The Department of Comparative Development and Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) is seeking a group leader (m/f/d) in the broad area of

Plant Development and Diversity.

The Department operates under the direction of Honorary Professor Dr. Miltos Tsiantis and investigates problems of plant development and diversity. The successful applicant will be expected to build an independent research group to study plant development and/or its natural variation and to collaborate on active research projects in the Department. Of particular interest are candidates that incorporate computational approaches in their research, and dry lab scientists are also welcome to apply. The successful candidate will participate in national and international Graduate Partner Programs and in external funding bids, and core funding will be available.

We seek candidates with a PhD, 2-4 years postdoctoral experience and an excellent publication record, who use creative approaches to investigate problems in plant development, diversity, and evolution. We are looking for a highly interactive scientist who is able to engage in successful collaborations with colleagues at different levels both within and beyond the Department, and who can participate in the training of younger scientists. Salary and benefits are according to the German TVöD. This is a five-year position with possibilities for renewal. All contractual arrangements are subject to the German public service regulations for the duration of scientific training.

Interested candidates are invited to submit applications through the online system by the 31st of October, 2023, as a single PDF document consisting of:

i. a two-page CV including the names and contact details of two academic referees

ii. a personal statement explaining their academic accomplishments, motivation for applying for this post, potential synergies with the Department ( and their outlook on fostering a collegial, collaborative environment to support the training of early career scientists

iii. a publication list highlighting their 2-3 most relevant papers with a 150-word summary explaining the significance of each

iv. a two-page statement of research plans for the next five years

An appointment will only be made if a suitable candidate is identified.

The Max Planck Society is one of the leading research organizations in Europe. We offer challenging tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility and creative freedom in research laboratories, workshops, libraries and administration.

The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research conducts basic research on plants and their development using a wide variety of methods, in particular molecular genetics, genomics, imaging processes, computational biology and biochemistry. Our goal is the deep and detailed understanding of fundamental mechanisms in plant biology, which may also then be used to develop innovative strategies for plant breeding.

The Max Planck Society strives to increase employment of severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people are expressly encouraged.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society wants to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.

The Little Pumpkins Parents' Association offers childcare for children under the age of 3 at the MPIPZ.

It is possible to apply for a low-cost Germany job ticket with a subsidy from the Institute. The institute also has a rental bike station run by the provider nextbike, as well as the possibility of using rental scooters from various providers.

Interested candidates, please upload your complete application documents, including your preferred starting date.

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