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 / 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.

At IGZ several research groups are involved with the study of adaptive plant responses to changes in their abiotic and biotic environment. IGZ runs a range of chemical-analytical mass spectrometry platforms including GC-MS, GC-qToF-MS, TED-GC-MS, LC-MS, LC-qToF-MS, and LC-IonTrap-MS to analyze plant responses on metabolomic and proteomic levels. To strengthen our capacity in developing these technologies, we are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated n Postdoctoral Expert (f/m/div) Chemical-Analytical Infrastructure GC-MS, Reference number: 20/2023/D

Employment will be initially for two years with prospect of a permanent position upon a satisfactory evaluation of your performance after 1.5 years using IGZ criteria for research infrastructure postdoctoral careers. The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to pay scale 13, full time.

A part-time position is negotiable. This position will be embedded in the research group “Plant Biotic Interactions”, which aims to unravel the molecular and chemical mechanisms governing interactions between plants and organisms in their environment.

The postdoctoral expert will develop and analyze experiments addressing questions in plant biotic interactions for 50% of their time. Additionally, the person will support other IGZ groups by providing training, expert advice, and technical expertise on our GC-MS platforms. Hereby, the candidate will closely interface with the proteomics and metabolomics experts at IGZ, to share analytical expertise, data processing approaches, and experience with user support.

Tasks include

  • developing methods for plant, insect, and other biological samples on our MS platforms
  • supporting the running and maintenance of the platforms, coordination of platform users
  • developing workflows for data processing, analysis, and interpretation of molecular structures
  • providing hands-on training users of the MS platforms
  • presentations to national and international audiences
  • (co-)writing scientific publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals
  • supporting the acquisition of funding for projects and the platform infrastructure
  • advising users on data and code sharing in open access repositories following FAIR principles
  • networking with Leibniz, national and international metabolomics initiatives, and organizations

We are looking for candidates with

  • a PhD degree in (bio)chemistry, food chemistry, plant sciences, biology, or equivalent with emphasis on (plant)metabolomics or phytochemistry
  • experience with biological experiments using dynamic / passive trapping of (plant) volatile organic compounds
  • hands-on experience with running and maintaining mass spectrometric platforms including quality control
  • hands-on experience with the interpretation and validation of mass spectral data and reference databases (NIST, Wiley)
  • experience with multivariate statistical analyses (R, MATLAB, etc.), including model validation and interpretation of results
  • excellent knowledge of the English language, in speaking and writing, as evidenced by your publication record
  • a responsible personality and excellent communication skills
  • experience with genetically modified organisms (S1) and proficiency in the German language are of advantage

We offer

  • an inspiring and dynamic research environment including state-of-the art research facilities
  • support in developing a career in research infrastructures as defined by Leibniz and IGZ guidelines
  • clear and transparent criteria for performance evaluation
  • a vibrant and international community of scientists close to Berlin and Potsdam
  • flexible and family-friendly working time models
  • subsidy for the company ticket for local public transport or the Germany ticket

For questions, please contact Prof. Nicole van Dam (; phone: +49 33701 78-105) 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.

We prefer to receive applications including a motivation letter, your CV, copies of relevant certificates, and the names and addresses of two references by email to in PDF format by July 24, 2023. Our postal address is: Leibniz Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Personalbüro, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren.

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