We are inviting applications for a

Postdoctoral position (m/f/d)

Background

Phosphorous (P) is the second most important macronutrient for plant growth. P in synthetic fertilizers is primarily derived from phosphate rock, a finite natural resource for fertilizer industries. Although organic or inorganic P is abundant in many agricultural soils, it is mostly locked in its insoluble forms (e.g. precipitated with calcium, iron or aluminum), posing a major problem for agricultural production and contributing to environmental pollution. Increasing the pool of bioavailable P in soil for plant nutrition defines a future challenge towards a more sustainable agriculture.

The project

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by head of department Paul Schulze-Lefert and the group leaders Stéphane Hacquard and Ruben Garrido-Oter. The project aims at developing high-throughput screens and identifying root-associated commensal microorganisms that have P solubilization capabilities and promote P mobilization for growth of model crops in laboratory and greenhouse environments. By taking advantage of comprehensive microbial culture collections isolated from roots of healthy plants, their associated genomes, as well as information regarding host preference and geographic distribution, the successful candidate will aim to identify microbial strains that robustly colonize different plant hosts and efficiently solubilize P for plant growth.

Your qualifications

We seek a creative and motivated candidate with a PhD and strong publication record in plant science, microbiology, the plant microbiota, plant nutrition, or a related field. The ideal candidate works proactively, is solution-oriented, and enjoys working collaboratively.

We offer

This full-time position is available immediately, and the initial contract is for two years with the possibility of an extension. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (E13; salary agreement for public service employees). The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Further, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the percentage of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore we explicitly encourage female candidates to apply.

Application deadline

Applicants are requested to submit a motivation letter and CV (in English as a single pdf file) including the names and affiliations of two referees through the online system, by October 23, 2020.
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The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research carries out fundamental research on plants using a wide range of methods including molecular genetics, genomics, imaging, computational biology and biochemistry. 

The Max-Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
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