Ph.D. studentship position in molecular ecology

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Tue Oct 5 10:05:53 EST 2004

Dear Colleagues,

Please pass this advert on to any promising=20
students with a background in botany, plant=20
molecular biology / biochemistry / genetics, whom=20
may be interested in applying their skills to=20
working with trees.  Do note, however, that in=20
order to be registered for a Ph.D. at a German=20
University it is usually necessary to hold the=20
equivalent of a German Diploma degree (e.g. an=20
M.Sc.), but non-German candidates applying with a=20
good Honors degree can also be considered.  The=20
language of the institute is English, although it=20
is possible to write and defend the Ph.D. thesis=20
in English or German, as preferred by the=20
candidate.  The Ph.D. student would be registered=20
with Professor M. Hilker of the the Angewandte=20
Zoologie / Oekologie der Tiere (Institute of=20
Biology), at the Freie Universit=E4t in Berlin.


Trevor Fenning,

October 5th 2004
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology,
Jena, Germany.

Ph.D. position to study the molecular aspects of=20
the ecological interactions between the European=20
field elm and the elm leaf beetle

A position for a Ph.D. student is available at=20
the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in=20
Jena, Germany=20
preferably starting on or soon after January 1st,=20

Larvae and adults of the specialist elm leaf=20
beetle (Xanthogaleruca luteola) are major natural=20
pests of the European field elm (Ulmus=20
campestris), and can defoliate whole trees.=20
=46ield elms respond to oviposition of these=20
beetles by releasing novel blends of volatiles,=20
which attract the elm leaf beetle egg parasitoid=20
Oomyzus gallerucae, even in the absence of=20

It is the intention of this project to dissect=20
how elms control these responses at the molecular=20
& genetic levels, including by the use of=20
biochemical and physiological analyses, cDNA=20
libraries, large scale gene sequencing, DNA=20
micro-arrays, genetic transformation and rigorous=20
ecological experimentation. Of particular=20
interest are the terpene and octadecanoid=20
biosynthetic pathways, as well as any other=20
aspects of the signaling cascade found to be=20
involved. The successful candidate should ideally=20
be familiar with biochemical and molecular=20
techniques, but above all they must be=20
enthusiastic about plant - insect interactions=20
and be willing to learn. 

The Ph.D. position on offer will be based in=20
Jena, and will concentrate upon the molecular -=20
genetic aspects of the field elms responses, but=20
will be in close cooperation with Dr. Torsten=20
Meiners of the Institute of  Biology, at the=20
=46reie Universit=E4t in Berlin, who will work on the=20
ecological and volatile signaling aspects=20
 The project is jointly funded by these=20
institutions and the Deutsche=20
=46orschungsgemeinschaft (German Research=20
=46oundation), but will also involve collaborating=20
with the Department of Plant Sciences at the=20
University of Arizona and the University of=20
Abertay Dundee in Scotland.

The contract and salary will be according to the=20
German BAT federal public service scale at BAT=20
IIa/2.  To be sure of receiving a full=20
consideration, interested students should send an=20
application to arrive not later than Friday the=20
29th of October, including a curriculum vitae,=20
copies of University degrees/records, together=20
with a brief summary of research achievements and=20
two letters of recommendation to Dr. T.M. Fenning=20
<mailto:fenning at>fenning at ,=20
or by mail to :

The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Hans-Kn=F6ll-Stra=DFe 8
D-07745 Jena

Informal inquiries should be sent to the above=20
email address or directed to Ms. Angela Schneider=20
(Biochemistry Department, phone +49=20
(0)3641-57-1301).  Applicants should hold the=20
equivalent of a German Diploma degree or M.Sc.,=20
in botany, plant molecular biology, biochemistry,=20
or genetics.  A fluency in English is essential,=20
although the Ph.D. thesis can be submitted and=20
defended in English or German.

The Max Planck Society and the Freie Universit=E4t=20
of Berlin are equal opportunity employers, and=20
international applications are encouraged. ---

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