The research projects of the Department of Genetics and Genomics of Plants are based on the integrated application of molecular biological methods, genomic high-throughput technologies and applied bioinformatics. Our goals generally lie in the identification and characterization of genes and gene families that are of interest for breeding and/or for basic research in biology.
Grapevine (Vitis vinifera) is one of the oldest and most widespread cultivated plants of mankind. V. vinifera is primarily endemic to the temperate regions of the Mediterranean, Central Europe and Southwest Asia, although nowadays large cultivation areas are also found in both parts of America, Australia and the Western Cape of Africa.
The traditional grape varieties grown in Germany and Central Europe are usually highly susceptible to several major pests and stresses, which is reinforced by the advancing climate change. Closely related wild Vitis species are known to offer positive resistance or tolerance properties. Such genotypes are increasingly being used in grapevine breeding. However, the genetic architecture of the wild Vitis species, the genome regions transferred to the new breeds and the respective molecular regulation mechanisms of the transferred characteristics ("traits") are largely unknown.
The research subject of the position to be filled is the genetic and genomic characterization of phenotypically relevant grapevine genotypes as well as the molecular identification of genes, gene families and regulatory mechanisms for responses to environmental stress in grapevine.
Research tasks (70 %):
- independent handling of scientific questions in the context of genomic, genetic and molecular characterization of stress responses of different Vitis genotype
Teaching tasks (20 %):
- 2.6 teaching hours in modules offered by the Faculty of Biology
Other tasks (10 %):
- participation in the organization of the department
Employment is conductive to scientific qualification.
- Salary according to remuneration level 13 TV-L
- befristet (3 years) (§ 2 (1) sentence 1 of the WissZeitVG; in accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases)
- Teilzeit 65 %
- internal and external training opportunities
- variety of health, consulting and prevention services
- reconcilability of family and work
- flexible working hours
- good transport connection
- supplementary company pension
- collegial working environment
- open and pleasant working atmosphere
- exciting, varied tasks
- completed, relevant scientific university degree (e. g. Master of Science or equivalent) in bioinformatics, biology with bioinformatic components or any closely related field with excellent results
- profound knowledge in bioinformatics and molecular biology, especially in dealing with data sets from new "long read" sequencing technologies
- solid knowledge in programming languages (e. g. Java, Python)
- good written and spoken English communication skills
- independent, self-reliant and dedicated style of work
- cooperative and team-oriented way of working
- basic knowledge of cloud computing
- basic knowledge in dealing with "command line interfaces"
- experience with using package/container managers
- experience with (co-)supervision of laboratory or programming internships (e. g. in bachelor's programs)
- good written and spoken knowledge of scientific English
We are looking forward to receiving your application. To apply, please preferably use our online form via the application button below.
application deadline: 07.12.2023