PhD Position in Plant Genome Engineering: The newly established Emmy Noether group led by Tobias Jores at the Institute of Synthetic Biology at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is looking for a PhD student (m/f/d, TV-L E13, 65%) to develop a transgene-free plant genome engineering system.

Project summary: The candidate will be part of a research project funded by the DFG Emmy Noether program and the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) that aims at understanding and engineering plant gene regulation.

In particular, the candidate will develop a system for the efficient delivery of genome engineering proteins to plant cells using the natural protein transfer ability of Agrobacteria. The candidate will use state-of-the art genome engineering tools and optimize their expression in Agrobacteria and their transfer to plant cells.

Once established, the system will be used, in collaboration with other members of the group, to engineer regulatory DNA in plants. Apart from genome engineering, the transgene-free protein transfer can also be adapted for additional applications such as synchronizing developmental decisions or controlling synthetic regulatory circuits.

Who we are looking for: We are looking for a candidate with a deep and broad interest in plant biology, a high level of motivation, dedication to experiments, openness to learn and develop new techniques and a collaborative mindset.

A master’s degree in molecular or cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or related fields is a prerequisite. Experience with genome engineering, molecular biology and plant transformation methods is of advantage.

What we offer: We offer a fully funded (TV-L E13, 65%) position and the opportunity to work on an exciting and intellectually challenging project at the forefront of plant genome engineering. The preferred starting date is January 01, 2024. Our young and enthusiastic group is hosted at the Institute of Synthetic Biology in an international environment.

The candidate will be integrated into a joint curriculum within the host institute and participate in seminars. The candidate will have the option to associate with a plant science graduate school at the Heinrich Heine University.

The Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf aims at increasing the percentage of employed women and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

To apply: Please send your application including CV, motivation letter, and the contact details of two references as a single document to Tobias Jores ( ).

Contact: Dr. Tobias Jores: Institute of Synthetic Biology; Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf

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