A DFG-funded PhD position (E13, 65%) “Evolution of miRNAs in the regulatory networks governing developmental adaptations and acclimation responses in Charophycean green algae towards plant life on land” is available at Cyanolab immediately

Cyanolab, the Genetics and Experimental Bioinformatics unit at the University of Freiburg, Germany, is searching for a scientist to participate in the DFG-funded Priority Program SPP 2237 “MAdLand – Molecular Adaptation to Land: Plant Evolution to Change” within the project “Evolution of miRNAs in the regulatory networks governing developmental adaptations and acclimation responses in Charophycean green algae towards plant life on land”. The intended start date is early in 2021, or upon negotiation and the position is limited to a duration of 2 years and 10 months.
Cyanolab researches the RNA biology of photosynthetic organisms. For relevant publications of our laboratory, see iScience (2019) 15, 316-331; Current Biology (2017) 10, 1425–1436; Plant Cell (2014) 26, 3661-3679; Plant Cell (2021), Epub ahead of print.
The project tasks will include the analysis of miRNA and of gene regulatory mechanisms in the green algae Chara braunii which holds a key position in the evolution towards land plants. The work plan includes the characterization of regulatory RNAs by RNA-Seq and detailed molecular approaches, the biochemical and functional characterization of ribonucleoprotein complexes, the analysis of transcriptomic datasets and transcription factor binding motifs.
For this we seek a highly motivated candidate with a background in biochemistry, molecular biology or molecular genetics (M.Sc. or equivalent).
The project aims at a fundamental understanding of the role of miRNAs and the miRNA machinery in the early evolution of plants. The work is carried out within an ongoing international collaboration and as part of DFG-funded consortium that involves regular meetings and timely delivery of results. 

Cyanolab is located at the University of Freiburg, located in one of the most beautiful regions of Southern Germany in the heart of Europe. Freiburg is known for its high quality of life at the slopes of the Black Forest, close to the Alps, Switzerland and France. The Faculty of Biology at the University of Freiburg is one of the leading Life Science Departments in the country.

Please send your application by Email to: wolfgang.hess@biologie.uni-freiburg.de
In your application, please include (1) a CV in tabular form, (2) a brief summary of previous research experience and academic qualification, (3) scanned copies of university degrees and (4) contact details for at least one reference.

Freiburg, January 14, 2021