Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in Molecular Biosciences (21/2022)

The Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), a member of the Leibniz Association and foundation under public law, is an international research institute located on the Weinberg Campus of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany. The Department of Molecular Signal Processing invites applications to fill the position of a Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in molecular biosciences with a focus on receptor kinase signaling in plant-microbe interactions.

The project
Receptor kinases link the outside of a cell with the inside and enable plants to translate extracellular cues across the plasma membrane to initiate specific signaling cascades in response to exogenous and endogenous stimuli. Thus, plants can adapt to an adverse environment to overcome e.g. pathogen attack or nutrient scarcities. SHRKs, two MLD-LRR-RKs, are implicated in the accommodation of the obligate biotrophic oomycete and causing agent of downy mildew disease Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis (Hpa) in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves.

To this day, the precise signaling mechanisms of MLD-LRR-RKs in general and ShRKs, in particular, are, however, still obscure. To shed light on MLD-LRR-RK signaling and regulation, we will employ biochemical, genetic, and cell biology approaches and focus on the role of ShRKs in the Arabidopsis-Hpa interaction. With this, we will elucidate the molecular aspects of the Arabidopsis-Hpa association, which will help to understand and manipulate this noxious plant-microbe interaction.

Your profile
Candidates must hold a Diploma or Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, or in a closely related field with research training and experience in one of the following areas: plant molecular biology/genetics, plant cell biology/physiology, or protein biochemistry/structural biology. Basic knowledge of plant-microbe interactions would be highly appreciated.

Our offer
We offer a DFG-funded position as part of the CRC/TRR 356 “Genetic diversity shaping biotic interactions of plants (PlantMicrobe)”. Our group is embedded in a multinational, interdisciplinary, and highly stimulating scientific environment. The IPB is a top-notch research institute focused on plant biochemistry. State-of-the-art equipment and exceptional expertise provide an ideal set-up to conduct the proposed research and perfectly match the requirements of the project. The appointment will be for four years.

Salary and social/health benefits will be based on German law (public employees, TV-L E13, 65 %). We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. Please, contact Dr. Martina Ried for additional information (; Phone: 0049 (0) 345 5582 1220).

Don’t hesitate, we look forward to receiving your application! Send a cover letter describing research accomplishments and interests, a CV (including publications), contact details of two referees, and copies of educational transcripts as a single PDF file quoting reference number 21/2022 to Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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The successful applicant (m/f/d) with a degree that was not obtained at a German university must submit a certificate assessment for foreign university qualifications (Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications) from the Central Office for Foreign Education (

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