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.

At IGZ, subject to approval by the funding agency, the following position is available from 01.10.2023 limited until 30.09.2025, within the BMBF-funded project “InnoWert: Common evening primrose and lesser burnet for new value chains in Lusatia”: Scientist (f,m,div) in plant secondary metabolites, Reference number: 24/2023/2

The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, up to EG 13, full time. The scientist will investigate the biodiversity of evening primrose and burnet genebank accessions with regard to the concentration of value-giving constituents and characterise the phytosanitary services of both plant species in relation to biofumigation in the soil.

Together with the sister project “InnoWild”, the aim is to investigate wild plants with regard to new forms of use. Furthermore, the research results are to be made public on a large scale, for example at trade fairs, meetings of interest groups, public science events and field days in Lusatia.

Tasks include

  • coordination and implementation of plant experiments and analytical measurements of plant secondary compounds using HPLC-MS and GC-MS
  • documentation of experiments
  • presentation and publication of research results at national and international conferences
  • communication with cooperation partners, contact persons from industry and science and InnoWild project staff
  • planning and implementation of information events

We are looking for candidates with

  • a master or diploma degree in biology, life sciences, food chemistry or a related field preferably with a PhD
  • in-depth knowledge in the preparation of plant tissues for the extraction of natural compounds
  • experience in the use of instrumental analytical methods such as HPLC-MS, GC-MS
  • proficient use of Office applications
  • experience with event planning and communication with stakeholders
  • independent and self-reliant way of working
  • very good command of English (both oral and written)
  • high degree of responsibility, accuracy and ability to concentrate
  • readiness to integrate into an international working environment

We offer

  • the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary way on a highly topical research project
  • a challenging job in plant science
  • an attractive workplace with first-class laboratory equipment near Potsdam and Berlin
  • a pleasant and appreciative working atmosphere
  • flexible and family-friendly working time models and the possibility of mobile working (up to 50% of working time)
  • subsidy for the company ticket for local public transport or the Germany ticket

For questions, please contact: Dr. Katja Witzel (++49(0)33701 78 220;

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 citing the reference number send by email to in pdf format by 20.09.2023. Our postal address is: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren.

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