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  • PhD position in Germany.                                                          The Institute of Applied Plant Nutrition (IAPN) Goettingen is seeking a qualified candidate (f/m) for a PhD position on “The Roles of Essential Plant Nutrients in Drought Stress Tolerance”.   We are looking for a highly motivated new team member interested in elucidating the roles of essential plant nutrients in drought stress tolerant and sensitive varieties of wheat and barley. Drought is one of the most important abiotic stress factors affecting plant growth and mortality of arable crops. Exploring ways to reduce water use for arable crop production is of great strategic value for sustainable crop production in our future world facing water scarcity. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the plant characteristics of new crop varieties and .the role of essential nutrients that are required for drought tolerance and high water use efficiency in water limited environments. It is intended that the research will focus on:              

    .the role of key plant nutrients on harvesting of light energy, control of transpiration via stomata, mesophyll conductance, respiration and the transport of photosynthetic products from source to sink organs of stress tolerant and sensitive cereals,

    ·safeguarding and improving crop plant growth under drought by optimum nutrient management. The successful applicant will conduct collaborative studies in plant cuvettes, in the greenhouse and in the field and may use a wide range of new technologies in plant physiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry as well as stable isotopes (13C and 18O), chlorophyll fluorescence, thermal and 3D imaging.

    Applicants should hold a master degree or equivalent in agriculture, botany, biology or biochemistry and have good command of the English language.

    Experience in plant-soil interaction assays and/or in plant physiology is desired. Applicants should have an interest to develop new methodologies by using recent technological tools. IAPN offers a stimulating scientific environment in a young lab with state of the art equipment, as well as an international and collaborative research team, located on campus of the Faculty of Agriculture at Göttingen University, Germany.

    The PhD position will be funded by the Institute of Applied Plant Nutrition (K+S An-Instituts-Verwaltungs-GmbH) with a salary equivalent to the German Public Sector (65% TV-L E13).     Applicants from abroad are welcome. IAPN like the University of Göttingen places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for female scientists and scholars and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent qualification will be given preference.Please submit your application (cover letter addressing your research interests, CV, transcripts, and names/contacts of two references) in electronic format as a single pdf file before July 20, 2012 or until the position is closed to:

    msenbay@uni-goettingen.de

    For more information please contact:

    Prof. Dr. Mehmet Senbayram, IAPN (msenbay@uni-goettingen.de,  +49 (0) 551 3920436) or

    Prof. Dr. Klaus Dittert, IAPN (klaus.dittert@agr.uni-goettingen.de,  +49 (0) 551 395569)    http://www.iapn-goettingen.de/website.php?id=%2Fde%2Faktuelles.htm

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