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Jobs │ 5. March 2019

Post-doctoral researcher in development economics with a focus on longitudinal data collection and analysis (f,m,d) – Reference number: 12/2019/3

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren near Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren near Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from different disciplines work together on core-funded and grant-funded projects, in collaboration with national and international research partners.

The research group “Economic Development and Food Security” in the programme area “Plant Quality and Food Security” at IGZ analyses the role of individuals, groups and institutions in creating, shaping and overcoming malnutrition and food insecurity and how food demand responds to rapidly changing institutions and environments. We do so collecting and analysing micro-level survey data, implementing impact evaluations and conducting behavioural experiments. We also build capacity, for example in the international expert network Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR), and promote inter-disciplinary research on economic development and food security, for example by co-hosting the annual Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) and the Life in Kyrgyzstan Conferences (LiK). Our work hence uncovers how best to achieve food and nutritional security under challenging circumstances during socio-economic development.

Specifically, the research group pursues distinct work streams. First, we analyse how plant-based food value chains can adapt to produce more diverse, healthier diets, especially in times of climate change. Second, we investigate if and how interventions such as school and home gardens can strengthen economic development, gender equality, food and nutritional security in low income settings. Third, we study how consumers adapt their diets and related nutritional behaviours and preferences in rapidly changing food system.

To continue our work on plant-based food value chains collecting and analysing large scale longitudinal survey data, especially with the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study, we are looking for a

Post-doctoral researcher in development economics with a focus on longitudinal data collection and analysis (f,m,d)

Reference number: 12/2019/3

(Salary and benefits are according to public service regulations in Germany,
E14 TV-L, salary domain Ost)

The successful candidate will

  • lead our research stream on plant-based food value chains
  • design, collect and analyse independently the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study data for coping strategies and welfare impacts at the individual and household levels
  • mobilise research funding, for example from the DFG, to extend the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study
  • design, collect and analyse other micro-level survey data and impact evaluations including randomized control trials on horticulture and food security
  • contribute to the design and writing of grant applications from donors like the DFG, EU and research foundations
  • present research findings at conferences and research seminars
  • co-organise the annual LEADS event
  • publish project results in leading journals in agricultural and development economics and in general-interest (multi-disciplinary) journals
  • interact with our academic and policy-oriented partners and collaborators

We expect

  • A PhD in development economics
  • An excellent academic record
  • Extensive experience in designing, collecting and analysing panel data in low income countries, preferably in Central Asia
  • Experience in international economic development, in particular at the micro level
  • Experience working on conflict-affected and fragile areas
  • Experience in working with panel data and impact evaluations
  • Excellent quantitative skills in advanced micro-econometric software like Stata and/or R
  • Experience in developing and writing grant proposals
  • An interest in horticultural production systems and processes
  • Excellent English and Russian communication skills

Additional language proficiency would be an advantage.

Employment for this position will be for three years. The preferred starting date is 1 June 2019.

We offer

  • A demanding job in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Support for developing your research profile
  • An attractive workplace in the Berlin area

Interested candidates should send a CV, a one-page statement of research interests and experience, copies of academic certificates and the names of two referees.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück (033701 78124; brueck@igzev.de, www.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 12/2019/3 of 31.03.2019 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-Dokument: 12-2019-3 Wiss Brü

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Jobs │ 26. February 2019

PhD student in Plant-Pathogen Interactions – Reference number: 10/2019/1

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren close to Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren close to Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from different disciplines work together on core-funded and grant-funded projects, in collaboration with national and international research partners.

Our group is interested to unravel the molecular mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions. This knowledge will help us to devise strategies for the development of horticultural production systems with less environmental impact.

In a project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) on the subject “Functional analysis of bacterial type-III effectors in plants” we are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious

PhD student in Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Reference number: 10/2019/1

 Employment will be initially for three 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).

The current PhD project aims at the characterization of novel effector targets in plants and the elucidation of their roles in plant defence responses.

Tasks include

  • Generation of DNA constructs for protein expression in plants, yeast and bacteria
  • Infection of plants with bacteria
  • Identification and characterization of protein-protein interactions using the yeast two-hybrid system and bi-molecular fluorescence complementation
  • Characterization of induced defense responses in plants using molecular, cell biology and modern genomics approaches

We are looking for candidates with

  • a MSc degree or diploma in biology or related field with a strong emphasis on molecular and cellular biology
  • a firm background in the field of plant-pathogen interactions
  • good proficiency in English (both oral and written)

We offer

  • an inspiring and dynamic research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities
  • extensive supervision and 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. Albers et al. (2018) BioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/409235; Üstün and Börnke (2015) Plant Physiol. 168: 107; Üstün et al., (2014) Mol Plant Microbe Interact doi: 10.1094/MPMI-12-13-0363-R; Üstün et al., (2013) Plos Pathogens 9(6): e1003427).

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 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to personal@igzev.de. The selection process starts immediately and continues until the position is filled.

PDF-Dokument: 10-2019-1 Dokt. DFG

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