The Chemical Signalling Group at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn invites applications for a  PhD position in Plant Biology.  Pending final approval for funding of a coordinated project we are planning to investigate Plant-microbe interactions to improve plant health and productivity.

An important factor for agricultural productivity is protection of crops against pathogens. This project aims at identifying novel targets for breeding and advanced agricultural practices exploiting distinct features of biotic interactions. As one aspect, we will analyze the crosstalk between host and pathogen early during infection with a major focus on oxidative processes and redox controlled molecular responses.

The sub-project builds on earlier work on fluorescent protein sensors (see e.g. Meyer & Dick (2010) Antioxid. Redox Signal., 13, 621-650; Schwarzländer et al. (2015) Antioxid. Redox Signal., DOI: 10.1089/ars.2015.6266).  We offer an exciting and dynamic research environment, a newly-equipped lab, a friendly and experienced team with excellent international connections and dedicated training in the relevant techniques and skills to the highest standard.

Salary and benefits are paid at TV-L 13 (part-time) (German public services tariff).  We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with interest in plant science and redox biology.


Practical experience in molecular biology, biochemistry or imaging will be of benefit.

The applicant should hold a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Biology or another relevant subject such as Agriculture, Biochemistry, Chemistry or Physics.

Excellent language skills in either English or German are required.

Further information:

For enquiries contact

How to Apply:

Please apply by email submitting a single PDF document in English or German containing a detailed CV, a brief summary of previous research projects, and the names of two potential referees to by 31 July 2015.

The University of Bonn aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching. Hence, qualified women are particularly asked to apply. Preference is given to severely disabled applicants in cases of the same level of qualification.

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