Highly motivated PhD scholars are invited for a newly funded PhD Scholarships position in plant embryo development. The goal is to investigate how the stem cells of the shoot meristem are formed during embryo development. This project is part of the German Excellence Program awarded to the University of Freiburg. The PhD position covers the entire length of the PhD (typically 03-04 years) providing a competitive salary, health care and additional benefits. The program includes participation in international scientific meeting and training courses.
The goal of PhD project is to understand the genetic and epigenetic networks that establish shoot meristem stem cells during embryo development in the model plant Arabidopsis:
(1) Analyze the transcriptome dynamics and epigenetic changes during stem cell initiation.
(2) Use synthetic biology to simulate stem cell formation.
(3) Collaborate with international partners for the agricultural use of meristem formation.
The project lively team has members of different countries and the lab language is English. German is not required. The University of Freiburg is routinely among the best German Universities in international rankings. The PhD program offers diverse courses and workshops for career planning and academic practices. Advanced facilities for systems biology, protein analysis, and imaging are available. Group activities include scientific (e.g. annual retreat) and recreational events (sports, hiking, BBQ). The city of Freiburg is located in the Black Forest, next to France, Switzerland, and the Alps, which provides many opportunities for outdoor activities.
To be eligible for Scholarships position, an applicant must:
- MSc in Biology or related field
- Research experience
Applicants for PhD Scholarships position in Plant Biology are required to submit the following documents with application:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of Motivation
- Research Proposal