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Postdoc in ecological (epi)genomics of invasive plants

Faculty of Science, Department of Biology

Bewerbungsfrist : January 20, 2019

The Plant Evolutionary Ecology group at the University of Tübingen is seeking a motivated

Postdoc in ecological (epi)genomics of invasive plants

to develop genomic and epigenomic resources for invasive knotweeds (Reynoutria ssp aka Fallopia). The postdoc will work in the project “Genomics and Epigenomics of Plant Invasion” which attempts to understand large-scale variation and adaptation, and their underlying (epi)genomic mechanisms, in native vs. introduced populations of invasive knotweeds. S/he will develop approaches to full-genome sequencing for these complex polyploid species, and will be responsible for analysing RNA-Seq and reduced-representation bisulfite sequencing (epiGBS) data together with phenotypic and environmental data, as well as for writing manuscripts.

The project is funded through the “Make Our Planet Great Again” initiative (

It entails a collaboration between the University of Tübingen (Christina Richards, Oliver Bossdorf, University of Rennes (Malika Ainouche, Armel Salmon) and various groups in Eastern Asia, in particular the Institute of Biodiversity Science (Bo Li, Ji Yang) at Fudan University, China. 

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, evolution, genetics, bioinformatics, or a related field.

Expertise in statistics, genomics and bioinformatics is required. Previous experience with bisulfite sequencing, reduced-representation approaches and/or polyploidy will be ideal. Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes: (1) creativity, independence, and a desire to learn new things, (2) excellent oral/written communication skills, and (3) a proficiency in bash, python and R. The position is full-time and for 2 years, with a possible 1-year extension. It will be based at University of Tübingen, but the postdoc will also spend a significant amount of time in Rennes, France. The payment will be at German payscale level TV-L E13.

The University of Tübingen is one of the oldest universities in Germany, with a particular strength in Plant Sciences. Tübingen is a beautiful university town with a high quality of life. The Plant Evolutionary Ecology group ( ) at Tübingen, which will soon welcome Christina Richards ( as MOPGA group leader, studies a broad range of questions on plant variation and adaptation in changing environments. The Ainouche group ( in Rennes has expertise in genomics of polyploids, and an excellent NGS/bioinformatics environment.

Application review will begin January 20, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date is flexible, but ideally in spring 2019. To apply, please email a cover letter, CV and the names and contact details of three references to Christina Richards (clrspam

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