Sunday, 14 March 2010

Ph.D. Scholarhip in Population Genetics


The department of Crop Biodiversity and Breeding Informatics focuses on the development and application of methods to study environmental adaptation in wild and crop plants, to detect natural and artificial selection and to utilize this knowledge for plant breeding. We have an open position for

a PhD student

in one of the following areas:
* Genetics of environmental adaptation in model or crop plants
* Evolution and genetics of crop domestication
* Population and quantitative genetic methods for genetic mapping and plant breeding

Candidates with degree in plant or animal breeding, bioinformatics, mathematics, quantitative genetics or evolutionary biology and a strong interest in current genomic or quantitative approaches are welcome to apply. Good computing skills (Unix, programming, statistical software) are a plus.

The Ph.D. position is part the BMBF-funded SYNBREED research consortium with partners from academia and industry ( The project goal is to develop new bioinformatic and quantitative genetic approaches to improve genomic selection in plant and animal breeding. In particular, evolutionary and genome-based methods will be evaluated and further developed for applications in practical breeding. Within the consortium there is an excellent network of researchers and very good possibilities for further training in quantitative methods by way of summer schools and specialised training courses. The position is paid according to E 13 TV-L (50% part time) and is suitable for obtaining a doctoral degree.

The University of Hohenheim is located on a beautiful campus in Stuttgart and has a critical mass of well connected research groups working on animal and plant breeding. Further information can be obtained at or from the contact information below. The University of Hohenheim is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send your application (Cover letter, CV, publications, statement of research interests, addresses of at least two references) until 26 April 2010 as a single PDF document to Bärbel Hessenauer (

Prof. Dr. Karl Schmid
Institute of Plant Breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics
Fruwirthstrasse 21
D-70599 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 459 23487

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