The research group Genetics and Physiology of Root Development studies crop root anatomical and architectural traits. Research is mainly focused on cereals including barley, wheat, and maize.

We aim to leverage high-throughput phenotyping to create knowledge about plant function at the physiological level and use forward genetics approaches to unravel the genetic architecture of root traits.

We are currently conducting projects to characterize the function and genetic control of root anatomical and architectural traits to enhance plant stress tolerance.

Your tasks:

  • Root architectural and anatomical phenotyping using imaging, rhizotrons, and microscopy.
  • QTL trait mapping and GWAS analysis.
  • Perform transcriptomic analyses and aid in the generation of mutant lines.
  • Report your work in scientific journals and oral presentations.

Your qualifications and skills:

  • You hold a PhD in plant science, crop science, genetics, or related field.
  • You have experience with modern genetic, genomic, and bioinformatic methods, such as sequencing data, SNP data, RNA-seq, QTL mapping, and/or GWAS.
  • You have good communication skills and will to collaborate with researchers from different disciplines.
  • You have problem solving skills.

You fit to us:

  • If you have a strong interest in plant genetics and root biology.
  • If you have strong scientific curiosity and motivation.
  • If you are able to work autonomously and in a team.

We offer you:

  • Close interaction with academic supervisor. 
  • A good infrastructure and welcoming work environment. 
  • A full-time position (100 %) limited according to § 2 WissZeitVG with a standard salary up to TV-L E13. 
  • An entry from 01.12.2023 or later.
  • Accommodation in IPK guest house (on request) 

If you need further information feel free to contact Dr. Hannah Schneider Tel.: +49 (0) 39482 5506.

What you need to know:

For us, your qualifications and strengths count. Therefore, everyone is welcome – independent of gender, origin, age, or disability. The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented and, therefore, explicitly encourages qualified women to apply.

Our institute has been certified for Career and Family (“berufundfamilie”), and we offer family-friendly working conditions and flexible working hours. The IPK has set a goal to employ more people with disabilities. Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Your application:

We are looking forward to receiving your online-application by 12.11.2023. If you have questions or require more information, please contact Kerstin Schweigert (jobs[at] Please indicate the reference number 49/10/23 in your correspondence.


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