Open Positions 1
Time Span 01 Sep 2021 for 2 years
Application Deadline 30 Jun 2021
Type of Position
PhD - Individual Supervisor
Field of Research
Mathematics / Natural Sciences
Subjects Molecular Plant Biology
Description The group of Jun.-Prof. A. Richter for the ‚Physiology of
Plant Metabolism' seeks a highly motivated candidate (f/m/d) for a PhD
Scholarship in the field of plant molecular biology.
The work of the group is dedicated to the understanding of the physiological
aspects and molecular mechanisms, which allow plants to acclimate to an ever-
changing environment (e.g., high light or low temperature). On the one hand,
we are interested to understand how plants recognise changes in the
environment and how these stimuli are translated into signals to modify the
expression of genes in the nucleus needed to cope with the new environment
(intracellular signalling). On the other hand, using physiological, genetic,
and biochemical analysis, we aim to understand how enzymes, particularly those
involved in flavonoid biosynthesis, are regulated on the post-translational
level. Also, the group's work aims to translate findings from basic research
into biotechnological applications by analysing the impact of anthocyanins on
plant fitness during acclimation.
Field of Study and Requirements
With the envisioned PhD project, the successful candidate will analyse the
acclimation response and perform physiological and molecular characterisation
of Arabidopsis wild-type and mutant plants. Also, a forward genetic screen for
the identification of new components of signalling cascades and regulatory
factors needed for the acclimation response is envisioned.
The ideal candidate for the scholarship should have finished (or soon will
finish) the Master studies with an excellent thesis in the field of plant
molecular biology/physiology. The end of the Master studies should not be more
than 1 year ago. Knowledge of techniques for the extraction and quantification
of biomolecules, such as DNA, RNA and Protein, ideally from the model plant
Arabidopsis thaliana, is required. In addition, first experience with the
measurements of photosynthetic parameters or handling of large datasets
(e.g., transcriptome, proteome, metabolome) would be beneficial.
The scholarship will be given for initially 2 years with the option for
extension after successful evaluation. The amount of the scholarship will be
1.600€ per month.
Envisioned start: September 2021.
Your application should contain (in one PDF document)
-performance overview (Leistungsübersicht)
-a motivation letter (not more than two pages)
-at least one letter of recommendation relevant certificates
Applications could also be submitted in German.
Please send your application to pflanzliche-stoffwechselphysiologie@uni-
The application period is open until 30.06.2021
Equal opportunity is an essential part of our human resources policy. In case
of equal qualification, applications from severely disabled people or
equivalent are explicitly welcome. The University of Rostock seeks to increase
the proportion of women in research and teaching and particularly encourages
female applicants to apply for this position.
Applications from foreign scientists and people with migration backgrounds are
For further questions, please contact:
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Richter
Institute for Biosciences
Physiology of Plant Metabolism
phone +49 (0) 381/498-6113
Language of Dissertation
Letter of Motivation
List of Publication
Others : at least one letter of recommendation
More Information https: // www. uni-rostock.de/storages/uni-