PhD student (m/f/d) in Plant Biochemistry (1/2023)

The Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry in Halle (Saale), a research institute of the Leibniz Association, is offering a three-year position project for a PhD student (m/f/d) in Plant Biochemistry at the Department of Molecular Signal Processing within the research group “Nutrient Sensing”.

We are looking for a creative, curious and enthusiastic candidate to join our team and contribute to our understanding of phosphate (Pi) limitation induced ER stress in Arabidopsis root tips. The project is based on our previous data (see Naumann et al. 2019, Plant Physiology 179, 460-476; Naumann et al. 2022, Current Biology) and will focus on the role of the ER resident plant P5A-type ATPase PDR2 in Pi dependent ER stress response.

The successful candidate must hold a Diploma or Master’s degree in biochemistry or biology or a closely related field and is supposed to have a solid command of English communications skills (both spoken and written). Applicants should have a strong background in one of the following fields: molecular biology, biochemistry, structural biology or cell biology. Basic knowledge in plant biochemistry would be highly appreciated.

The IPB is an international research institute located on the Weinberg-Campus of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and provides state-of-the-art facilities for research in plant biochemistry/proteomics, cell biology/imaging, and natural products chemistry/metabolomics. The Department of Molecular Signal Processing offers a multinational, interdisciplinary, and highly stimulating scientific environment.

Please, contact Dr. Christin Naumann or Prof. Steffen Abel for additional information (; Phone: 0049 (0) 345 5582 1220/; Phone: 0049 (0) 345 5582 1200)

Salary and excellent benefits (social and health insurance) will be based on German laws for employees in the public sector (TV-L E13, 65%). Applications must include a cover letter describing research accomplishments and interests, a CV plus publication list, and contact details of 2 referees. Please send your complete application documents including the reference number 1/2023 exclusively by email to

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Please notice our data protection information for applicants (m/f/d) according to Article 13 and 14 GDPR concerning data protection processing in the application process.

The successful applicants 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 (


Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie
Weinberg 3
06120 Halle

Contact for information:

C. Naumann
Telephone: 0345 55821220

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