The Plant Evolutionary Genomics group, headed by Dr. Susann Wicke, in the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Researcher
(salary level TV-L E13, 100 %)
in the field of plant evolutionary biology

This fixed-term position is initially contractually limited to twelve months at pay scale TV-L E13 (ca. € 46,000 per year, pre-tax), with the possibility of an extension up to 24 more months. All posts can, as a rule, also be filled as part-time positions unless there are compelling work-related reasons against so. The earliest start date is February 2019.

The Plant Evolutionary Genomics group studies the causes and consequences of parasitism in plants. We aim to develop a postdoctoral research project together with the best candidate, and so we welcome applications by both experimentalists and bioinformaticians. Depending on the candidate’s expertise, the postdoctoral researcher should focus on parasite-host interactions or functional reconfigurations of plants along the transition to a nonphotosynthetic lifestyle from either a molecular biological perspective, by experimentally testing bioinformatic predictions, or from a bioinformatic and phylostatistic angle, through the analysis of extensive data from DNA/RNA sequencing as well as de novo proteomics. Possible projects could focus on the identification of effector-like proteins, (macro)molecule recycling, nutritional dependencies, adaptive changes in metabolic pathways, etc. Applicants are encouraged to visit the lab’s Website and learn more about ongoing projects (

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher of any nationality with the equivalent of a PhD degree in biology, biochemistry, or bioinformatics. The successful candidate will have a strong background and expertise in plant molecular biology, plant physiology, or plant genome evolution. Experimentalists with experience in (host-induced) gene silencing, interaction assays, CRISPR/Cas in Solanaceae, Arabidopsis, or grass models have a slight advantage, as do bioinformaticians with advanced programming skills and competence in whole genome assembly, genome annotation, and comparative analysis. Both experimentalists and bioinformaticians should have demonstrated excellent problem-solving capabilities and the ability to work independently. Knowledge of the biology of parasitic plants is an advantage. Diversity characterizes the work environment, so international experience is desirable, and excellent communication skills as well as proficiency in spoken and written English are expected.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered, unless their disability prevents them from carrying out project-related work.

Applications, in English, must include (1) a cover letter stating the applicant’s motivation and research interests in max. two pages, (2) a CV detailing academic and extracurricular achievements, and (3) all research experience should be provided in the form of brief summaries of the applicant’s BSc, MSc, and PhD research (max. 300 words each), plus, if available, the abstracts of the three most important publications, with the applicant’s own contributions highlighted in the case of multi-author papers. Applications must also have the contact details of at least two referees. Applications by candidates near the end of their PhD are welcome but should include a statement from the applicant’s main adviser regarding the projected completion date. Applicants should send their documents in one single PDF file with no password protection to Dr Wicke ( no later than 26 November 2018. Invitations for an interview (in person or via video call) in the second week of December will be sent out at the end of November; travel expenses cannot be reimbursed.