Two graduate student positions for the sensors and signaling research group

Open positions:  2 Students - PhD positions (E13, 65%), for 3 years


The German Research Foundation (DFG​​​​​​​) has approved an extension of the Düsseldorf Collaborative Research Centre 1208 for the analysis of the identity and dynamics of biological membrane systems by a further four years from the beginning of 2020 to the end of 2023. 

The successful applicant(s) will employ a palette of genetically-encoded sensors (FRET-based, intentiometric etc.) previously generated in our laboratory for quantitative in planta imaging of candidate molecules involved in long-distance signaling (e.g. calcium). Furthermore, novel genetically-encoded indicators for voltage and osmotic pressure changes will be tested. By screening RNAseq and single-cell SEQ databases, candidate genes implied in the generation, transmission and perception of different systemic signaling molecules or those proteins necessary for the generation of electrical and osmotic signals, will be chosen, and their cell-specificity will be validated. The successful PhD applicant(s) will further isolate and/or generate mutant lines for selected candidate genes and characterize the effect of those mutants on systemic signaling. 

Thus, the ideal applicant should have a completed scientific university education (M.Sc./M.A./ Diploma/Magister) in the field of biology, agricultural sciences or related disciplines and a solid background in live cell imaging and molecular biology. Very good communication skills in spoken and written English are a prerequisite, as are high motivation, team spirit, scientific creativity, and organizational talent. Knowledge in plant physiology and electrophysiology are desirable.

Applications dead line is Feburary 3rd. 2020

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