PhD Position in Agronomy 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.

Job description

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.


Please send your detailed application by February 28, 2011 via email to Benjamin Stich (

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from disabled persons. It also aims to increase the percentage of female employees in fields in which they are underrepresented and therefore also expressly encourages woman to apply.

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