Genetic causes and physiological consequences of natural variation in leaf complexity

Job Offer from November 29, 2022

CEPLAS currently has 4 open postdoctoral research projects, one of which is based in the Tsiantis Group at the MPIPZ:

We have previously characterized processes underlying diversity in leaf form between and within species and have identified genetic pathways influencing natural variation at different evolutionary scales.  Here we propose to investigate the genetic basis of a novel QTL underlying potentially adaptive variation in Cardamine hirsuta leaf complexity as well as the physiological significance of this variation with reference to gas exchange, and resource allocation optimization in different temperature and water availability regimes. The project will involve comparative studies of Cardamine hirsuta and Arabidopsis thaliana and the scope of using relevant information for Brassica napus crop improvement will also be evaluated. References: Wang Y, et al (2022). Current Biology, 32, 3773-3784. Zhang Z, et al (2020). Current Biology, 30:4857-4868.Kierzkowski D, Runions A, et al., (2019) Cell, 177:1405-1418 Vuolo F, et  Gan X, et al., (2016) Nat Plants 2, 16167.  3. Rast-Somssich, M.I et al., (2015). Genes Dev 29, 2391-2404 Cartolano, M., et al., 4. 2015 PNAS 112, 10539-44. 5. Vlad D, et al., (2014) Science 343, 780-3..

Qualifications needed: Plant Molecular Biology/Plant genetics particularly with reference to recourse allocation. Plant Physiology skills e.g.  gas exchange, hydraulics, sink source transition 

Contact person: Miltos Tsiantis, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research Cologne


We are looking for talented, highly motivated candidates with a strong background in molecular plant sciences, genetics or a related discipline. Applications are accepted until the positions are filled. Open positions can be filled at the next possible date, the duration is limited until December 31, 2025.

Qualified candidates should send their complete application as one single PDF (<5 MB) to application[at] Complete applications include:

  • cover letter with a motivation statement clearly indicating for which project(s) the applicant wants to apply
  • CV
  • publication list
  • contact info of two references
  • PhD certificate or a comment (in the motivation letter or CV) when you expect to obtain your PhD (in case your PhD certificate has not been issued yet or you expect to obtain your PhD degree soon)

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