PhD candidate (f/m/d) "The role of plant associated microbiomes for apple replant disease"

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

Neuherberg bei München, Bavaria, Germany

Work group:

Research Unit Comparing Microbiome Analysis


Area of research:

PHD Thesis


Starting date:

01.02.2019


Contract time limit:

31.01.2022


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 Research Unit for Comparative Microbiome Analyses is embedded in the research environment of the Helmholtz Zentrum München at the Campus Neuherberg. Our mission is to develop strategies for the sustainable use of genetic resources of microbes to improve human, animal and plant health. Therefore, we are using high-end sequencing technologies in combination with cultivation depending enrichment techniques, gene quantification methods, localization of microbes in their respective habitats as well as stable isotope probing.

For our research team we are currently looking for a

PhD candidate (f/m/d) "The role of plant associated microbiomes for apple replant disease"
2018/0608

Job Description

Replant Disease is a malady that manifests itself when susceptible plants such as apples, pears, plums, cherries and roses are placed into soil previously occupied by a related species. The exact causes are not known, but in the first year the new plants will grow poorly. Root systems are weak and may become blackened, and plants may fail to establish properly. Despite its economic importance the molecular basis for Replant Diseases are still unknown. Mainly the role of the plant associated microbiome in disease outbreak is unclear. 

In the frame of this project the role of the microbiome associated with apple plants in the development of Apple Replant Disease should be investiagted in more detail. Focus will be given on changes in the metatranscriptome of the root associated microbiome at early stages of plant development. The work will be done in an interdisciplinary research team.

Your Qualifications

Thus we are looking for a motivated PhD student (completed M.Sc. degree or comparable) with knowledge in molecular analysis of microbiomes including metagenomic approaches. This includes both wetlab work as well as down stream bioinformatic analysis.

Further we expect the ability for a fluent communication in English, a pronounced team spirit, the willingness to acquire new knowledge independently and work interdisciplinarily.

Our Offer

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 28.02.2019.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2018/0608

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