PhD candidate (f/m/d) "Role of mycorrhizal systems of trees in drought tolerance and recovery"

Helmholtz-Center München - German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU) - HMGU - Helmholtz Association

Neuherberg bei München, Bavaria, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Starting date:


Contract time limit:


Job description:

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

The Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology (BIOP) explores natural defence mechanisms, growth and fitness of plants, as well as the efficient use of resources in response to environmental cues. Focus is placed on the molecular mechanisms that allow plants to respond and adapt to biotic as well as abiotic factors. 

According to current forecasts on climate change, Europe's forests will in future be exposed to much more frequent recurrent droughts. Within the framework of international and regional cooperation, we are therefore investigating whether and how native forest systems can succeed in coping with changing conditions. 

The aim of the current project is to investigate mechanisms of recovery of mycorrhizal (symbiotic) fine root systems after drought stress in beech, spruce and pine. We are looking for candidates who are willing to acquire new knowledge and to work interdisciplinary.

For our research team "Environmental Impact on Ectomycorrhizal Functional Ecology" in the work group Allergens in Ecosystems we are currently looking for a

PhD candidate (f/m/d) "Role of mycorrhizal systems of trees in drought tolerance and recovery"

Your responsibilities

Independent planning and execution of sampling at field sites and of experiments in climate chambersEnzyme and proteome analyses of mycorrhizal fungi and mycorrhizaeAllocation studies with stable isotope technologyDNA and RNA community sequencing

Your Qualifications

Completed Master's degree in Biology / Ecology with focus on Mycology, Microbiology, or Plant SciencesExperience with molecular biological methodsBiochemical knowledge and experience with proteomicsExperience with cultivation methodsKnowledge of statistical methodsPronounced team spiritWillingness to acquire new knowledge independently and to work interdisciplinarily

Our Offer

A "hot topic": the opportunity to assess the impact of climate change on Central European forestsSub-projects with regional and international partnersGood prospects for high-quality publications (global change, ecophysiology, microbial ecology)Enough freedom to work out your own ideas

At the Helmholtz Zentrum München, you can contribute together with leading researchers to the investigation of the development, prevention and treatment of environmental diseases such as diabetes, chronic lung diseases and allergies. In order to further promote your professional development, we offer extensive and targeted research training and career programmes. We support the reconciliation between work and private life with flexible working time models, occupational health management, day care facility for children, a childcare subsidy, Elder Care, as well as other counseling and support services.

Remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance amounting to 15% if the necessary conditions are fulfilled.

The position is (initially) limited to three years.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. Applications from women are welcome. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until 15.02.2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2018/0606