Zentrum für Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen (ZMBP)

Research Group Üstün

Proteolytic degradation pathways and their role in plant immunity


The Ustun Lab is searching for new members (Postdocs and PhDs) to start our ERC funded project DIVERSIPHAGY-Utilizing diversity to decipher the role of autophagy in plant-microbe interactions. Within this project we want to obtain a holistic view of how autophagy plays a role in plant-microbe interactions utilizing bacterial, genetic and cellular diversity with an emphasis on cell-type and organ-specific autophagy responses. We have two Postdoc positions available and prefer one with a background in plant-mircobe interactions (pathogenic, beneficial, root/leaf microbes) and one with a more general experience in plant molecular biology. For the PhD positions it is important that they have a degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or similar. A huge plus, but not a requirement, is bioinformatics skills to analyze large data-sets. The positions are available from 03/2021 and application deadline is the 8th of Jan 2021. Please send the application via email to suayib.uestuenspam prevention@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de. More info also here:  http://theustunlab.com/2020/11/16/phd-and-postdoc-positions-in-the-erc-funded-project-diversiphagy/



Students who are interested to do their bachelor or master thesis as well as internships to get experience in plant molecular biology including biochemistry, cell biology and phytopathology are welcome to apply. Please send us your current CV including at least one reference and a letter of motivation.

Visiting scientists:

Researchers who wish to collaborate on related projects (proteasome, autophagy, effector biology, host-bacteria interactions) are welcome to join our lab for weeks/months. Please contact Dr. Suayib Üstün to discuss possibilities and funding opportunities.

Postdoctoral positions:

Postdoctoral scientists with a strong research track record who are interested in joining our lab to work on proteolytic degradation pathways or related topics are most welcome to discuss individual funding opportunities. Please provide a research statement and a CV including two references. Appropriate fundings for postdocs: 
Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) | EMBO Fellowship (EMBO) |
Marie Curie Fellowship (MC) | Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)