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Job posted by Goethe University (13/11/2013 12.19)

Marie Curie Actions funded job vacancy PhD student position

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PhD student position in Germany, supported by ITN CALIPSO


Project outline: Optimizing the efficiency of photosynthesis and increasing their stress tolerance are two main goals of improving crop species. Yet, in the vast majority of cases stress perception, signal transduction and response are studied in non-crop model organisms such as Arabidopsis, mosses and ferns, green algae and diatoms. An economic exploitation of these results, thus, stands and falls with the extent to which they can be integrated into a comprehensive evolutionary framework of stress perception and response, and the subsequent transfer to relevant crop species. Aim of this highly integrative research project is the development and application of novel methods for a reliable, automated and scalable tracing of functional protein networks across species and through time.

General information: The successful candidate will be supported by the FP-7-PEOPLE 2013 ITN CALIPSO ( The PhD student will be trained in state of the art bioinformatics methods of evolutionary sequence analysis. Complementary competence will be acquired by dedicated workshops and coordinated exchange programs within the ITN.

Eligibility: Applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria according to the regulations for fellowships in the Marie Curie ITN program.
- Candidates must hold a Master/Diploma degree in Bioinformatics, Biology, or a related research field, obtained no longer than four years before the time of appointment.
- The candidate must have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for less than 12 months within the last 3 years prior to the starting date of the appointment.
- Researchers can be nationals of any country within or outside of the EU.
- Good knowledge of the English language (fluently speaking and writing) is essential.

Requirements: We expect good programming skills in at least one of the following programming/scripting languages: Java, Perl, Python, C, C++, or R. Experience in the management and analysis of high-throughput biological data is preferred. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the CALIPSO Marie Curie ITN. The condition of this program will apply for recruitment, salary and social benefits.

Application: In electronic format to Prof. Dr. Ingo Ebersberger (, Goethe University, Institute for Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Dept. for Applied Bioinformatics, Max-von-Laue Strasse 13, 60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Earliest starting date is January 2014. Please include the following documents into your application:
- CV
- Copies of all university degree(s) and school certificates (if possible, including
university Grade Point Average scores)
- A letter of motivation (1 page) outlining your qualification for the project
- Two letters of reference
- A list of publications (if available)

Nr of positions available : 1

Research Fields

Biological sciences - Botany

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

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First Stage Researcher (R1)


Fullemployment contracts according to FP7 ITN scheme for 36 months.

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Dep. for Applied Bioinformatics
Max-von-Laue-Straße 13, 60438 Frankfurt
60438 - Frankfurt am Main
email neumaier@bio.uni-frankfurt.de