Zentrum für Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen (ZMBP)

Research Group Smit

Timing of Fate Transitions Lab

Open positions

Are you interestet in plant development and cell identity?

Postdoc position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 100%)
in the Timing of Fate Transitions Lab

A Postdoc position (initially 2 years) is available in our laboratory in the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), at the University of Tübingen (Germany). The position is available with an intended start date starting February 2025.

Our newly established research group studies mechanisms plants use to control the timing of cell fate transitions. During plant development complex organs are formed with meticulously patterned cell identities. However, none of the embryonically specified cells differentiate before germination and their ‘master regulators’ are unable to induce differentiation (for more background see Smit et al. 2023 Dev Cell). In general, we are interested in plant development, cell identity, and pattern formation. In this project you will use single cell approaches to identify which factors in the cell allow for the switch to fate progression.

Your profile
We are looking for a curiosity-driven, highly motivated candidate with good communication and teamwork skills who can work independently in a goal-oriented manner. The candidate should have a PhD in Plant Biology, preferentially with a focus on Developmental Biology or Bioinformatics. Excellent English written and oral skills are required, previous experience with Arabidopsis thaliana, confocal imaging, and single cell approaches are a plus.

The ZMBP is a world-class institution in molecular plant biology, benefiting from brand-new infrastructures within the University of Tübingen science campus, and recognized for many conceptual and technological breakthroughs in the fields of plant development, cell biology, and plant-microbe interactions. Tübingen is an international, dynamic, and lively university town.

How to apply
Interested applicants should submit a single PDF comprising a motivation letter describing your research interests, an up-to-date CV, and the names and contact information for 2 references to timing.lab@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de. The preferred starting date for this position is from the 1st of February 2025 onwards, but an alternative starting date could be arranged. Screening of applications will begin August 2024 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. For more information, please contact Margot Smit via email (timing.lab@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de) or Twitter (@likeyoda1).

The University of Tübingen is committed to equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion and wishes to enhance the share of women employed in research. Applications from equally qualified candidates with disabilities will be given preference. The employment will be handled by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.

We are looking for bachelor and master students interested in doing their thesis in our lab. Please contact us:

timing.labspam prevention@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de