Two postdoctoral positions in an ERC-funded project are available in the group of Michael Lenhard at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam, Germany, with an estimated start date in October 2010.
The project uses the model species pair Capsella grandiflora and Capsella rubella to dissect the genetic basis of the evolutionary transition from large, open to small and more closed flowers that typically follows the change from outbreeding to selfing. The main aims are to clone causal genes underlying previously identified QTL for flower size and flower opening; functionally characterize these genes; and use them to retrace the evolutionary history of flower-size reduction in Capsella.
The successful candidates hold a PhD in Genetics, Molecular Biology or Evolution and should have relevant previous research experience and a commensurate track record, as demonstrated by relevant publications. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work both independently and in a team. The working language of the laboratory is English.
The positions are offered according to German payscale TV-L E13 (approx. € 27K net pay p.a.), initially for three years, with a possible extension by another two years. The University of Potsdam is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages applications by qualified women and disabled persons.
For previous work by the Lenhard group, see Eriksson et al. (2010), Curr Biol 20: 527-32; Anastasiou et al. (2007), Dev Cell 13: 843-56; Disch et al. (2006), Curr Biol 16: 272-9.
Please send applications including Curriculum Vitae, a letter describing your motivation to pursue this postdoctoral project and contact information for two referees to:
Michael Lenhard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.