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MPI for Molecu­lar Plant Physiology

The Max Planck Insti­tute (MPI) for Molecu­lar Plant Physiology was foun­ded on 1st Janu­ary 1994 under the found­ing dir­ector Prof. Dr. Lothar Will­mitzer. About 360 employ­ees from all over the world work on research­ing the secrets of plants. The Insti­tute's work focuses on research into pro­cesses that determ­ine or influ­ence plant growth and bio­mass pro­duc­tion.

PhD stu­dent (m/f/d)

still va­cant

Work­ing field:

The MPI for Molecu­lar Plant Physiology in Pots­dam is look­ing (expec­ted to start from Septem­ber 2020), in the work group “Trans­la­tional Reg­u­la­tion in Plants” under the super­vi­sion of Dr. Reimo Zoschke, for a highly motiv­ated PhD stu­dent (m/f/d).

The pro­ject is centered on dif­fer­ent aspects of trans­la­tional beha­vior and reg­u­la­tion in plants with a focus on plast­ids. This will include the ana­lysis of trans­la­tional responses dur­ing tem­per­at­ure accli­ma­tion, the char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of the role of non­es­sen­tial tRNAs and ribosomal pro­teins as well as the dis­cov­ery and ana­lysis of factors that reg­u­late trans­la­tion.

What the pro­ject includes:
  • Ana­lysis of trans­la­tional reg­u­la­tion in plants with a focus on plast­ids
  • Applic­a­tion of state-of-the-art ribo­nomic meth­ods (e.g. ribo­some pro­fil­ing)
  • Data ana­lysis and mod­el­ing
  • Report­ing and present­a­tions in pro­gress sem­inars and at con­fer­ences


  • Enthu­si­asm for basic research on plants
  • Exper­i­ence in devel­op­ing own ideas on a given pro­ject
  • Recent and out­stand­ing Mas­ter of Sci­ence degree
  • Pro­found exper­i­ence in molecu­lar bio­logy (ideally with plants)
  • Good com­mand of Eng­lish (oral and writ­ten)
  • Expert­ise in MS Office pro­grams
  • Bioin­form­at­ics skills are advant­age­ous (e.g. “R”)

What we of­fer:

  • PhD pos­i­tion for three years payed accord­ing to Ger­man pub­lic ser­vice pay scale (TVÖD Bund)
  • Com­pet­ent ment­or­ing
  • Work­ing in an inter­na­tional team of cooper­at­ive and motiv­ated sci­ent­ists
  • Access to the infra­struc­ture of one of the lead­ing plant sci­ence insti­tutes in the world
  • Work­ing near by the excit­ing urban area of Ber­lin

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions includ­ing cover let­ter (provid­ing motiv­a­tion, research interests, pre­vi­ous achieve­ments), cur­riculum vitae, and the names of two ref­er­ees should be sent by 16th July 2020 with the ref­er­ence num­ber 05/20 prefer­ably by email to: or by post to:

MPI for Molecu­lar Plant Physiology
Reimo Zoschke
Am Muehlen­berg 1
14476 Pots­dam

For fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact Dr. Reimo Zoschke (