Post-doctoral scientist (m/f/d)

Scientist Cologne
Plant Research

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Job Offer from October 24, 2019

The Tsiantis Group in the Department of Comparative Development and Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research is seeking a Post-doctoral scientist (m/f/d) in the area of Computational Modelling of Development

The Department investigates problems of plant development and evolution. The successful applicant will contribute to research projects aimed at understanding plant morphogenesis and its diversity. Key areas of interest are to understand how genetic networks influence cell growth and patterning to produce diverse organ morphologies and how self-organizing processes shape tissue growth. For recent relevant work by the group see:

Kierzkowski, D.*, Runions, A.*, et al. A Growth-Based Framework for Leaf Shape Development and Diversity. (2019Cell 177: 1405-1418.

Vuolo, F., et al.  LMI1 homeodomain protein regulates organ proportions by spatial modulation of endoreduplication (2018Genes and Development 32: 1361-1366.

Vlad, D., et al. Leaf shape evolution through duplication, regulatory diversification, and loss of a homeobox gene (2014) Science 343: 780-3.

We are seeking a scientist who has shown excellent abilities in using computer science to understand morphogenesis, particularly through the use of physically-based models. Strong programming skills are required and knowledge of C++ is desirable. Experience with the creative use of biological imaging data to support quantitative studies of development would be an advantage. A demonstrable ability to collaborate smoothly in the context of interdisciplinary projects involving internal and external collaborations is essential as are good record keeping skills and the ability to write clearly. The position will initially be for two years and a renewal is also possible. Payment and benefits will depend on age and experience. The position would suit early stage researchers who will typically have recently completed or about to complete a PhD and have no more than 2 years of post-doctoral experience.

Interested candidates are invited to send applications consisting of:

  1. a brief cover letter explaining their background and motivation for applying for this post and detailing how they feel their skills can enrich the group’s activities,
  2. a full CV including the contact details of two referees

as a combined pdf document (your_name_computational.pdf) including your cover letter and CV, to Dr. Ismene Karakasilioti (), until 30 December 2019. Please, mark the message subject as post-doc computational. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Max Planck Institute aims to increase the proportion of women in so far underrepresented areas. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIZ) in Cologne ( is one of the world's premier sites committed to basic research and training in plant science. The institute has four science departments, three independent research groups and specialist support, totaling 400 staff including externally funded positions.

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