Postdoc / PhD student wanted

The Chair of Phytopathology at the Technical University of Munich,

TUM School of Life Sciences, hires a

Postdoc in the field of Population genomics of pathogens on wild tomato species.

We are interested in understanding the diversity and evolution of pathogens and pathogen resistance in relatively short time scales, therefore we study different populations from a diverse and geographically differentiated tomato species, Solanum chilense. We have shown that these populations show different levels of defence against a range of pathogens. For this project we have collected hundreds of strains of of the naturally occurring pathogens (Alternaria spp.) from S. chilense plants throughout the species range in Chile and Peru.

We are now looking for an enthusiastic Postdoc to assess genetic diversity using whole genome sequencing (ONT) to study adaptation of the pathogen to the different host populations. The applicant must have a PhD in biology, bioinformatics or related disciplines. Knowledge and practical experience with ONT data, bioinformatics and population genetics are required.

The project will be carried out in the group of Dr. Remco Stam at the Chair of Phytopathology (Prof. Dr. Ralph Hückelhoven). The chair hosts several research groups studying biology of plant pathogens. In addition, we have several ongoing collaborations on campus (including the large SFB924 project) and direct access to state of the art technology for next generation sequencing, diverse molecular biology techniques and extensive glass house facilities.

The Technical University of Munich wishes to increase the percentage of employed women. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. Handicapped persons with equivalent qualification will be given preference. The salary is according to German income level TV-L E13. The position is for 16 months, with the possibility to extend.

Please send your comprehensive application including a letter of motivation (1 page), your CV, certificates, list of publications, and names of 2 potential referees as a single pdf file by email to: stam[a]wzw.tum.de Informal inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Remco Stam directly as well.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible.
Reviewing of applications will start 6 January 2020

The Chair of Phytopathology at the Technical University of Munich,

TUM School of Life Sciences, hires a

PhD Student in the field of Population genomics of pathogens on wild tomato species.

We are interested in understanding the diversity and evolution of pathogens and pathogen resistance in relatively short time scales, therefore we study different populations from a diverse and geographically differentiated tomato species, Solanum chilense. We have shown that these populations show different levels of defence against a range of pathogens. For this project we have collected hundreds of strains of naturally occurring pathogens (Alternaria spp.) from S. chilense plants throughout the species range in Chile and Peru.

We are now looking for an enthusiastic PhD student assess genetic diversity of the collected strains using whole genome sequencing (ONT) to study adaptation of the pathogen to the different host populations. The applicant must have a very good MSc in biology, bioinformatics or related disciplines. Knowledge of and practical experience in sequence analyses or population genetics and keen interest in molecular plant pathology are required.

The project will be carried out in the group of Dr. Remco Stam at the Chair of Phytopathology (Prof. Dr. Ralph Hückelhoven). The chair hosts several research groups studying biology of plant pathogens. In addition, we have several ongoing collaborations on campus (including the large SFB924 project) and direct access to state of the art technology for next generation sequencing, diverse molecular biology techniques and extensive glass house facilities.

The Technical University of Munich wishes to increase the percentage of employed women. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. Handicapped persons with equivalent qualification will be given preference. The salary is according to German income level TV-L E13.

Please send your comprehensive application including a letter of motivation (1 page), your CV, certificates, list of publications, and names of 2 potential referees as a single pdf file by email to Dr. Remco Stam: stam[a]wzw.tum.de For informal inquires about the project, contact Dr. Remco Stam directly as well.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Reviewing of applications will start 6 January 2020