Postdoc – Plant population and quantitative genetics (f/m/d), Institute for Plant Sciences/CEPLAS:

The „Crop Evolution“ group at the Institute for Plant Sciences and the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) studies the evolution and adaptation of crops. We use population and quantitative genetics to understand how wild plants became crops and how these crops spread across the globe. Our models are maize and amaranth. The selected candidate will work on a BMBF funded collaborative project, studying the origin of maize haplotypes and selection in an experimental maize selection experiment.

Your Tasks

  • Population genetic analysis to understand the history of adaptive variation
  • Quantitative genetic analysis of genomic data generated by project partners
  • Participate in the development of the project and contribute ideas
  • Write and publish scientific articles and present results at conferences

Your Profile

  • PhD in relevant field (e.g. computational biology, evolutionary genetics, plant breeding)
  • Background in population genetics, quantitative genetics, computational biology or equivalent
  • Interest in evolutionary questions and plant research
  • Computational skills (e.g. knowledge in bash, R or Python)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

We Offer

  • a stimulating research environment in a highly motivated team
  • a diverse working environment with equal opportunities
  • support in balancing work and family life
  • flexible working time models
  • extensive advanced training opportunities
  • occupational health management offers
  • local transport ticket at a discount for university-employees

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Gender Equality Act of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (LGG NRW) (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with disabilities / special needs or of equal status.

The position is starting in as soon as possible on a full-time basis (39,83 hours per week). It is limited up to 3 years. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

Please apply online with proof of the required qualification, Contact Dr Markus Stetter ( including a letter describing your interests and motivation, CV, and contact information of at least two referees without a photo under: APPLY NOW. The reference number is Wiss2302-01. The application deadline is 19.02.2023.
If you have any questions, please contact
Dr Markus Stetter (


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