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Two PostDoc positions in symbiotic plant-microbe interactions with experience in plant cell biology or biochemistry

Unravelling the molecular basis of symbiotic host cell infection and its engineering in crops.

As a partner within the ENSA project ( our long-term and ambitious goal is transferring the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen from legumes to crops. Being initiated as a humanitarian project, ENSA aims to generate maize lines for sub-Saharan small-holder farmers in Africa.

Our task for the next years will be to identify the minimal molecular machinery that is required to allow intracellular entry of rhizobia into host cells. Two PostDoc projects will be initially funded for three years with one focussing on cell biological and the other one on biochemical questions.

We are offering an inspiring working atmosphere and access to state-of-the-art imaging equipment, DNA synthesis, high-throughput construct assembly and RNAseq facilities.

The successful candidate must have received a profound and record-proven training in advanced live cell imaging or biochemistry. Knowledge in working with legumes or barley would be highly appreciated but is not absolutely mandatory.

The position is available from October 1st, 2017 and limited to 3 years. The salary level is TV-L E13 (according to the German public service salary scheme). The initial application deadline is 31.08.2017.

The formal pre-requisite is a doctoral degree. When applying please send a motivation letter, your CV including a list of publications, conference contributions, etc. and at least two reference addresses in a single PDF document to

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