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Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
5 PhD positions in Molecular and Chemical Ecology and Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology was founded by the Max Planck Society in March 1996. The institute attracts researchers from all over the world. At the moment it hosts scientists from 34 different countries.
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Viimeinen hakupäivä toukokuuta 16
Sijainti: Jena, Saksa
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5 PhD positions in Molecular and Chemical Ecology and Evolution

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International Max Planck Research School:
“The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques”

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques" in Jena, Germany, invites applications for 5 PhD positions beginning in September 2018 – January 2019. The overarching research topic is the use of molecular, chemical and neurobiological techniques to experimentally explore ecological interactions under natural conditions. The main focus is on the relationship between plants, microbes and herbivores, and their environment, as well as the evolutionary and behavioral consequences of these interactions. We offer 14 exciting projects focusing on different organisms and approaches. The complete list of projects offered including project descriptions is available on our website (http://imprs.ice.mpg.de/ext/index.php?id=420#header_logo).

We are looking for enthusiastic PhD students with strong interests in the above-described central topic. Applicants should have or be about to obtain a Masters or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: entomology, neurobiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, plant physiology, genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, and mathematics and computer science. Exceptional candidates with a Bachelor’s degree may also be considered. All our projects are highly integrative and require willingness to closely collaborate with researchers of different backgrounds.

The Research School is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the Friedrich Schiller University. We offer state-of-the art equipment, an excellent research environment, supervision by a thesis committee and a structured training program including scientific courses, training in transferable and outreach skills and participation in research symposia. Successful candidates will receive a Max Planck support contract. There are no tuition fees and the working language is English.

Application deadline is May 16th, 2018.

For detailed information on the IMPRS, projects offered and application requirements, please visit our website:  http://imprs.ice.mpg.de/.

Please apply online from March 28, 2018, at: https://imprs-reg.ice.mpg.de/ .

Projects offered in 2018

Please find below a list of projects we offer for this year's recruitment. All projects are highly integrative and require the collaboration between different research groups. Applicants can identify up to three projects of interest. It is possible to change project preferences during the recruitment in Jena.

Project 1: Surfing the surface: Hydrophobins on fungal hyphae
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe, Institute for Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Dr. Aleš Svatoš, Research Group Mass Spectrometry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Boland, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology;

Project 2: Towards GC-MS: Adapting SIRIUS and CSI:FingerID for Electron Ionization fragmentation
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Böcker, Chair of Bioinformatics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert, Chair of Instrumental Analytics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Dr. Aleš Svatoš, Research Group Mass Spectrometry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 3: Symbiotic interaction of root-colonizing fungi with Arabidopsis thaliana under stress
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ralf Oelmüller, Institute for Plant Physiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Dr. Karin Groten, Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 4: 2-Phenylethanol and its derivatives in poplar-insect and poplar-microbe interactions
Supervisors: Dr. Tobias Köllner, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Dr. Sybille Unsicker, Department of Biochemsitry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 5: Specificity, phylogeny and fitness contributions of phytoplasma effector proteins
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Günter Theißen, Genetics, Matthias Schleiden Institute, Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Dr. Axel Mithöfer, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 6: Imaging of volatile compounds emission and lateral distribution by mass spectrometry
Supervisors: Dr. Aleš Svatoš, Research Group Mass Spectrometry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe, Institute for Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Project 7: Drugs from bugs: Venomics of predatory Heteroptera
Supervisors: Dr. Heiko Vogel, Department of Entomology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas, Institute for Insect Biotechnology, Justus Liebig University, Gießen ; Prof. Dr. David Heckel, Department of Entomology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 8: How hardwired is the olfactory circuitry?
Supervisors: Dr. Silke Sachse, Research Group Olfactory Coding, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Dr. Markus Knaden, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 9: Predators that eat toxic food
Supervisors: Dr. Hannah Rowland, Research Group Predators and Prey, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Dr. Christian Paetz, Research Group Biosynthesis/NMR, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 10: The insect mustard oil bomb: A chemical weapon against predators and pathogens?
Supervisors: Dr. Franziska Beran, Research Group Detoxification and Sequestration in Insects, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Dr. Hannah Rowland, Research Group Predators and Prey, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 11: Recruitment and maintenance of the Nicotiana attenuata root microbiome
Supervisors: Dr. Rayko Halitschke, Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Prof. Dr. Ian Baldwin, Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 12: Deorphanization of chemosensory neurons in D. melanogaster
Supervisors: Dr. Sofia Lavista-Llanos, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Dr. Markus Knaden, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 13: Molecular basis of balanced color polymorphisms in grasshoppers
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Holger Schielzeth, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Project 14: Molecular analysis of the wound response in the liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha Supervisors: Priv. Doz. Dr. Axel Mithöfer, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Dr. Stefan Bartram, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Dr. Heiko Vogel, Department of Entomology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Prof. Dr. Ralf Oelmüller, Plant Physiology, Matthias Schleiden Institute, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

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