Dear Arab-list users,
This is an ad for a post-doc position in a plant-herbivore lab
(Nicotiana attenuata) at the Max Planck for Chemical Ecology doing
The Department of Molecular Ecology headed by Professor Ian Baldwin at
the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology is offering a postdoctoral
position in plant genomics and bioinformatics.
/Nicotiana attenuata/ (common name Coyote tobacco) has been developed as
an ecological model plant for plant-herbivore interactions, and its
sophisticated herbivore-induced direct and indirect defenses have been
intensively investigated during the last 20 years (for more information
see:http://ice.mpg.de/ext/molecular-ecology.html). To further understand
the genomic basis of plant defense mechanisms and other adaptations of
this remarkable plant to its native habitat (the Great Basin Desert),
the Department (in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of
Molecular Genetics in Berlin) is currently sequencing the complete
genome of /N. attenuata/ (estimated size 2.5 Gb), as well as a near
relative (/N. obtusifolia/) and multiple herbivory-elicited time-course
transcriptomes of these two species, near relatives and allopolyploid
The main tasks of the candidate will be to contribute to the analysis of
/Nicotiana/ genomes together with other researchers from the genomics
team in the Department and help to build tools that will assist people
in the group to optimally use the genome and transcriptome data.
The candidate should have strong background in bioinformatics,
computational biology, and computational analysis of next-generation
sequences (NGS). Experience in database design and construction is a
plus. The candidate should be experienced in at least one programming
languages, such as Perl, Python or Java/C++. Experience in Linux system
administration and facilities operations is preferred.
The Max Planck Society offers a competitive fellowship, with a duration
of 3 years starting May 2013. The opportunity for a German scale salary
(TVL-D 13) will depend on the candidates’ profile. The postdoctoral
fellow will be part of the Max Planck Postdoctoral Network, which offers
trainings and science communication opportunities.
Jena is a University town in the center of Germany, with an
international student community and good transport connections to other
cities (Berlin, Dresden and Munich).
Application review process will begin on the 10^th January 2013 and
continue until position is filled. In case of the (TVL-D 13) position
the deadline for application is the 20^th of January.
If you are interested in this position, please send a CV, a description
of research interests and contact information of 2-3 referees to Prof.
Ian Baldwin (baldwin from ice.mpg.de).
For further information, please contact Dr. Shuqing Xu (sxu from ice.mpg.de)
or Dr. Aura Navarro (anavarro from ice.mpg.de)