PhD Position in Molecular Plant Science
Ludwig Maximilians University Munich Faculty of Biology

PhD Position in Molecular Plant Science 

Institution: Faculty of Biology
(Botany area)

Date of occupation: at the earliest on 01.09.2020

Application deadline: July 15th, 2020

Remuneration group: according to TV-L E13

It is a part-time job.

The Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU) is one of the most renowned and largest universities in Germany.


The Molecular Plant Biology division of the Faculty of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, one of the Universities of Excellence in Germany invites candidates for

a PhD (65%, TV-L E13) position in Molecular Plant Science (m, w, d)

is available from 01.09.2020 at the earliest.

The chloroplast is unique to plants and is the host of photosynthesis and a wide range of biosynthetic pathways. Furthermore, chloroplast biogenesis is indispensable for proper plant development and environmental acclimation, and is dependent on light and on extensive information exchange between chloroplasts and the nucleocytoplasmic compartment. We investigate the interplay between chloroplast signalling and perception pathways in the nucleus and the cytoplasm is of fundamental importance to enhance our understanding of how plants sense and respond to a changing environment. Many of the components of those signaling networks are common to many types of stimuli and are found in all organisms ranging from bacteria to humans. The knowledge derived from this project therefore advances our understanding of gene expression and signal transduction per se.

Further reading and more information:
Xu D, Marino G, Klingl A, Enderle B, Monte E, Kurth J, Hiltbrunner A, Leister D, Kleine T (2019) Extrachloroplastic PP7L functions in chloroplast development and abiotic stress tolerance. Plant Physiol 180: 323-341
Kleine T, Leister D (2016) Retrograde signaling: Organelles go networking. Biochim Biophys Acta 1857:1313-25

We offer

• the possibility to work on a cutting-edge project
• well-equipped, modern and highly interactive research environment within the LMU Biology Campus, Martinsried
• expertise in a wide range of experimental techniques including molecular biology, protein biochemistry, physiology, genetics, cell biology, and applications of next generation sequencing


To strengthen our team we are looking for a motivated PhD student interested in the above-mentioned topics and willing to apply various cutting-edge technologies.

Interested applicants should have a strong background in plant physiology and/or molecular biology. Knowledge in systems–biology approaches and an affinity to use bioinformatics are of advantage.

Applications (CV, letter of motivation and the contact details of two referees) should be sent per e-mail (subject:”PhD Position”) until 15.07.2020 to the email given below.

Schwerbehinderte Personen werden bei ansonsten im Wesentlichen gleicher Eignung bevorzugt. Die Bewerbung von Frauen wird begrüßt.


Department Biologie I
Biozentrum der LMU München
Bereich Botanik, AG Leister
Großhaderner. Str. 2-4
82152 Planegg-Martinsried


PD Dr. Tatjana Kleine

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