PhD Candidate

Research Assistant/Associate



Dr. Alexandra Wormit


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Chair of Botany and Molcular Genetics

Our profile

The Chair of Botany and Molecular Genetics (Head: Prof. Björn Usadel) is part of the Institute of Biology 1 at RWTH Aachen University ( The research topics of the group are analysis of plant cell walls and their utilization potential, regulation of plant metabolism and associated signallling pathways, and bioinformatics. The project portfolio includes both basic research and applied, interdisciplinary research projects (BioSC NRW, ERS RWTH, BMBF)
The research group of Dr. Alexandra Wormit investigates the effects of abiotic stress on plant metabolism and aims to identify regulatory networks and important signalling pathways. In the field of applied research, the group is interested in the utilization of residual biomass from horticulture for the production of valuable metabolites, for industrial applications.

Your profile

-You hold an excellent master?s degree (or equivalent) in biology, biotechnology or bioinformatics.
-You have very good knowledge of plant metabolism and as well as basic molecular biology skills
-You have good skills in the spoken and written English language
-You are proactive and can work independently
-You have good communication and team skills and like to work in an international environment
-You are enthusiastic about scientific questions and can develop your own research ideas and concepts
-The systematic analysis of problems and questions is one of your strengths
-You have the ability to work in a structured and result-oriented way.
-You also have a great interest in interdisciplinary cooperation with engineers and economists, a strong ability to work with internal and external project partners, high flexibility and a great commitment to your work.
-Practical experience in LC-MS analytic, measurement of metabolites or next generation sequencing and data analysis is an advantage

Your responsibilities

We are seeking an enthusiastic PhD candidate (w/m) for the interdisciplinary project "TaReCa - Tailoring of secondary metabolism in horticultural residuals and cascade utilization for a resource efficient production of valuable bioactive compounds". The aim of the project is the utilization of residual biomass from pepper cultivation for the production of valuable secondary metabolites.
You will develop LC-MS methods to quantify flavonoids from pepper, analyse metabolite profiles, perform RNAseq experiments on stressed pepper plants, including data analysis and verification. Interpretation of results as well as writing of scientific publications also belongs to your tasks.

What we offer

The successful candidate will be employed as a public servant.
The position is to be filled 01.11.2017 until for 3 Years.
This is a part-time position (50% of the standard weekly hours for full-time employees).
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen University is certified as a Family-Friendly University.
We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University.
The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.

Application deadline:30.09.2017
Mailing Address:Chair of Botany and Molecular Genetics
RWTH Aachen University
Corina Barth
Worringerweg 3
52074 Aachen, Germany
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