Ph.D. Candidate in the International Research Training Group (IRTG) PRoTECT • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen • Göttingen

Ph.D. Candidate in the International Research Training Group (IRTG) PRoTECT • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen • Göttingen

Open Positions 1
Time Span as soon as possible for 36 months
Application Deadline 31 Mar 2021
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD – Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
Subjects Microbiology and Genetics
Description The Institute for Microbiology and Genetics (Research Group Heimel) is looking for a

Ph.D. candidate (all genders welcome)

This position should be filled as soon as possible and is offered for a period of three years according to German public service pay grade 13 TV-L (65 %).

Your Duties
• Research on a project within the frame work of the International Research Training Group (IRTG) PRoTECT (

Research in our lab aims at understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate communication between the fungal biotrophic pathogen Ustilago maydis and its host plant maize. This specific project will use genetic, cell biological and biochemical approaches to identify and characterize components within the fungal protein homeostasis network of the unfolded protein response (UPR) with impact on fungal virulence and fungal plant communication.
The project is integrated in the DFG funded International Research Training Group 2172 PRoTECT that comprises research groups from Goettingen and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver/Canada, and will be conducted in collaboration with our Canadian colleagues. Furthermore, the program offers many opportunities for the improvement of scientific and personal skills.

Your Profile
• highly qualified degree (Master/Diploma) and expertise in the area of Fungal Biology/Genetics and/or Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
• highly motivated and enthusiastic about the research area
• excellent skills in spoken and written English
• willingness to spend part of the PhD work at UBC in Vancouver/Canada

The University of Goettingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. The University firmly intends to raise the number of disabled persons in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.

Visit for more information on our research (homepage apl. Prof. Dr. Kai Heimel). More information on the IRTG qualification program is available at

Please submit your application incl. cover letter, CV, a brief statement of research experience and contact information for two references, by e-mail as a single PDF-document to protect@uni‐ or by post to Judith Wassiltschenko, Georg-August-University Goettingen, Department of Plant Biochemistry, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, D-37077 Goettingen. The closing date is March 31st, 2021.

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Working Language
  • English
  • German
Language of Dissertation
  • English
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Others : contact information for two references
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