The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental, and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren close to Potsdam and Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL).

IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, human well-being, and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from different disciplines work together on core-funded and grant-funded projects, in collaboration with national and international research partners.

The scientist will be part of the research group “Temperature sensing in plants”. Our group is interested to understand the molecular mechanisms of temperature perception in plants. This knowledge will help us to contribute to the breeding of climate resilient crops.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Temperature Sensing (f/m/div) Reference Number: 19/2023/1 Employment will be initially for two years. The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, up to pay scale 13, full time.

You will be a team player, interested in working in an interdisciplinary program to understand how temperature sensing mechanisms operate at the cellular level. The project seeks to understand how plant developmental pathways respond to temperature in the meristem. We are specifically interested in the earliest events following temperature perception and how these influence the subsequent priming and adaptation responses in the meristem.

Tasks include

  • Analysis of the effect of PrD variation on temperature-dependent gene expression
  • Creation of assays to analyse the dynamics and responsiveness of gene expression in response to temperature
  • Original research tasks: investigating temperature-responsive transcriptional networks
  • Working with other team members to analyse and investigate experimental datasets
  • Writing scientific publications and presentation of results to an international scientific audience

We are looking for candidates with

  • A PhD in biology
  • Experience in developing and implementing assays for meristem responses to temperature
  • Experience studying gene expression changes in meristems
  • Knowledge of plant priming behavior
  • Good skills in plant husbandry
  • Good proficiency in English (both oral and written)
  • Readiness to work together with students and technicians
  • High sense of responsibility, accurateness, and ability to focus
  • Readiness to integrate into an international working environment

We offer

  • An inspiring and dynamic research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities
  • Extensive supervision and an exciting project of considerable fundamental and applied relevance
  • Flexible and family-friendly working time models and the possibility of mobile working (up to 50% of working time)
  • A place of employment located close to Berlin and Potsdam
  • Subsidy for the company ticket for local public transport or the Germany ticket

For questions, please contact: Prof. Philip Wigge (+49 33701 78-411; Further information can also be found in recent publications from our lab (e.g. Jung et al. [2016] Science 354: 886, Ezer et al. [2017] Nature Plants 3: 17087, and Chung and Balcerowicz et al. [2020] Nature Plants 6: 522).

We encourage a healthy work-life balance. The IGZ attaches great importance to equal opportunities. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualifications. The IGZ embraces diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or ethnic origin.

Please send a motivation letter stating why this is an interesting topic for you as well as your CV, names of two references, copies of academic certificates and indicate your earliest possible starting date.

We prefer to receive applications citing the reference number send by email to in pdf format by July 3, 2023. Our postal address is: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren.

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