PhD student position

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm

Plant ResearchStructural and Cell BiologyPhysiology

Job code 05/17

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD student position

Job Offer from April 06, 2017

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam invites applications for a PhD Studentship (code 05/17).

Our research

Plants respond to environmental stress by activating transcription factors (TF) that control diverse gene regulatory networks. One of the TFs we study is NAC transcription factor ATAF1 from Arabidopsis thaliana, a carbon starvation-induced regulator. Carbon starvation in plants occurs under different stress conditions and understanding how plants respond to it bears great potential for improving the growth and yield of crops. We found that ATAF1 plays a key role in various biological processes that involve the mobilization of carbon from stressed cells and organs to sustain plant growth and development.

The aim of the project is to unravel the mechanistic code that activates ATAF1 expression in different tissues and through which ATAF1 exerts its regulatory functions. The research involves a wide spectrum of molecular-biological and biochemical techniques (e.g., yeast 1- and 2-hybrid, ChIPseq, RNAseq, CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, co-immunoprecipitation, BiFC) and addresses questions at the levels of physiology and development.

Your profile

Applicants should have a Diploma or Master Degree in Biology or Biochemistry. For further information please contact Prof Dr Bernd Mueller-Roeber, .

Your application

Applications including cover letter, brief statement of interests, curriculum vitae, and the names of two referees should be sent by 7th May 2017 Kerstin Otto, or to

Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Wissenschaftspark Golm
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Potsdam

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