Funded PhD studentship position in Plant Biochemistry in Germany

Funded PhD studentship position in Plant Biochemistry in Germany

Funded PhD studentship position in Plant Biochemistry is currently open for application at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry in Germany.


PhD Student (m/f/d) – Local and Systemic Responses in Root-Microbe Interactions (10/2022).


In the frame of the DFG funded priority programme “Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the Plant Microbiota: DECRyPT” (SPP 2125) a PhD position is available for three years in the Department of Cell and Metabolic Biology of the Leibniz-Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB – in Halle (Saale), Germany.


The IPB has outstanding facilities for plant research and is well integrated on the Research Campus of Halle with close ties to the Martin-Luther University and other Research Institutes in the region.


Project Goal

The goal of the project, which is a collaboration with the group of Prof. A. Zuccaro at the University of Cologne, is to understand how host-microbe interactions in natural soil shape and are reshaped by local and systemic responses of the root microbiome. Using barley (Hordeum vulgare) as a model host, root infection studies with the beneficial endophyte Serendipita vermifera, the pathogenic fungus Bipolaris sorokiniana and microbial consortia are going to be analysed at the metabolic level. In previous work we showed the formation of diterpene and other novel phytoalexins from barley. Using mutants generated by gene editing, we will evaluate the impact of these phytoalexins in the interaction with microorganisms and in shaping the rhizosphere microbiome.


Who we are looking for to occupy the PhD studentship position:

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with hands-on experience in at least one of the following areas: plant-microbe interactions, metabolomics, or biochemistry of secondary metabolites. In addition, the candidate should be conversant with statistical methods, including uni- and multivariate data analyses.

The position is funded for 3 years initially. Salary is according to the German Public Service (65% of E13 TV-L).


For further information please contact Prof. Alain Tissier ([email protected])

Telephone: 0345 55821500

How to apply for the Funded PhD studentship position

Please submit your complete application including a cover letter, CV and transcripts quoting reference number 10/2022 to: [email protected]. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The successful candidate with academic degrees not obtained at a German university must submit a certificate assessment for foreign university qualifications (Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications) from the Central Office for Foreign Education (

Please note, our data protection information for applicants (m/f/d) according to Article 13 and 14 GDPR concerning data protection processing in the application process:


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