Developmental Biologist (m/f/d) | Morphodynamic analysis of leaf shape diversity

Scientist Cologne
Plant Research

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Job Offer from January 07, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) 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.

The department of Comparative Development and Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) is seeking a Developmental Biologist (m/f/d) to work on “Morphodynamic analysis of leaf shape diversity”.

The successful applicant will be involved in research and contribute to broader research in the area of Genetics and Evolution of Morphogenesis under the direction of the Director Prof Miltos Tsiantis. The position is funded in the context of the DFG Plant Morphodynamics Research Unit and will benefit from relevant networking and training opportunities.

The post is available for three years. For related previous work by the group see: Zhang et al., (2020) A WOX/auxin biosynthesis module controls growth to shape A. thaliana leaf form”, Current Biology in press; Kierzkowski, D*, Runions, A.*, et al (2019) A Growth-Based Framework for Leaf Shape Development and Diversity.Cell 177:1495-1418; Vlad, D., et al (2014). Leaf Shape Evolution Through Duplication, Regulatory Diversification, and Loss of a Homeobox Gene. Science 343, 780-783.

We are seeking an individual with a recent PhD in plant biology or a related discipline and demonstrable, through relevant publications, high-level competence in analysis of development and its genetic control using advanced imaging, genetics and cell biology. The applicant will have the opportunity to work closely with computer scientists to generate predictive models of leaf development and diversity. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are required including outstanding record keeping, good IT literacy, willingness and ability to learn new methodologies and strong communication skills including demonstrable ability to write clearly and concisely in English. The post holder will also contribute to training of new or junior researchers. The successful applicant will be creative and efficient, a strong team player, highly solution oriented. Remuneration will be according to qualification and experience and the appointment will be made on the German TVöD scale with benefits in accordance with the German Civil Service.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society also seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The application should include a two-page CV and a letter of motivation stating clearly how previous experience and interests match the post requirements as described above and career aspirations, names and addresses of two referees and should be submitted electronically as a single pdf-file to by January 25th 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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