A DFG-funded PhD position on the differentiation of heterocyst cells in Cyanobacteria is available in Freiburg in 2023

Cyanolab, the Genetics and Experimental Bioinformatics unit at the University of Freiburg, Germany, is searching for a scientist to participate in the project “Early Determinants of Heterocyst Differentiation in Multicellular Cyanobacteria”, which is part of the DFG-funded Priority Program SPP 2389 “Emergent Functions of Bacterial Multicellularity” (@spp2389). The intended start date is in 2023. The position is for a duration of 3 years and funded according to DFG guidelines (65% E13). The PhD researcher may associate with the structured PhD program MeInBio – BioInMe, which applies cutting-edge approaches to single cell analyses.
Cyanolab researches the RNA biology of photosynthetic organisms. For some relevant publications of our laboratory, see Current Biology (2017) 10, 1425–1436; RNA Biology (2020) 17, 1442-1458; The Plant Cell (2021) 33, 248–269.

The project targets the mechanisms underlying characteristic changes in gene expression that lead to the differentiation of heterocyst cells in Cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are ecologically important microorganisms due to their photosynthetic lifestyle and the fixation of both carbon (CO2) and  nitrogen (N2). Heterocysts are the cells specialized for the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen into organic compounds. The project includes the characterization of single-cell transcriptomes and of the impact of selected regulatory RNAs and other regulators using state-of-the-art experimental approaches.
For this we seek a highly motivated candidate with a background in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or molecular genetics and related fields (M.Sc. or equivalent). The project work is carried out within the national Priority Program SPP 2389 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 qualifications, (3) scanned copies of university degrees and (4) contact details for at least one reference.

Freiburg, December 21, 2022