Research Group Leader (f/m) Computational Biology

IPK Gatersleben is a large, internationally recognized centre of plant research that addresses problems of modern biology with an emphasis on crop plants. Our scientific expertise integrates a broad diversity of disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying processes of plant development, metabolism, and interactions with the environment. Our research aims at the generation of fundamental knowledge and the development of genetic and biotechnological tools to spur the knowledge-based use of plant-genetic resources to optimize a variety of crop traits. Frequently, this involves co-operation with various national and international universities as well as public-private partnerships.


For the Department of Molecular Genetics we look for a Research Group Leader (f/m) Computational Biology - network analysis and modelling.
This tenure track position is available from 01.10.2017 onwards. The position will become permanent upon positive evaluation after a period of up to five years.


Within the research focus areas of the Molecular Genetics Department, mechanisms of plant productivity, the leader of the interdisciplinary research group Network Analysis and Modelling is expected to devise and carry out an internationally competitive research program on integrative analyses of systems biology data. This may involve the derivation of networks, the analysis of network structures and dynamics, and/or the modelling and visualisation of developmental and metabolic processes. In close collaboration with experimental research groups extensive *omics data sets are analysed and made accessible in conjunction with spatially and temporally resolved phenotypic trait data. The group develops, implements and uses suitable algorithms, software-systems, and mathematical models. In addition to the group leader position, a research scientist position is allocated to the group.


Your tasks:
As research group leader you carry out independent and internationally visible research within the mission of the IPK and the Department of Molecular Genetics. You instruct and guide the members of your group and you raise third party research funding. In addition, you are involved in and support institute- and department-wide research initiatives and you co-ordinate the bioinformatics research activities of IPK in the areas of systems biology, network analyses, and modelling.


Your qualification:
You hold a PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics, or related areas of informatics or plant biology and demonstrated your reputation in this field of research by publications and conference contributions. You have strong expertise in plant bioinformatics, in database management, and in programming. You have basic knowledge in molecular physiology and developmental biology of plants and in statistics. Competence in co-worker supervision, in interdisciplinary interaction and co-operation as well as fund-raising ability will be expected.
Further information on the position is available through Prof. Dr. Thomas Altmann accessible under altmann@ipk-gatersleben.de or phone +49 (0)39482 5 214.


IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. IPK has been awarded the Hertie Foundation´s work and life balance certificate (“berufundfamilie”) for its family-friendly working conditions. The IPK campus is located in the immediate vicinity of a local day care center and primary school (Grundschule). Gross salary will be up to E14 TV-L.

Your application:
Please send your application (incl. CV, a statement on research experience and intended future work and at least two references) to Mr. Danielowski (jobs@ipk-gatersleben.de) citing the reference number 43/07/17. Please contact Mr. Danielowski also for questions regarding the application and selection procedure (phone: +49 (0)39482 5 741). The position is open immediately and will stay open until it is filled.


Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Mr. Danielowski
Corrensstraße 3, OT Gatersleben
06466 Seeland
Germany
www.ipk-gatersleben.de

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Junior research group leader Economics and Institutions of the Bioeconomy

The ScienceCampus Halle was founded in close collaboration between the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and its neighboring Leibniz Institutes to establish an inter- and transdisciplinary research center focusing on the plant-based bioeconomy. In particular, it aims to bridge the relevant disciplines from molecular to societal levels. To further strengthen its links and competences the ScienceCampus is inviting applications for a

Junior research group leader Economics and Institutions of the Bioeconomy
(up to TV-L E14 depending on personal qualification)

The ScienceCampus seeks to appoint an excellent junior scientist with a high potential for developing an internationally recognized research agenda on economic and institutional challenges of the plant-based bioeconomy. Eligible candidates should have a doctoral degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics or a related field, including an emerging track record in their postdoctoral phase with documented interests and competences in relevant economic fields such as entrepreneurship, business economics, markets and trade, institutional governance, political economy as well as societal acceptance and business ethics of the bioeconomy.

We expect the successful candidate to supervise PhD students in the field of Economics and/or Agricultural Economics. Moreover, the appointee should be willing to collaborate with researchers across the ScienceCampus and to strengthen its international visibility.

The initial appointment will be for 36 months and the preferred starting date is October 1st, 2017. After a positive evaluation in the final year, the appointment can be extended up to further 24 months. For both employment periods, the contract requirements set in the German Temporary Science Employment Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG)) have to be adhered to.

The appointee will be located at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO). The position is endowed with a budget for financing of up to 2 doctoral students, a research assistant, travelling, etc..

