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Jobs │ 23. July 2018

Doctoral candidate – Reference Number 11/2018/3

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts research in horticulture and related sciences, to promote a sustainable production of vegetables. We are a plant science institute, with a view on the use of plants as food and in our living environment. Our institute is interested in the generation of highly nutritional plant-based food. […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts research in horticulture and related sciences, to promote a sustainable production of vegetables. We are a plant science institute, with a view on the use of plants as food and in our living environment.

Our institute is interested in the generation of highly nutritional plant-based food. The work contributes to a sustainable production of high quality horticultural products meeting the consumer demands.

The Department of Plant quality and food security is looking for a

Doctoral candidate

Reference number: 11/2018/3

to work in a BMBF funded joint project “Nutritional Intervention for Healthy Aging: Food Patterns, Behavior and Products” (NutriAct). The position will be filled at the earliest possible date and is initially limited to 31.05.2021.

Salary will be according to wage group EG 13 (TV-L, salary domain east, 50 % of the regular working time) depending on candidate skills and experiences.

Tasks:

  • analyses of selected secondary and primary plant metabolites
  • studies of selected issues on bioavailability and metabolism of selected secondary and primary plant metabolites
  • development of new plant-based food products
  • conception and evaluation of plant experiments, assistance within intervention studies
  • publishing of research results

Skills and requirements:

  • a highly motivated candidate with a master or equivalent degree in food chemistry, nutritional science, horticultural science, biology, bio-chemistry, or related disciplines
  • effective knowledge in modern analytical techniques like HPLC/MS and GC/MS
  • basic knowledge in molecular biological methods
  • excellent English communication skills
  • an ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary research field

We offer

  • a research project where you will have the possibility to interact with many researchers working on a broad range of topics
  • an attractive workplace in an excellent equipped laboratory in the Berlin area
  • a PhD project embedded in as structured PhD program with attractive training possibilities

Contact: Prof. Monika Schreiner (033701 78 304; schreiner@igzev.de, or Prof. Susanne Baldermann (033701 78 241; baldermann@igzev.de). Further information can also be found in recent publications from our lab: e.g. Klopsch et al., Front. Chem. | doi: 10.3389/fchem.2018.00322; Klopsch et al. Food Chem. Int. 100, 392-403. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodres.2017.04.016.

The IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially. The IGZ wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.

Please send your application citing the reference number by 11/2018/3 of 13.08.2018 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to personal@igzev.de.

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Jobs │ 3. July 2018

Post-Doc in „Plant Signal Transduction/Nutrient Signaling“ – Reference Number: 10/2018/1

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts excellent research in a broad range of fields related to horticultural sciences in order to promote the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental crops. Our group is interested to unravel the molecular mechanisms of how plants interact with their environment. In order to strengthen our activities […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts excellent research in a broad range of fields related to horticultural sciences in order to promote the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental crops.

Our group is interested to unravel the molecular mechanisms of how plants interact with their environment. In order to strengthen our activities to investigate the SnRK1 low-energy signaling pathway in plants on the molecular level we invite applications for a

Post-Doc in „Plant Signal Transduction/Nutrient Signaling“

Reference Number: 10/2018/1)

to join our lab at the earliest possible date. The employment will be initially for two years.

The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to EG 13 (100% of the regular working time).

The successful post-holder is expected to use molecular genetics and genomics approaches to decipher the mechanisms of SnRK1 signaling in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.

