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Stellenangebote der Universität Tübingen

Assistant Professors / Research Group Leaders (Forschungsgruppenleiter)

20.6.18

The Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) at the University of Tübingen invites applications for an

Independent Junior Group Leader

position. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a competitive research program in the area of

Plant Molecular Biology

Particularly outstanding scientists with strong interest and experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply:
cell and developmental biology, mechanics and computational modeling of signaling processes.

The position will be vacant from January 1, 2019 and is initially limited to 6 years.
Salary and social benefits are according to scale A13/E13 of the German Civil Service Regulations. The Center provides fully equipped lab space, funding for staff, start-up money, an independent annual budget and shared equipment funds. The research group will benefit from the ZMBP central service units (greenhouse facilities, plant transformation, cytometry/FACS, microscopy, analytics, IT and administrative support).

For more information see www.zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de

The University of Tübingen is committed to increase the proportion of women in Science and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

Applications including CV, publication list and research statement should be sent before August 1, 2018 to:

Prof. Dr. M. Timmermans
Universität Tübingen - ZMBP
Auf der Morgenstelle 32
72076 Tübingen
Germany

marja.timmermansspam prevention@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de


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Postdoctoral scientists (Postdoktoranden)

11.6.18

Postdoctoral Position in Plant-microbe interaction

Project title: Proteolytic degradation pathways and their role in plant immunity

Research: Our newly established group at the ZMBP Tübingen is interested in the role of proteolytic degradation pathways such as the proteasome and autophagy during plant immunity. Recently, we have identified that Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 (Pst) activates autophagy for proteasome degradation and enhanced pathogenicity (Üstün et al., 2018). We propose that in addition to the proteasome other pathways (e.g. Trafficking, RNA metabolism and translation) are implicated in autophagy and we will study these potential connections. The work will include proteomic, RNAseq, genetic, biochemical and cell biological approaches using Arabidopsis as the primary plant model.

More information can be found on our lab homepage: http://theustunlab.com/

References:

Üstün S., Hafrén A., Liu Q., Marshall R., Minina E.A., Bozhkov P., Vierstra R., Hofius D. (2018) Bacteria exploit autophagy for proteasome degradation and enhanced virulence in plants. The Plant Cell Mar 2018, 30 (3) 668-685; DOI: 10.1105/tpc.17.00815

Üstün S., Sheikh A., Gimenez-Ibanez S., Jones A., Ntoukakis V., Börnke F. (2016) The proteasome acts as a hub for plant immunity and is targeted by Pseudomonas type-III effectors. Plant Physiology 172: 1941-1958

Requirements/Qualifications:

We are looking for an ambitious and highly motivated Postdoc with proven expertise in cell and molecular biology, plant-microbe interactions and Arabidopsis. Prior experiences with methods to study RNA/translation, confocal imaging and/or bioinformatics skills are highly advantageous. Excellent English communication skills as well as teamwork abilities are expected. A PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry or corresponding is required.

Starting date is October 2018. Reviewing of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Please send your application as a composite pdf-file in English (letter of motivation stating your research interests and how you can intellectually contribute to the group, CV including publication record, name and addresses of at least two referees) via email to: suayib.uestuenspam prevention@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de or suayib.ustunspam prevention@slu.se

The ZMBP is a world‐class center for Plant Biology research and is situated in a brand-new and well-equipped building in the University of Tübingen science campus. The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from qualified women and individuals with disabilities.

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Graduate students (Doktoranden)
 

2 PhD Positions with a focus on bioinformatics and microbiology in the framework of the priority program “Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the Plant Microbiota”.

 

Project 1: The core microbiota and its heritability in the context of the plant holobiont in natural ecosystems

Project 2: Investigating mechanisms by which yeast-like fungi interact with the plant microbiota

 

We are an interdisciplinary group that bridges between microbiology, plant sciences and ecology, with a strong focus on computational biology. Therefore, we are part of the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) as well as the Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine Tübingen (IMIT) and we are closely linked to the department of Evolution and Ecology (EvE). Our main focus is to understand fundamental mechanisms that shape microbial communities from a stochastic input to a well-defined host-associated microbial community. Our main expertise’s are in microbiology, molecular biology and bioinformatics.

 

Background / Objectives

Our focus is to unravel mechanisms in plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions that shape microbial community networks and impact their heritability. For this, we have established the ecological relevant model plant Lotus corniculatus, an important species of European grasslands with a broad ecological amplitude that enables deep insights into host associated microbial communities under natural conditions (project 1), and the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana to study molecular mechanisms of interactions within microbial networks (project 2). We have already accessed a significant number of microbial isolates covering bacteria, fungi and protists that will enable in depth functional analyses for ecologically relevant traits. Using various high throughput sequencing techniques, we are characterizing microbial diversity and microbial functions and using statistical approaches to infer community structures. Models built from these data are used to generate hypotheses which are tested using reconstitution biology in gnotobiotic systems to recreate microbial networks in the laboratory. Our approaches are combined with plant genetics to identify molecular mechanisms relevant for formation and structuring microbial communities in the context of a holobiont.

 

The selected candidates will use a combination of molecular biology, microbiology, genetics and computational biology. The candidates will be involved in sampling trips in the field, processing of samples for sequencing and computational data analyses, as well as microbial reconstitution assays. Methods will be adapted and developed according to needs for rigorously testing inferred hypotheses.