As equal opportunity and affirmative action employers, the members of the ScienceCampus explicitly encourage applications from women. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.

Please, submit your e-mail application accompanied by supporting documentation in English (CV, certificates, credentials, list of publications, a short statement on research plans, third-party funding, as well as the names and addresses of at least 3 references) by August 15, 2017 to: personal@iamo.de (one PDF file, max. 5 MB).

Further information on this announcement can be obtained from:
Prof. Dr. Alfons BalmannLeibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien (IAMO)
Tel.: +49 345 2928-300/-310
balmann@iamo.de
http://www.iamo.de
http://www.sciencecampus-halle.de

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Two PhD Student Positions in Developmental Genetics of Cereal Crops

The IPK is one of the world’s leading international institutions in the field of plant genetics and crop science. Its research programme and services contribute materially to conserving, exploring and exploiting crop diversity. Its research goals are driven by the need to ensure an efficient and sustainable supply of food, energy and raw materials, thereby addressing a major global ecological challenge.

The culturally diverse Independent HEISENBERG-Research Group “Plant Architecture” is primarily interested in basic research questions on how cereal inflorescences, called spikes, develop and how does this contribute to yield formation.

Your tasks:
• You are working in a research team to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of spikelet/floret development and spike architecture using latest genetic, physiological and metabolic approaches.
• Discover, isolate and functionally characterize QTL or genes for spike/spikelet/floret traits.
• Reveal gene regulatory networks determining spike shape or spikelet/floret development.
• Elucidate spatio-temporal patterns ofmetabolite and phytohormone distributions in spike and spikelet/floret sections, using latest mass spectrometric imaging.

Please send your application (incl. CV, letter of motivation, copies of certificates (uni degrees) and references) to Mr. Danielowski (jobs@ipk-gatersleben.de) citing the reference number 38/06/17 until 06.08.2017.

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Research Group Leader (f/m) Developmental Biology of Plant Seeds

IPK Gatersleben is a large, internationally recognized centre of plant research that addresses problems of modern biology with an emphasis on crop plants. Our scientific expertise integrates a broad diversity of disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying processes of plant development, metabolism, and interactions with the environment. Our research aims at the generation of fundamental knowledge and the development of genetic and biotechnological tools to spur the knowledge-based use of plant-genetic resources to optimize a variety of crop traits. Frequently, this involves co-operation with various national and international universities as well as public-private partnerships.

For the Department of Molecular Genetics we look for a Research Group Leader (f/m) Developmental Biology of Plant Seeds.


This tenure track position is open immediately. After a period of up to five years and upon positive evaluation, a permanent position will be offered. Within the research focus areas of the Molecular Genetics Department, plant vegetative growth and seed formation, the hired research group leader is expected to devise and carry out an internationally competitive research program on the molecular analysis of developmental processes of plant cells, tissues, and organs primarily addressing growth and differentiation processes involved in seed formation. This concerns determination of cell and tissue identity and control of growth and differentiation and the involved signalling and regulation mechanisms. The research group to be headed applies modern molecular biological and systems analysis approaches and has access to the excellent research infrastructure of IPK including unique HTP phenotyping platforms in novel environmentally controlled plant cultivation facilities and to IPKs plant genetic resources. It closely interacts with other complementary research groups of IPK, in particular of the Dept. Molecular Genetics, who i.a. investigate metabolic processes during seed filling and who are experts in plant phenotyping (mainly using non-invasive 2D, 3D, and 4D approaches), in image analysis, molecular and systems genetics, as well as network analysis and modelling. The group is thoroughly involved in the main research areas of IPK contributing to the investigation of plant performance in varying environmental conditions and towards elucidation of genetic causes and molecular mechanisms resulting in phenotypic variation.


Your tasks:
As research group leader you carry out independent and internationally highly visible research within the
frame of the goals of IPK and the Department Molecular Genetics. You instruct and guide the members of
your group and you raise third party research funding. In addition, you are involved in and support institute- and department-wide research initiatives.


Your qualification:
You hold a PhD in biology (botany) or any related area in biochemistry or agronomy and you have a very good reputation gained through own high-ranking research in the area of molecular biology of plant development. You have detailed molecular and systems biology expertise and have practical experience in the analysis of individual cell and tissue types and/or molecular and biochemical investigation of signal transduction and regulatory processes. The ability to handle large data sets (e.g. transcriptome data) and to analyze them (incl. proper statistics) and to use various databases will be advantageous. Competence in co-worker supervision, in interdisciplinary interaction and co-operation as well as fund-raising ability will be expected.