Tasks include

  • identification and functional characterization of novel components of SnRK1 signaling
  • analysis of in vivo protein-protein interactions using biochemical and cell biology methods
  • generation of transgenic Arabidopsis and tobacco plants,
  • gene expression profiling by RNA Seq and basic down-stream data analysis
  • producing publication quality research results while working independently and as a team member
  • supervision of bachelor and master students

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with

  •  an excellent PhD in plant biology or related fields with a strong emphasis on molecular and cellular biology
  • expertise in molecular biology and biochemistry, especially in RT-qPCR, protein kinase assays, Y2H assays, BiFC, CO-IP, and transient expression techniques
  • experience in the use of radio tracers (P32/33) and willingness to work with radiolabeled substances
  • excellent communication skills in English (both oral and written)

We offer

  •  an inspiring and dynamic research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities
  • an exciting project of considerable fundamental and applied relevance
  • a place of employment located close to the city of Berlin

Please send a strong motivation letter stating why this is an interesting topic for you and why you have the right attitude and expertise to make progress in this field. Also send your CV, names of two references and indicate your earliest possible starting date.

Contact: Prof. Frederik Börnke (++49(0)33701 78 219; boernke@igzev.de). Further information can also be found in recent publications from our lab (e.g. Nietzsche et al., (2016) Current Plant Biology 5: 36; Nukarinen et al., (2016) Scientific Reports 6: 31697; Nietzsche et al., (2014) Frontiers in Plant Science 5: 25).

IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially.

Please send your application citing the reference number by 31st of July 2018 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to personal@igzev.de.

PDF-Document: 10-2018-1 Wiss PS

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Jobs │ 28. March 2018

PhD student in the area “Methods for mild and early crop stress handling” – Reference Number 07/2018/4

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts research in a broad range of fields related to horticultural sciences in order to promote the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental crops. Controlled Environment Horticulture, the cultivation of vegetables and ornamental crops inside structures such as greenhouses, is one focus of our institute. Within our […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts research in a broad range of fields related to horticultural sciences in order to promote the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental crops. Controlled Environment Horticulture, the cultivation of vegetables and ornamental crops inside structures such as greenhouses, is one focus of our institute. Within our research program “Horticultural Systems of the Future” and the new team “Protected Cultivation”, we aim to contribute to the development of sustainable plant production systems in protected cultivation and improve crop quality.

Modern greenhouse systems turn into plant factories and are equipped with various commercially available sensors. Those types of sensors alone often say little about early plant physiological processes and actions are often too late. In that, climate control in a greenhouse or plant factory is either done preventive with large security margins or it runs behind and tries to heal damages caused. Damages to the physiological apparatus caused by plant stress, however, are known to be reversible up to a certain point, while mild stress can have positive effects on plants in terms of harvest product composition and other quality parameters. Decisions on actions to be taken are usually done from experience where commercially used standard sensor information is used. This, however, is very subjective and unsatisfying. A possible solution would be to combine data information from those sensors as e.g. temperature, humidity, wind speed and irradiation in the microclimate with plant physiological models to so called soft sensors supplying information about the underlying plant physiological processes. Decisions on actions based on that will form the decision support system (DSS) for 1) mild stress induction and 2) avoidance of non-reversible stress damages. As for scientific work high-tech sensor technologies were developed for measuring plant physiological responses more or less directly, such ‘phenotyping’ equipment can be used for detailed measurements of stress markers that eventually will be translated to soft-sensor/sensor combined DSS.

To contribute to the target of the team “Greenhouse Production Systems” on creating model based decision support tools to the optimum of plant stress and resource use efficiency in horticultural crop production in cooperation with Wageningen University (The Netherlands), we offer the position of a:

PhD student in the area “Methods for mild and early crop stress handling”

Reference Number 07/2018/4

to join our team at the earliest possible date. The PhD student will be working at the IGZ site in Großbeeren (close to Berlin) and will be enrolled in the scientific program at Wageningen University, Horticultural Physiology Group. The employment will be initially for four years.

The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to EG 13 (65% of the regular working time).

