PhD position in plant science

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IBG-2 – Pflanzenwissenschaften



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

Your Job:


We are looking for candidates interested in joining our international team to perform exciting research towards developing new optical sensors to better understand plants. Plants will be stimulated by dynamically changing light; we shall capture their complex response and develop mathematical models to decode it by systems identification. The work will be highly multidisciplinary, based in biology but using essential tools of physics as well as mathematical modelling.The primary tasks will be:



  • to study photosynthetic processes by measuring optical proxies, such as chlorophyll fluorescence emission or light absorption, in dynamically changing light

  • to analyze the observed dynamic behavior of plants by systems identification tools

  • to construct mathematical models explaining the dynamic behavior

  • to use the experimental results as well as models for optimizing regime of greenhouse control by means of optical sensing

Your Profile:

  • Completed studies (Master), preferably in Physics, Computer Science, or Biology
  • Experience in photosynthesis research by biophysical and biochemical methods, particularly by fluorometry and spectroscopy will be considered as advantage
  • Interest in mathematical models will be favored

Our Offer:

  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure – ideal conditions for successfully completing a doctoral degree at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf
  • Creative and international team that conducts research at the frontiers of science
  • The Jülich Research Center is one of the largest research centers in Europe, with excellent scientific equipment including the fastest supercomputer in Europe, is located on a green campus, and near the cultural centers Cologne and Düsseldorf and Bonn
  • A highly motivated group as well as an international and interdisciplinary working environment at one of Europe’s largest research establishments
  • Chance of participating in (international) conferences
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training Programme
  • A contract for the duration of 3 years
  • Pay in line with 50 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) pay higher than the basic pay may be possible

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019D-163

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