If you need further information on the position and the resources allocated to the group feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Altmann. You reach him under altmann@ipk-gatersleben.de or phone +49 (0)39482 5 214.
IPK is striving to increase the proportion of woman in sectors where they are inderrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. IPK is an equal opportunities employer. Handicapped persons will be preferred when equally qualified. Gross salary will be up to 100% E14 TV-L.

Your application:
Please send your application (incl. CV, a statement on research experience and intended future work and at least two references) to Mr. Danielowski (jobs@ipk-gatersleben.de) citing the reference number 27/04/17. Please contact Mr. Danielowski also for questions regarding the application and selection procedure (phone: +49 (0)39482 5 741). The position is open immediately and will stay open until it is filled.

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Mr. Danielowski
Corrensstraße 3, OT Gatersleben
06466 Stadt Seeland
Germany
www.ipk-gatersleben.de

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Postdoctoral Researcher

IPK Gatersleben is one of the leading international Research Institutes in the area of cereal genomics, breeding research, and crop development and performance. It is a recognized center of crop plant research addressing problems of modern biology. Our scientific expertise integrates disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying plant development, metabolism, and interactions with the environment. Our research aims at the generation of fundamental knowledge and the development of genetic and biotechnological tools to spur the knowledge-based use of plant-genetic resources to optimize a variety of crop traits. Frequently, this involves co-operation with various national and international universities as well as public-private partnerships.

For the working group Genomics of Genetic Resources (GGR) we are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher.


Employment could start from 01.11.2016 for a period of 3 years (in compliance with the law “WissZeitVG”), provided the final approval of the project by the funding agency.

Who we are:
The group Genomics of Genetic Resources is contributing to the international efforts of sequencing the barley and wheat genomes – both among the most important crop species worldwide. We have developed extensive genomic resources and genomic tools to either discover, exploit or utilize genomic diversity for elucidation of mechanisms underlying agronomic traits. We are interested in structural variation of cereal genomes and its impact on genome and haplotype evolution. Recently, we started genotyping of the entire barley genetic resources collection of IPK (>20,000 accessions) as a first step to improve educated selection of genetic resources for allele mining or pre-breeding.

Tell us who you are:
We are seeking a highly motivated young scientist. Tell us how you will contribute to make our Research better and why IPK is the place for you to establish the next steps of your career.

Your tasks:
The candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team (IPK Gatersleben, Helmholtz Center Munich, private Industry) working on the analysis of the barley pangenome. You will be responsible to perform research in the area of whole genome shotgun sequencing, RNASeq, and 3D conformation capture sequencing of barley. All sequencing will rely on Illumina HiSeq2500 or higher technology and may include also the PACBio Sequel platform.

Your qualification:
You possess a PhD or equivalent academic degree. You should have a strong background in molecular genetics, own hands-on experience with NGS library preparation, experience in operating NGS systems, a robust understanding of high-throughput genomic studies requiring capabilities in e.g. UNIX command line program execution, R-package applications, PERL programming or program execution. You have strong scientific writing and presentation skills and you are a team player.

If you need further information feel free to contact Dr. Nils Stein. You reach him under stein@ipkgatersleben.de or phone +49 (0) 39482 5522.


The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. The IPK was awarded the Hertie Foundation's work and balance certificate ("berufundfamilie") for its family-friendly working conditions. The IPK campus is located in the immediate vicinity of a local day care center and primary school (Grundschule). Gross salary will be up to 100% E13 TV-L.

Your application:
Please send your application (incl. letter of motivation and future research interests, CV, list of publications, certificates of university degrees and latest school report, at least three addresses of reference) to Ms. Böhme citing the reference number 37/07/16. Please contact her also for questions regarding the application and selection procedure.

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Ms. Böhme
Corrensstraße 3, OT Gatersleben
06466 Stadt Seeland
Germany
email: jobs@ipk-gatersleben.de
phone: +49 (0) 39482 5101
www.ipk-gatersleben.de

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Postdoctoral Researcher

IPK Gatersleben is one of the leading international Research Institutes in the area of cereal genomics, breeding research, and crop development and performance. It is a recognized center of crop plant research addressing problems of modern biology. Our scientific expertise integrates disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying plant development, metabolism, and interactions with the environment. Our research aims at the generation of fundamental knowledge and the development of genetic and biotechnological tools to spur the knowledge-based use of plant-genetic resources to optimize a variety of crop traits. Frequently, this involves co-operation with various national and international universities as well as public-private partnerships.


For the working group Genomics of Genetic Resources (GGR) we are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher.

