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The research group of Prof Iris Finkemeier at the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology in the Faculty of Biology at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking qualified candidates to fill positions for 2 Doctoral Research Associates Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in (salary level TV-L E 13, 65%) at the earliest possible date.

We are offering the fixed-term part-time positions (65% FTE) for 3 years.One successful candidate will focus on the function of cysteine redox regulation during seed germination and seedling establishment, while the other will focus on the function of protein acetylation in the regulation of organellar metabolism in plants. Both projects will involve handling plants and using several molecular, biochemical, physiological, proteomics and microscopy techniques.

About us: The Finkemeier group investigates the role of post-translational protein modifications (i.e. acetylation, phosphorylation and cysteine redox) in the acclimation of plants towards changing environmental conditions. We are particularly interested in the biochemical characterization of the writers and erasers of these modifications and uncovering their regulation.

We use a broad range of molecular, biochemical and plant physiology-based techniques (see Hartl et al., 2017 Mol Sys Biol, Née et al 2017 Nature Commun, Koskela et al. 2018 Plant Cell, Bienvenut et al. 2020 Mol Sys Biol, Füßl et al 2021 Plant J, Tilak et al 2022 Plant J).

Your tasks:

  • The position is tied to working towards a doctorate.
  • The research project involves using molecular biology, biochemistry and proteomic approaches to investigate the role of post-translational protein modifications in the regulation of plant cell functionsand acclimation to stress.
  • The position involves teaching.

Our expectations:

  • A graduate degree in biochemistry and/or biology (i.e. German Diplom and / or master’s degree) is required.
  • A strong background in molecular biology and protein biochemistry or related field is a requirement.
  • Good proficiency in spoken and written English is required. German language skills would be advantageous but are not a requirement.
  • Good communication and organizational skills are highly desirable.
  • Curiosity and scientific thinking are expected.
  • A high intrinsic motivation and willingness to perform are expected.
  • A positive attitude towards working in a team with international colleagues and attending conferences are a must.

What we offer:

  • A doctoral student position for three years, paid according to the German public service pay scale (65% E13 TV-L)
  • Membership in graduate school with training events and courses
  • A stimulating environment within an international team
  • Access to the infrastructure of a renowned plant science institute shared with seven other groups
  • The opportunity to work in the beautiful student city of Münster

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions. We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

Are you interested? If you are interested, please submit your application by 10 September 2023. Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV and contact information for references in one single PDF file to Mrs Wilhelm (janina.wilhelm@uni-muenster.de). Questions about the positions can be addressed to Prof Iris Finkemeier at: finkemeier@uni-muenster.de

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