of causal mutations by NGS sequencing
  • Analyzing photosynthetic parameters by chlorophyll fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy
  • Establishing electrophysiological measurements for thylakoid ion flux
  • Presenting work in progress seminars and at conferences

We offer:

  • PhD position for three years payed according to German public service pay scale
  • Competent mentoring by multiple senior scientists at the Institute
  • Working in a young international team of highly motivated scientists
  • Access to the infrastructure of one of the leading plant science institutes in the world


Applications including cover letter (providing motivation, research interests, and previous achievements), curriculum vitae, and the names of two referees should be sent by 14th March 2017 to

Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Wissenschaftspark Golm
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Potsdam

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