 

Requirements

The ideal applicant will have some background in bioinformatics, molecular biology / microbiology and microbial ecology. A background in plant-microbial interactions is welcomed but not required. We seek highly motivated applicants that have extensive experience in at least one of these fields and basic knowledge in the others. Candidates with knowledge of a scripting language, experience in R and statistics background are preferred.

 

Payment / Position

The PhD positions are available from December 01, 2018. Salary and benefits are commensurate with public service organization rules (TV-L). The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer. Their goal is to enhance the percentage of women where they are underrepresented. Women, therefore, are especially encouraged to apply. The university is committed to employing more handicapped people. Applications of handicapped people are particularly welcome.

 

Application

For questions concerning the projects please contact Dr. Juliana Almario (juliana.almariospam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de) or
Prof. Eric Kemen (eric.kemespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de)

 

Please email an application letter clearly stating which project you are applying for (further details on the projects can be found on our webpage), including curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and arrange for minimum two academic letters of recommendation to be sent by email no later than September 20th, 2018 to:

Universität Tübingen
ZMBP - Microbial Interactions
Marion Jackson
Auf der Morgenstelle 32
72076 Tübingen / Germany
Phone: +49-(0)7071/29-76676

 

Phone: +49-(0)7071/29-76676

E-mail: marion.jacksonspam prevention@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de



 

 

Permanent advertisement

Am Zentrum für Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen (ZMBP), Abt. Entwicklungsgenetik, werden hochmotivierte

Doktorand(inn)en

Bachelor

für DFG-finanzierte Projekte zu den Themen Zellpolarität, Zellkommunikation, Cytokinese gesucht.

Weitere Information in: Weijers et al., 2006, Dev. Cell 10, 265; Geldner et al., 2003, Cell 112, 219; Richter et al., 2007, Nature 448, 488; Reichardt et al., 2007, Curr. Biol. (in press).

Erfahrungen in Genetik, Molekularbiologie, Proteinbiochemie oder Zellbiologie sowie gute Englisch-Kenntnisse sind erwünscht. Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit der Angabe von 3 möglichen Referenzen per email an:

Prof. Dr. Gerd Jürgens, ZMBP-Entwicklungsgenetik, Universität Tübingen,

Auf der Morgenstelle 32, 72076 Tübingen, Tel. 07071/29 78887,

e-mail: gerd.juergens(at)zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de

Permanent advertisement

The Center for Molecular Biology of Plants, Developmental Genetics, is seeking highly qualified

PhD students

Bachelor or MSc students

in the areas of cell polarity, cell-cell communication, cytokinesis (DFG-funded projects). For more information, see Weijers et al., 2006, Dev. Cell 10, 265; Geldner et al., 2003, Cell 112, 219; Richter et al., 2007, Nature 448, 488; Reichardt et al., 2007, Curr. Biol. (in press).

The successful candidates are highly motivated, proficient in English and experienced in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology or biochemistry. Please send your application including names of 3 potential referees by e-mail to:

Prof. Dr. Gerd Jürgens, ZMBP-Entwicklungsgenetik, Universität Tübingen,

Auf der Morgenstelle 32, 72076 Tübingen, Tel. 07071/29 78887,

e-mail: gerd.juergens(at)zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de


Undergraduate students (Bachelor, Master)

 

14.8.18

Master and or Bachelor Thesis in Plant Pathogen Interactions (RG El Kasmi)

Our research group in the Department for Plant Physiology at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tübingen, is offering the possibility for a highly motivated Master and or Bachelor (of Biology, Biochemistry or Cellular Nanoscience) student to do her/his thesis project in our lab.

We are currently working on the characterization of interactors of a plant immune receptor of the NLR family. We would like to validate the preliminary results (interactions observed in yeast-2-hybrid screen) and to further cell biologically, genetically and biochemically characterize the function of the identified proteins during (NLR-mediated) immunity.
The project will include the following methods:
•    Molecular analysis (cloning, bacterial transformation, etc.)
•    In planta Protein-protein interaction studies (co-immunoprecipitation, BiFC and FRET interaction assays)
•    Genetic studies (crosses, genotyping, etc.)
•    Plant infection assays
We offer an innovative and scientifically stimulating environment, a well-equipped lab as well as an international and cooperative research team.
For applying, please send an email with a short motivation statement to Dr. Farid El Kasmi at farid.el-kasmispam prevention@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de
For more details about the ZMBP and our research, please visit:
http://uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche-fakultaet/fachbereiche/zentren/zmbp/res/plant-physiology/research-groups/elkasmi/

 

15.5.18

Master Thesis in Plant Biochemistry

Our research group in the Department for Plant Biochemistry at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tübingen, is offering a position for a highly motivated Master student.

We are currently working on the characterization of a plant immunity regulator. We would like to understand the role of phospholipases during plant immune responses. Recent results show a negative regulatory function of a certain PLD and interaction with important key-players of plant innate immunity. The aim of the work will be to validate the preliminary results and to further biochemically characterize the protein.

· The project will include the following methods:

 

We offer an innovative and scientifically stimulating environment, a well-equipped lab as well as an international and cooperative research team. You should apply if you are a biology or biochemistry student who is enthusiastic about science and keen on learning new techniques.

For further information and for applying please contact andrea.gustspam prevention@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de.

For more details about the ZMBP, please visit:

http://www.zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de/zmbp.html

 



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