Employment could start from 01.01.2017 for an initial period of 3 years. Based on performance one renewal for a second period of max 3 years will be possible (both options are valid in compliance with the law “WissZeitVG”). The group Genomics of Genetic Resources is contributing to the international efforts of sequencing the barley and wheat genomes – both among the most important crop species worldwide. We have developed extensive genomic resources and genomic tools to either discover, exploit or utilize genomic diversity for elucidation of mechanisms underlying plant characteristics or agronomic traits. We are interested in structural variation of cereal genomes and its impact on genome and haplotype evolution. Recently we started genotyping of the entire barley genetic resources collection of IPK (>20,000 accessions) as a first step to improve educated selection of genetic resources for allele mining or pre-breeding.

Tell us who you are:
We are seeking for a highly motivated young scientist. Tell us how you will contribute to make our Research better and why IPK is the place for you to establish the next steps of your career.

Your tasks:
The candidate has the possibility to contribute to any of the main research areas of the group GGR: (i) Triticeae structural and functional genome analysis, (ii) molecular cloning of genes underlying key agronomic traits in cereals, (iii) 3D structural analysis of cereal genomes at different developmental and physiological states, (iv) Triticeae pangenome analysis. The candidate support the managing of ongoing research but also has freedom to initiate own research or to establish/strengthen her/his own research profile. The selected candidate will be involved in supervising PhD and Master students and will contribute to the teaching profile of the group.

Your qualification:
You possess a PhD or equivalent academic degree. You should have a strong background in molecular genetics and a robust understanding of high-throughput genomic studies requiring capabilities in e.g. UNIX command line program execution, R-package applications, PERL programming or program execution. It is also possible to combine this expertise in opposite order of priorities. You have strong scientific writing and presentation skills and you are a team player.

If you need further information feel free to contact Dr. Nils Stein. You reach him under stein@ipkgatersleben.de or phone +49 (0) 39482 5522.
The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. The IPK was awarded the Hertie Foundation's work and balance certificate ("berufundfamilie") for its family-friendly working conditions. The IPK campus is located in the immediate vicinity of a local day care center and primary school (Grundschule). Gross salary will be up to 100% E13 TV-L.

Your application:
Please send your application (incl. letter of motivation and future research interests, CV, list of publications, certificates of university degrees and latest school report, at least three addresses of reference) to Ms. Böhme citing the reference number 36/07/16. Please contact her also for questions regarding the application and selection procedure.

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Ms. Böhme
Corrensstraße 3, OT Gatersleben
06466 Stadt Seeland
Germany
email: jobs@ipk-gatersleben.de
phone: +49 (0) 39482 5101
www.ipk-gatersleben.de

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Master-Thesis im Bereich Sequenzdatenanalyse

Das IPK gehört zu den großen, international bedeutsamen Zentren der Pflanzenforschung, in dem Probleme der modernen Biologie vorrangig an Kulturpflanzen bearbeitet werden. In unserem Institut arbeiten Menschen aus der ganzen Welt mit den unterschiedlichsten Talenten und Qualifikationen. Ihre Forschung verfolgt das Ziel einer umfassenden Nutzung pflanzengenetischer Ressourcen für eine optimierte Nahrungsmittel- und Stoffproduktion sowie für eine nachhaltige Landwirtschaft. Dazu kooperieren wir mit Arbeitsgruppen deutscher und internationaler Universitäten, mit außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen sowie Unternehmen.

Für die Arbeitsgruppe Domestikationsgenomik sind Masterarbeiten zu vergeben.
Die Arbeitsgruppe untersucht Domestikations- und Adaptionsprozesse und ihren Zusammenhang mit genetischer Diversität in den Nutzgräsern Gerste, Weizen und Roggen sowie deren wilden Verwandten. Zu diesem Zweck werden ausgehend auf von neu entwickelten genomischen Sequenzund Kartierungsressourcen umfangreiche Sequenzdatensätze analysiert.

Master-Thesis: Sie können eines von drei möglichen Themen bearbeiten:

  • Verbesserung und Benchmarking von Algorithmen zur Genomassemblierung und -kartierung
    mittels Chromosomenkonformationscapture (HiC)
  • Etablierung von Pipelines zur Analyse von allel-spezifischen Expressionsdaten (RNA-seq)
  • Transfer von populationsgenetischen Methoden aus der Humangenetik auf pflanzliche Resequenzierungsdatensätze

Während des Aufenthaltes in Gatersleben besteht die Möglichkeit der Unterbringung im Gästehaus oder in einer der zahlreichen WGs im Ort.

