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    Opportunity: PhD student position @ Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt -- Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    Submitted by Prof. Dr. Ingo Ebersberger; posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    BACKGROUND

    The Department for Applied Bioinformatics in the Institute for Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Goethe University Frankfurt, is offering a PhD student position for a project on the evolution of stress-response networks in crop species.

    Project outline: Optimizing the efficiency of photosynthesis and increasing their stress tolerance are two main goals of improving crop species. Yet, in the vast majority of cases stress perception, signal transduction and response are studied in non-crop model organisms such as Arabidopsis, mosses and ferns, green algae and diatoms. An economic exploitation of these results, thus, stands and falls with the extent to which they can be integrated into a comprehensive evolutionary framework of stress perception and response, and the subsequent transfer to relevant crop species. Aim of the advertised research project is the development and application of novel methods for a reliable, automated and scalable tracing of functional protein networks across species and through time.

    General information: The successful candidate will be supported by the FP-7-PEOPLE 2013 ITN CALIPSO (itn-calipso.univie.ac.at) that investigates Calcium and phosphorylation-dependent signaling pathways in a broad variety of model organisms. The PhD student will be trained in state-of-the art bioinformatics methods of evolutionary sequence analysis. Complementary competence will be acquired by dedicated workshops and coordinated exchange programs within the ITN.

    REQUIREMENTS

    Eligibility: Applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria according to the regulations for fellowships in the Marie Curie ITN program.
    • Candidates must hold a Master/Diploma degree in Bioinformatics, Biology, or a related research field, obtained no longer than four years before the time of appointment.
    • The candidate must have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for less than 12 months within the last 3 years prior to the starting date of the appointment.
    • Researchers can be nationals of any country within or outside of the EU.
    • Good knowledge of the English language (fluently speaking and writing) is essential.
    Requirements: We expect good programming skills in at least one of the following programming/scripting languages: Java, Perl, Python, C, C++, or R. Experience in the management and analysis of high-throughput biological data is preferred. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the CALIPSO Marie Curie ITN. The condition of this program will apply for recruitment, salary and social benefits.

    TERMS

    Employment: Contract duration is 36 months.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Please send your application in electronic format to Prof. Dr. Ingo Ebersberger (neumaier[at]bio.uni-frankfurt.de), Goethe University, Institute for Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Dept. for Applied Bioinformatics, Max-von-Laue Strasse 13, 60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Earliest starting date is October 2013. Please include the following documents into your application:
    • CV
    • Copies of all university degree(s) and school certificates (if possible, including university Grade Point Average scores)
    • A letter of motivation (1 page) outlining your qualification for the project
    • Two letters of reference
    • A list of publications (if available)

    POLICY

    The Goethe University advocates equality of opportunity for men and women and therefore expressly encourages women to apply. Persons with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualifications.

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