The Max Planck Society is one of the leading research organizations in Europe. We offer challenging tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility and creative freedom in research laboratories, workshops, libraries, and administration.

The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research conducts basic research on plants using a wide variety of methods, in particular molecular genetics, genomics, imaging processes, computational biology, and biochemistry. Our goal is the deep and detailed understanding of plant biology in order to improve conventional breeding methods and to develop environmentally friendly crop protection strategies for crops.

We focus primarily on the evolution of plants, their genetic blueprint, their development and their interactions with the environment and microorganisms. How does the plant immune system react to plant pests, for example? How does flowering timing depend on seasonally changing day lengths? How does the genetic variability of crop plants influence adaptation to certain environmental influences?

Plant biologists search for the molecular basis of natural diversity of forms in the laboratory, on the computer, in the greenhouse or in the natural environment and thus make innovative contributions to plant breeding.

Four Predoctoral Fellowships at MPIPZ on MSCA-Cofund Project “rePLANT”:Job description: The rePLANT (Reconstruction Biology in Plant Sciences) Doctoral Training Programme is an ambitious research and training initiative coordinated by the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG; Barcelona, Spain) together with the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ; Cologne, Germany) and the John Innes Centre (JIC; Norwich, UK).

CRAG and MPIPZ participate as recruiting institutions and JIC as implementing partner. The rePLANT Programme offers in this second call four predoctoral grants at MPIPZ. This Programme offers the possibility for rePLANT researchers to perform highly innovative and multidisciplinary research projects using state-of-the-art facilities within a scientifically-oriented nurturing environment.

MPIPZ Host Groups:

1 – Meiosis in Crops –Evolution of Meiosis. Contact: Charles Underwood /Andre Marques

2- Genetic basis of phenotypic evolution. Contact: Angela

3 – Plant development and diversity. Contact: Miltos

4 – Quantitative approaches to multicellular dynamics in plant development. Contact: Pau

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND grant agreement No. 101081581 and it will be co-funded by the grant CEX2019-000902-S funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033.

The Max Planck Society strives to employ more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people are expressly encouraged. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society wants to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.

The Little Pumpkins Parents’ Association offers childcare for children under the age of three at the MPIPZ. It is possible to apply for a low-cost Germany job ticket with a subsidy from the institute. The institute also has a rental bike station run by the provider nextbike, as well as the possibility of using rental scooters from various providers.

Application: If you are interested in working in a committed team, convince us now with your complete application documents, stating a possible starting date. Application Deadline: 27th August 2023

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