Jobs & Projects

Job openings

We are currently looking for Phd students and/or Postdocs in Plant Database development/standardization/analysis/interpretation at the forefront between NGS genomics and phenomics or either discipline.

In addtion we are always looking for motivated people and there are multitude of funding instruments for stays in Germany.



We are seeking an enthusiastic PhD candidate (w/m) for the interdisciplinary project "TaReCa - Tailoring of secondary metabolism in horticultural residuals and cascade utilization for a resource efficient production of valuable bioactive compounds". The aim of the project is the utilization of residual biomass from pepper cultivation for the production of valuable secondary metabolites.

You hold an excellent master’s degree (or equivalent) in biology, biotechnology or bioinformatics. You have very good knowledge of plant metabolism and possess ideally basic molecular biology skills as well as good skills in the spoken and written English language. You are proactive and can work independently. You have good communication and team skills and like to work in an international environment. You are enthusiastic about scientific questions and can develop your own research ideas and concepts. The systematic analysis of problems and questions is one of your strengths. You have the ability to work in a structured and result-oriented way. You also have a great interest in interdisciplinary cooperation with engineers and economists, a strong ability to work with internal and external project partners, high flexibility and a great commitment to your work. Practical experience in LC-MS analytic, measurement of metabolites or next generation sequencing and data analysis is an advantage

IN this project, you will develop LC-MS methods to quantify flavonoids from pepper, analyse metabolite profiles, perform RNAseq experiments on stressed pepper plants, including data analysis and verification. Interpretation of results as well as writing of scientific publications also belongs to your tasks.

We offer an exciting research topic in a highly motivated interdisciplinary project team with engineers, economists and horticultural scientists. Qualified candidates will start in pay grade 13 TV-L (50%) of the German public service pay-scale. The start of the project is 01.11.2017; the position is limited for 3 years.

Please send your application by Email (PDF file) until 30.09.2017 to Questions regarding the positions can be addressed to Dr. Alexandra Wormit (

The application should include a letter of motivation, your CV and certificates as well as the contact details of 2 references. The destruction of the documents after termination of the process is assured.



Bachelor thesis and Master thesis

We are always looking for students please inquire.

Research interns

 If you are interested in an research internship please contact the sub-group leader of interest directly.