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The research group of Prof. Iris Finkemeier, Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology in the Faculty of Biology at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the positions of 2 Doctoral Research Associates ( salary level TV-L E 13, 65%) at the earliest possible date. We are offering fixed-term part-time positions (65%) for 3 years.

The Finkemeier group investigates the role of post-translational protein modifications (i.e. acetylation, phosphorylation and cysteine redox) in the acclimation of plants towards changing environmental conditions. We are particular interested in the biochemical characterization of the writers and erasers of these modifications and to uncover their regulation.

We use a broad range of molecular and biochemical techniques, especially mass spectrometry-based proteomic approaches (see Hartl et al., 2017 Mol Sys Biol, Née et al 2017 Nature Commun, Koskela et al. 2018 Plant Cell, Bienvenut et al. 2020 Mol Sys Biol, Füßl et al 2021 Plant J). One of the PhD projects will focus on the function of cysteine redox regulation during seed germination, while the other project will focus on the role of histone deacetylases in organellar retrograde signaling. Both projects will involve handling of plants and a number of molecular, biochemical, proteomics and microscopy techniques.


Your tasks:

  • The position is tied to working towards a doctorate.
  • The research project involves molecular biology, biochemistry and proteomic approaches to investigate the role of post-translational protein modifications in the regulation of plant cell functions and acclimation to stress.
  • The position involves participation in teaching.


What we expect:

  • A master’s degree or equivalent in biochemistry and/or biology.
  • A strong background in molecular biology and protein biochemistry or related field is a requirement.
  • Good proficiency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Good communication and organizational skills
  • Curiosity and scientific thinking
  • A high intrinsic motivation, willingness to perform and enjoy working in a team
  • A positive attitude towards working with international colleagues, also throughattending conferences and doing research abroad


What we offer:

  • Doctoral student position for three years, paid according to German public service payscale (65% E13 TV-L).
  • Membership in graduate school with training events and courses
  • A stimulating environment in an international team
  • Access to the infrastructure of a renowned plant science institute with seven othergroups
  • Working in the beautiful student city of Münster

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

We look forward to receiving your application by February 26th 2023. Please send your application including letter of motivation, CV, and contact information for references in one single PDF file to Mrs. Wilhelm (janina.wilhelm@uni-muenster.de). Questions about the position can be addressed to Prof. Finkemeier at: finkemeier@uni-muenster.de.

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