We offer a three-year PhD studentship within the BMZ project ‘Accelerating the Development of Early-Maturing-Agile Potato for Food Security through a Trait Observation and Discovery Network (TON)’. The project is funded by Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany and coordinated by the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, Peru. The PhD project is part of a subproject aiming to develop drought-tolerant potato germplasm for agro-environments in China, Ethiopia and Kenya. This subproject will focus on the automatic phenotyping of drought response in potato germplasm under field conditions and will be performed at the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, Germany. The PhD student may become a member of the MPI-MPs international PhD school. Due to the project obligations towards teaching and development in the target countries of the project, only nationals from developing countries are eligible for the grant.
We a searching for a student, who holds a Master in Biology or Agriculture (Plant production) or Plant breeding and Genetics with
- basic knowledge in plant physiology
- knowledge of plant breeding and genetics
- skills in data management,
- technical understanding to operate technical devices,
- and a good command of spoken and written English
Working knowledge of the statistics package R or SAS, experience with web programming or basic command of German are advantageous.
Applications can be send by email to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and should include a letter of interest, a CV and a copy of the master certificate.
The screening of candidates will start October 12, 2015, and the successful candidate is expected to take the position in January 2016.