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PhD position (f/m/d) in Algal Molecular Biology
PhD position in Algal Molecular Biology (f/m/d)
(part-time 65%, E 13 TV-L)
Reference No. 2021/037. The anticipated start date is May 1st, 2021 or by agreement. The position is
available for three years.
The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence
Initiative and its follow-up programme, the Excellence Strategy.
The position is available in the research team of Prof. Dr. Peter Kroth. The subject of the research project is the "Molecular analysis of the lightdependent
rhythmic regulation in a marine diatom”. This is a DFG-funded project that collaborates directly with an ANR-funded project of Dr. Angela
Falciatore, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Paris.
The aim of the project is the characterization of the diatom circadian clock, via the identification of photoreceptors that feed a light signal into the clock
and identification of targets of RITMO (circadian clock transcription factor) using the diatom model Phaeodactylum tricornutum. In the first work
package, the signals for the clock's timing in the wild type and knock-out mutants of the photoreceptors, RITMO1, and additional components
identified in the course of the project will be determined, as well as the effect of losses of these components on fitness. In the second work package,
further components of the clock will be identified based on the hierarchy of expression of transcription factors (RNA-seq) and on the binding sites
of RITMO1 and the aureochromes (bind-n-seq, ChIP-seq). In the third work package, the aim is to determine the hierarchy of activation of the
components, their localization and interactions.
The working language is English.
Cultivating diatoms under defined
Molecular cloning, genome editing, mutant
analyses, large scale sequencing
Master degree in Biology, Microbiology,
Biochemistry, or related, with outstanding
Strong written and oral communication
skills in English language
Documented experience in algal
molecular biology, physiology and/or
High level of self-organization and
Opportunity to contribute to fundamental
and applied science in a very international
Good development opportunities, and
Large repertoire of methods and
We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents until March 15th, 2021 via ou Online
The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good
balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in research and
teaching. We also support working couples through our dual career programme (https://www.uni-konstanz.de/en/equalopportunities/family/dual-career/). Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply.
They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).