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Plant Developmental Biologist – Imaging specialist -Tsiantis Lab, Cologne Germany

Posted by , on 14 November 2018

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The department of Comparative Development and Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIZ) is seeking a


Plant Developmental Biologist – Imaging specialist (50%)


The successful applicant will be involved in research and contribute to operations in the area of Genetics and Evolution of Morphogenesis under the direction of the Director Prof. Miltos Tsiantis.


We are seeking an individual with a PhD in biology or a related discipline and demonstrable high-level competence in analysis of morphogenesis and its genetic control, using advanced imaging. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are required including outstanding record keeping, good IT literacy, willingness and ability to learn new methodologies and strong communication skills. A key responsibility of the post is to apply and improve advanced imaging methods (e.g. time-lapse imaging). The scientific questions asked relate to how developmental genes regulate cellular growth to generate diversity. Please, refer to Vlad et al. 2014, Science; Rast-Somssich et al. 2015, Genes Dev; Vuolo et al. 2016, Genes Dev; Vuolo et al. 2018, Genes Dev, for relevant published work by the group.


The post holder should also be interested in science management as he/she will contribute to maintaining genetic resources relating to microscopy. The successful applicant will be a strong team player and highly solution-oriented. Payment and benefits will depend on age and experience and will be according to the German TVöD scale for a part-time, 50% position. An appointment will only be made if and when a suitable candidate is identified and applications will be first evaluated end of December. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The post is initially for 2 years with possibility for renewal. The post would suit a young researcher who is passionate about developmental biology and also wishes to obtain training and experience in project management.


The application should include a two-page CV and a letter of motivation stating clearly how previous experience and interests match the post requirements and career aspirations, names and addresses of two referees and should be submitted electronically as one file (yourname_imaging) to Dr. Karakasilioti (, by 20 December 2018.


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.


The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIZ) in Cologne ( is one of the world’s premier sites committed to basic research and training in plant science. The institute has four science departments, three independent research groups and specialist support, totaling 400 staff including externally funded positions.

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