Weitere Informationen zur Stelle gibt Ihnen gerne Herr Dr. Martin Mascher. Sie erreichen ihn unter

mascher@ipk-gatersleben oder Tel.: 039382 5243.

Das IPK strebt eine Erhöhung des Mitarbeiteranteils von Frauen in den Bereichen an, in denen sie unterrepräsentiert sind. Qualifizierte Frauen werden deshalb ausdrücklich aufgefordert, sich zu bewerben. Als mit dem Zertifikat berufundfamilie ausgezeichnete Einrichtung bietet das Institut familienfreundliche Arbeitsbedingungen. In unmittelbarer Nähe befinden sich eine Kita sowie eine Grundschule. Schwerbehinderte erhalten bei gleicher Qualifizierung den Vorzug. Die Vergütung der Stelle erfolgt in Anlehnung an die „Richtlinien der Tarifgemeinschaft der Länder über die Arbeitsbedingungen für Wissenschaftliche und Studentische Hilfskräfte“.

Interesse an einer Masterthesis? Dann wenden Sie sich bitte an:
Dr. Martin Mascher
Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK)
Corrensstraße 3, OT Gatersleben
06466 Stadt Seeland
Email: mascher@ipk-gatersleben.de
Tel.: 039482 5243
www.ipk-gatersleben.de

 

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Bachelor- und Masterthesis

Das IPK gehört zu den großen, international bedeutsamen Zentren der Pflanzenforschung, in dem Probleme der modernen Biologie vorrangig an Kulturpflanzen bearbeitet werden. In unserem Institut arbeiten Menschen aus der ganzen Welt mit den unterschiedlichsten Talenten und Qualifikationen. Ihre Forschung verfolgt das Ziel einer umfassenden Nutzung pflanzengenetischer Ressourcen für eine optimierte Nahrungsmittel- und Stoffproduktion sowie für eine nachhaltige Landwirtschaft. Dazu kooperieren wir mit Arbeitsgruppen deutscher und internationaler Universitäten, mit außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen sowie Unternehmen.


Für die Arbeitsgruppe Cryo und Stressbiologie sind Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten zu vergeben: Physiologische und biochemische Stressreaktionen von meristematischen Geweben während Trocknungs- und Gefrierprozessen.

Die Arbeitsgruppe Cryo- und Stressbiologie ist zentraler Bestandteil der Bundeszentralen ex-situ Genbank für landwirtschaftliche und gartenbauliche Kulturpflanzen und verantwortlich für die in-vitro Erhaltung und Kryolagerung von aktuell 1.700 Akzessionen. Um die dauerhafte Lagerung von wertvollem Pflanzenmaterial zu garantieren wird schwerpunktmäßig an der Optimierung von Kryoprotokollen und der Erforschung von Stressreaktionen an Modelorganismen gearbeitet.

Bachelor-Thesis:
Physiologische Stressreaktionen von meristematischem Pflanzengewebe auf Trocknungs- und
Gefrierprozesse.

Master-Thesis:
Physiologische, biochemische und quantitativ genetische Analysen von Trocknungs- und
Gefrierprozessen an meristematischen Geweben von Modellpflanzen.

Während des Aufenthaltes in Gatersleben besteht die Möglichkeit der Unterbringung im Gästehaus oder

in einer der zahlreichen WGs im Ort.

Weitere Informationen gibt Ihnen gerne Frau Dr. Manuela Nagel. Sie erreichen sie unter nagel@ipkgatersleben.
de oder Tel.: 039482 5156.

Das IPK strebt eine Erhöhung des Mitarbeiteranteils von Frauen in den Bereichen an, in denen sie unterrepräsentiert sind. Qualifizierte Frauen werden deshalb ausdrücklich aufgefordert, sich zu bewerben. Als mit dem Zertifikat berufundfamilie ausgezeichnete Einrichtung bietet das Institut familienfreundliche Arbeitsbedingungen. In unmittelbarer Nähe befinden sich eine Kita sowie eine Grundschule. Schwerbehinderte erhalten bei gleicher Qualifizierung den Vorzug. Die Vergütung der Stelle erfolgt in Anlehnung an die „Richtlinien der Tarifgemeinschaft der Länder über die Arbeitsbedingungen für Wissenschaftliche und Studentische Hilfskräfte“.

Interesse an einer Bachelor- oder Masterthesis? Dann wenden Sie sich bitte an:
Dr. Manuela Nagel
Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK)
Corrensstraße 3, OT Gatersleben
06466 Stadt Seeland
Email: nagel@ipk-gatersleben.de
Tel.: 039482 5156
www.ipk-gatersleben.de

 

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