PhD Position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 50%) Faculty of Science, Center for Plant Molecular Biology; PhD position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 50%) in the Timing of Fate Transitions Lab, Application is open until 31.08.2023. A PhD position (initially 3 years) is available in our laboratory in the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), at the University of Tübingen (Germany). The position is available starting November 2023. 

Research: Our newly established research group studies mechanisms plants use, to control the timing of cell fate transitions. During plant development complex organs are formed with meticulously patterned cell identities. However, none of the embryonically specified cells differentiate before germination and their ‘master regulators’ are unable to induce differentiation (for more background see Smit et al. 2023 Dev Cell). In general, we are interested in plant development, cell identity, and pattern formation.

Your profile: We are looking for a curiosity-driven, highly motivated candidate with good communication and teamwork skills who can work independently in a goal-oriented manner. The candidate should have an MSc or equivalent in plant biology or biochemistry (or similar) and training in molecular biology.

Excellent English written and oral skills are required, previous experience with Arabidopsis thaliana and confocal microscopy are a plus. The candidate will join the ZMBP graduate program that offers a broad interdisciplinary training in the molecular life sciences.


The ZMBP is a world-class institution in molecular plant biology, benefiting from brand-new infrastructures within the University of Tübingen science campus, and recognized for many conceptual and technological breakthroughs in the fields of plant development, cell biology, and plant-microbe interactions. The institute is equipped with cutting-edge microscopes, in-house proteomic, metabolomic and plant transformation facilities. Tübingen is an international, dynamic, and lively university town.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit a single PDF comprising a motivation letter describing your research interests, an up-to-date CV, and the names and contact information for 2 references to Application is open until 31.08.2023

The preferred starting date for this position is from the 1st of November 2023 onwards, but an alternative starting date could be arranged. Screening of applications will begin September 2023 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. For more information, please contact Margot Smit via email (

The University of Tübingen is committed to equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion and wishes to enhance the share of women employed in research. Applications from equally qualified candidates with disabilities will be given preference. The employment will be handled by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.

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