PhD position – Non-invasive methods for the quantification of plant properties relevant for horticultural plant breeding

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IBG-2 – Pflanzenwissenschaften



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

Your Job:



  • Development and implementation of new phenotyping platforms for the acquisition of image and spectral data in selected plant species of all involved breeding companies

  • Development of new/revision of available algorithms for quantitative characterization of plant properties from digital imaging and spectral measurements. The focus is on quality traits like shape and color features of selected crops

  • Rating of different methodic approaches via the breeding evaluation scales

  • Optional: Development of workflows for image processing and data analysis for routine operation in the breeding process

Your Profile:

  • Completed master degree in computer science, image processing or a comparable subject area with interest in plant science topics
  • Alternatively: Completed master degree in natural, engineering or agricultural science or a comparable subject area with good background in digital image processing
  • Experience with image analysis and feature acquisition from RGB images; ideally experience in analyzing spectral data
  • Ideally, experience with programming languages and software that are used for image processing, e.g. C++, Python, OpenCV, Matlab etc.
  • Practical experience with optical sensors and their components such as cameras, spectroscopic measurement systems and illumination
  • A high degree of initiative, responsibility and team spirit
  • You are fluent in German and have a very good command of the English language

Our Offer:

  • Working at one of the largest and best-known European research facilities with excellent scientific and technical infrastructure
  • Opportunity to work in a team of highly-motivated scientists and technicians in an international, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • Promotion of professional development through participation in national and international conferences and further development of your personal strengths via various training programs
  • Continuous technical support via a team of supervisors
  • The contract is limited for 3 years
  • Pay in line with 50 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

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-160

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