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PhD Studentship at Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Köln

The PhD student will contribute to the cooperative research project “Identification of molecular markers for barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) resistance in maize” between the MPIPZ, the Julius Kühn Institute, and plant breeding companies. The overall objective of this research project is to set the stage for marker assisted breeding of BYDV resistant maize. In order to achieve this, the pheno- and genotypic variation for BYDV resistance in segregating populations of maize as well as in an association mapping population will be assessed.

The main tasks of the successful candidate are:
· Plan, perform, and analyze field and green house trials
· Genotype molecular markers in candidate genome regions
· Identify genome-regions contributing to phenotypic variation
· Analyse data and prepare scientific publications

Applicants should have a M.Sc. in agronomy or biology, or equivalent qualification. Basic knowledge of quantitative genetics and interest in population/quantitative genetic analyses is required. Practical experience with organizing, conducting, and analyzing field- and greenhouse experiments is highly advantageous.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 28 February 2011

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International Postdoctoral Position in Genomics, India

Projects funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), USA, and Generation Challenge Programme (GCP), Mexico, which are time bound.
Requirements: Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics/Plant Genomics/Agricultural Biotechnology/Plant Biotechnology/Life sciences with the knowledge indicated in responsibilities and good exposure to statistical analysis/quantitative genetics.

Responsibilities: Study nitrogen fixation in legumes at physiology as well as molecular level, marker genotyping, genetic mapping, QTL analysis, sequencing and gene expression analysis, supervise laboratory and field activities, actively associate in writing project reports and research articles, supervision of students and technicians and perform other related jobs from time to time.
Nature and duration: This position is an international position and the incumbent will be working in close collaboration with University of California, Davis, USA. The position is tenure-based and available only for three years.
Attractive remuneration package will be offered to the selected candidates for both the positions. For informal queries or to know more about the above positions, please contact Dr. Rajeev Varshney, Principal Scientist (Applied Genomics) and Co-ordinator/ Principal Investigator of the above mentioned projects at r.k.varshney@cgiar.org .

How to Apply: The application should include an up-to-date resume, with photograph, names and addresses (including phone & e-mail) of three referees. Please send applications clearly stating the job title in the subject column, to Human Resources Services, ICRISAT, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh 502 324, by E-mail to icrisatjobs@cgiar.orglatest by 25th August 2010. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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PhD Research Fellowship in Evolutionary Biology for International Students, Norway

The PhD fellow will be part of a team working on the project “Tracking signatures of adaptive diversification during postglacial colonization in threespine stickleback”. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway.The overall aims of the project are to detect genomic regions and phenotypic traits under selection when sticklebacks invade fresh waters. To do this we will use a set of genetic methods, including SNP-genotyping and large-scale sequencing. Sticklebacks will be sampled in the field, based on prior information on phenotype distributions. Based on phenotypic and genotypic data the candidate will, depending on prior competence, investigate this adaptation process either using molecular genetic approaches or more statistically based methods. The PhD-candidate will work with supervisors at the CEES (L.A. Vøllestad, T.F. Hansen, K.S. Jakobsen, K. Østbye) and international collaborators (F. Volckaert, A. Nolte).


Applicants must hold a MSc-degree (or equivalent) and have experience in evolutionary biology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, population genetics or quantitative genetics – preferentially with solid experience in several of these field. Good analytical skills are necessary.

For this position, we seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic person with the ambition to gain insight and publish papers in leading, international journals. The successful candidate must be prepared to spend some periods abroad for training and cooperation.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the research training programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. An approved plan for the research training, including a  project outline, must be submitteed no later than two months after taking up the position, and the admission must be approved within three months

The application must  include:

  • a cover letter including a statement of interest, summarizing the applicant’s scientific work and interests and describing how she/he fits the requirements for the position
  • a CV including a list of published and unpublished works
  • transcripts of records, copies of certificates and grades from bachelor and master level
  • two letters from reference persons or names and addresses of two reference persons
  • copies of relevant published papers

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Closing date for applications: 20 August, 2010