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PhD student (f/m/d) fungal genomic rearrangements

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PhD student (f/m/d) fungal genomic rearrangements

Institute for Plant Sciences/CEPLAS


The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most research-intensive universities in Germany, offering a wide range of subjects. With its six faculties and its interfaculty centres, it offers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and internationally outstanding profile areas, supported by the administration with its services.

The newly established “Evolutionary Microbiology” group at the Institute for Plant Sciences and the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) studies molecular mechanisms underlying interactions of pathogenic fungi with plant hosts, with a focus on Verticillium fungi. We use population genomics to understand how the broad host-range vascular wilt fungus Verticillium dahliae establishes the genetic variation that mediates adaption to environmental challenges. The selected candidate will study the occurrence and mechanistic regulation of large-scale genomic rearrangements that occur in Verticillium dahliae and that are instrumental for optimizing fungal virulence in planta.


Your Tasks

  • Carry out laboratory and greenhouse experiments with Verticillium dahliae to trace genomic rearrangements
  • Analyze genomic, epigenetic and phenotypic data
  • Molecular work, including DNA extraction, sequencing, targeted mutagenesis
  • Take responsibility for the project, drive the research, and contribute novel ideas
  • Write and publish scientific articles
  • Actively engage in group meetings and discussions







Your Profile

  • A talented, highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher with a master degree (or equivalent) in biology or life sciences
  • A genuine interest in fungal biology and plant-microbe interactions
  • Creative and equipped with excellent wet-lab skills
  • Affinity with population genetics, quantitative genetics, or bioinformatics
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English


Contact person
Mr Bart Thomma
50931 Köln
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Type of employment


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Institute / Institution
Institute for Plant Sciences/CEPLAS
Period of employment
bis 30.11.2024


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