Post-Doc Position in Plant-microbe interaction (Tübingen, Germany) CFATG
Post-Doc Position in Plant-microbe interaction (Tübingen, Germany)
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Postdoctoral Position in Plant-microbe interaction

Üstün Lab, Center of Plant Biology (ZMBP), Department of General Genetics, Tübingen, Germany

Project title: Proteolytic degradation pathways and their role in plant immunity

Research: Our newly established group at the ZMBP Tübingen is interested in the role of proteolytic degradation pathways such as the proteasome and autophagy during plant immunity. Recently, we have identified that Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 (Pst) activates autophagy for proteasome degradation and enhanced pathogenicity (Üstün et al., 2018). We propose that in addition to the proteasome other pathways (e.g. Trafficking, RNA metabolism and translation) are implicated in autophagy and we will study these potential connections. The work will include proteomic, RNAseq, genetic, biochemical and cell biological approaches using Arabidopsis as the primary plant model.
More information can be found on our lab homepage:

– Üstün S., Hafrén A., Liu Q., Marshall R., Minina E.A., Bozhkov P., Vierstra R., Hofius D. (2018) Bacteria exploit autophagy for proteasome degradation and enhanced virulence in plants. The Plant Cell Mar 2018, 30 (3) 668-685; DOI: 10.1105/tpc.17.00815
– Üstün S., Sheikh A., Gimenez-Ibanez S., Jones A., Ntoukakis V., Börnke F. (2016) The proteasome acts as a hub for plant immunity and is targeted by Pseudomonas type-III effectors. Plant Physiology 172: 1941-1958

Requirements/Qualifications: We are looking for an ambitious and highly motivated Postdoc with proven expertise in cell and molecular biology, plant-microbe interactions and Arabidopsis. Prior experiences with methods to study RNA/translation, confocal imaging and/or bioinformatics skills are highly advantageous. Excellent English communication skills as well as teamwork abilities are expected. A PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry or corresponding is required.

Starting date is October/November 2018. Reviewing of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Please send your application as a composite pdf-file in English (letter of motivation stating your research interests and how you can intellectually contribute to the group, CV including publication record, name and addresses of at least two referees) via email to: or

The ZMBP is a world-class center for Plant Biology research and is situated in a brandnew and well-equipped building in the University of Tübingen science campus. The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from qualified women and individuals with disabilities.

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