Position to establish a microscopy-based plant platform (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Plant Research

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Job offer from June 12, 2020

The Andersen group at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne invites applications for a Position to establish a microscopy-based plant platform (m/f/d)


In nature, the roots of plants sense and engage in sophisticated communication with their surrounding microbes. While we understand some aspects of how plants coordinate their interactions with microorganisms, our current models lack sufficient resolution. In order to gain tissue-specific and single cell-level insight into this, we need sensitive multi-purpose tools that allow study of plant life over long timespans at near-native growth conditions. In the Andersen group at MPIPZ, we are establishing an imaging platform based on a vertically arranged confocal microscope for simultaneous long-term imaging, physiological and metabolic analysis using microfluidics. This platform should be applicable to multiple (a)biotic schemes and across different plant species to allow high-resolution insights into plant-environment interactions.


We seek highly motivated applicants from BSc to PhD level with experience in microscopy, biological engineering, fluidics, plant physiology or other relevant fields. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate strong interest in the overlaps between bioengineering and plant biology. Prior knowledge of microscopy is desirable, and experience in phenotyping/root development is advantageous. 

Payment / Position

The successful candidate would preferably start autumn/winter 2020. Funding is provided for an initial period of two years and can be extended on a yearly basis. Salary and benefits are according to qualifications and commensurate with public service organization rules (TVöD). The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply.

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The application must include a curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement of research interests, contact for 3 references and min. 2 letters of recommendation.

To apply please send a single pdf file to

The deadline for applications is September 1, 2020.

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