Tasks include

  • Design and execution of plant growth and lab experiments
  • Data collection and analyses
  • Modelling of crop physiological processes
  • Creating decision support system bases
  • Writing scientific publications to a compendium of a PhD Thesis
  • Supervision of bachelor and master students
  • Presentation of results to international scientific audience

We are looking for a highly motivated open minded candidate with the following qualifications and profile

  • A Master (MSc) in horticulture, biology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Working experience on plant production and/or horticultural crop production
  • Experience of plant cultivation technologies and microclimate observations
  • Experience in using measurement technology in plant science
  • Working experience with data handling of large datasets
  • Knowledge of mathematical analytics and ability to translate processes to equations/systems
  • Experience or strong interest in modelling with Matlab, R or a related programming environment
  • Interest in travelling and many short term and/or long term stays in Wageningen (NL)
  • Knowledge of German is advantageous
  • Excellent organization and English language communication skills
  • Open, flexible and positive person, able to take the initiative
  • Able to work independently and focused but in a team

We offer

  • An inspiring and dynamic research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities
  • An exciting international collaboration project between IGZ and Wageningen University of considerable fundamental and applied relevance
  • A place of employment located close to Berlin and Potsdam

Please send a strong motivation letter stating why this is an interesting topic for you and why you have the right attitude and expertise to contribute to the project and make progress in this field. Also send your CV, copies of high school and academic certificates, names of up to three references and indicate your earliest possible starting date.

Contact: Dr. Oliver Körner (+49(0)33701 78 131; koerner@igzev.de).

IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially. The IGZ wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.

Please send your application citing the reference number by 22 April 2018 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to personal@igzev.de.

PDF-Document: 07-2018-4 Dokt

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Jobs │ 16. January 2018

Scientist in “Urban Horticutural Systems”

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts excellent research in a broad range of fields related to horticultural sciences in order to promote the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental crops. Within our research program “Horticultural Systems if the Future”, we aim to contribute to the development of sustainable plant production systems also […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) conducts excellent research in a broad range of fields related to horticultural sciences in order to promote the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental crops. Within our research program “Horticultural Systems if the Future”, we aim to contribute to the development of sustainable plant production systems also in urban environments.

The newly launched EU -China H2020 FAB Flagship project “Sino-European innovative green and smart cities – SiEUGreen” (see https://www.nibio.no/en/projects/sieugreen-sino-european-innovative-green-and-smart-cities and http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/212412_en.html) will help to develop efficient urban agriculture for multiple benefits, and thus contribute to the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership. To contribute to this project, we invite applications for a

Scientist in “Urban Horticutural Systems”

Reference Number: 03/2018/4

to join our lab at the earliest possible date. The employment will be initially for two years.

The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to EG 13 (up to 100% of the regular working time).

The successful post-holder is expected to contribute to the EU project and the EU-China partnership, considering technical, environmental and social aspects of horticulture in urban settings.

Tasks include

  • design and execution of plant growth experiments
  • data collection and analyses
  • writing scientific and popular science publications
  • supervision of bachelor and master students
  • report results and work planning in cooperation with 19 European and Chinese project partners
  • presentation of results to international scientific audience and local stake holders

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with the following qualifications and profile

  • a Master (MSc) or doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in horticulture, biology, environmental science, planning or a related field
  • working experience on plant production and/or horticultural crop production
  • experience of plant cultivation technologies
  • knowledge on organic fertilizers, soil science and wastewater treatment is advantageous
  • knowledge of German is advantageous
  • strong interest for research in urban horticulture
  • good organization and English language communication skills
  • open, flexible and positive person, able to take the initiative
  • able to work independently and focused

We offer

  •  an inspiring and dynamic research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities
  • an exciting EU project of considerable fundamental and applied relevance
  • a place of employment located close to the city of Berlin

Please send a strong motivation letter stating why this is an interesting topic for you and why you have the right attitude and expertise to contribute to the project and make progress in this field. Also send your CV, copies of highschool and academic certificates, names of two references and indicate your earliest possible starting date.

Contact: Prof. Eckhard George (++49(0)33701 78 105; george@igzev.de).

IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially. The IGZ wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.

Please send your application citing the reference number by 4th February 2018 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to personal@igzev.de.

PDF-Document: 03-2018-4 Wiss

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