Postdoctoral and PhD positions: MPI for Chemical Ecology 1314 views

The Department of Molecular Ecology at Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology is inviting applications for multiple Postdoctoral and PhD positions for a project “Does Nicotiana attenuata make adaptive mate-choice decisions and if so, how does it do it?” under Prof. Ian Baldwin.

About the project:
  • The project is open for creative biologists and chemists and independence to utilize the tools of this remarkable molecular/ecological toolbox to explore hypotheses about the mechanisms and functional consequences of mate-choice in N. attenuata.
  • The aim is to understand the relationship between the post-pollination ethylene burst and the activity of S-RNase I/II in natural accessions and utilize a MAGIC-RIL population that captures a majority of the genetic diversity of this species, to conduct a forward genetic analysis of the mate-selection mechanisms.
  • A 24-port laser photoacoustic spectrometer capable of high-throughput quantifications of stylar ethylene emissions as well as stable transgenic plants with silenced ethylene signaling and S-RNAse activity and a virus-induced gene silencing toolbox for testing the function of candidate genes are available to support the research.
  • To understand the adaptive function of these mate choice decisions and are evaluating if the offspring of selected mates survive in the seedbank differently than do non-selected mates and are interested in uncovering traits that might be sexually selected and important for the survival of seeds in the hostile below-ground environment.

Duration: 3-year Postdoctoral and PhD positions


  • A PhD in plant sciences, with strong skills in molecular biology and analytical chemistry; an inquisitive mind;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill
  • A publication track record
  • Experience in modern microscopy and proteomics and/or small molecule metabolomics would be a plus.

How to apply

  • Apply online and attach the following:
  • CV
  • Summary of previous research experience
  • Statement of research interests
  • Short statement how he/she would take advantage of the N. attenuata toolbox
  • Contact information for at least two references
  • The positions are available immediately and will remain open until filled.
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Country Germany
Fellowship Level Postdoctoral/Doctoral
Subject areas Plant Science
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline open until filled

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