Master project: Topic: Characterization of the role of Superoxide Dismutase in cell signaling and plant adaptation:

Background: The Seed Development group in the department of Molecular Genetics of the IPK focusses on the regulation of developmental processes and the adaptation of plants to a changing environment. Especially in this context, reactive oxygen species (ROS) have become a central player in stress signaling and developmental processes in plants. With your help we would like to deepen our understanding of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and its regulation during development and upon stress responses in plants.

Our previous work has uncovered many new aspects for this elected enzyme, and within the here proposed project we aim at characterizing the role of a group of heavy-metal binding proteins in the regulation of SOD. In case we raised your interest feel free to contact us for more detailed scientific information.

Your tasks:

We want to characterize the role of the SOD-interacting proteins, by analyzing their molecular function through a diverse set of molecular methods, including:  gateway cloning, in vitro protein expression, enzymatic activity assays, protein isolation from plant extracts, Western Blot, in vitro and in vivo protein-protein interactions, transactivation assays in protoplast and microscopy.

You fit to us:

  • You are motivated to learn new techniques and enjoy improving your skills.
  • You have good communication skills and want to become part of our team during your project.
  • You have basic knowledge in molecular biology lab work and data collection. Experience in working with plants is advantageous.

We offer you:

  • Guidance and support through the whole project from a friendly, international team
  • Accommodation on campus (liable to pay costs, upon request)
  • Remuneration as scientific student assistant to 6 months
  • Flexible working hours

Project specific questions can be addressed to Dr. Jozefus Schippers (039482 – 5237) and Stephanie Frohn (039482- 5135).

What you need to know:

For us, your qualifications and strengths count. Therefore, everyone – independent from gender, origin, age, or possible disability – is welcome. The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages qualified women to apply.

As an institution which has been awarded the Certificate for Career and Family (“berufundfamilie”), we offer family-friendly working conditions and flexible working hours. The IPK has set a goal to employ more people with disabilities. Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Your application:

We are looking forward to receive your online-application until 15.11.2022. If you have questions or require more information, please do contact Kerstin Schweigert (jobs[at] Please indicate the reference number 66/10/22 in your correspondence.

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