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Institution Faculty of Biology - Molecular Plant Science
Remuneration group TV-L E13
Full-time / Part-time Part-time (65%)
Start date at the next possible date
Application deadline 2024-06-01

About us:

The Leister group has several research interests, including plant acclimation. Our subgroup investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying the interplay between chloroplast signalling and sensing pathways in the nucleus and cytoplasm. This is fundamental to improving our understanding of how plants sense and respond to a changing environment.

Further reading and more information.

Richter AS, Nägele T, Grimm B, Kaufmann K, Schroda M, Leister D, Kleine T (2023). Retrograde signaling in plants: A critical review focusing on the GUN pathway and beyond. Plant Commun 4(1):100511. doi: 10.1016/j.xplc.2022.100511

Kleine T et al. (2021). Acclimation in plants - the Green Hub consortium. Plant J 106:23-40. doi: 10.1111/tpj.15144

Wang L, Leister D, Guan L, Zheng Y, Schneider K, Lehmann M, Apel K, Kleine T (2020). The Arabidopsis SAFEGUARD1 suppresses singlet oxygen-induced stress responses by protecting grana margins. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 117:6918-6927. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1918640117

We are looking for you:

PhD position in Molecular Plant Science (m/f/x)

in Planegg-Martinsried

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • Planning and carrying out experiments independently
  • Application of established methods
  • Establishment of new methods
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Preparing contributions to reports and presentations.

Your qualifications:

To strengthen our team we are looking for a motivated PhD student interested in the above-mentioned topics and willing to apply cutting-edge technologies. Interested applicants should have a strong background in plant physiology and/or molecular biology. Knowledge in systems–biology approaches and an affinity to use bioinformatics are of advantage.


We offer

  • the possibility to work on a cutting-edge project
  • well-equipped, modern and highly interactive research environment within the LMU Biology Campus, Martinsried
  • embedment in a research consortium ( with all its benefits, including the opportunity to build lasting networks in a collaborative research environment
  • expertise in a wide range of experimental techniques including molecular biology, protein biochemistry, physiology, (epi)genetics, cell biology, and applications of next generation sequencing
  • an outstanding supervision concept
  • an attractive living environment
  • LMU corporate benefits

Further information for academic careers at the LMU.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Applications (CV with grades, letter of motivation and the contact details of two referees) should be sent per e-mail (subject:”PhD Position”) until 01.06.2024 to

PD Dr. Tatjana Kleine
Biozentrum der LMU München
Bereich Botanik, AG Leister
Großhaderner Str. 2-4
D-82152 Planegg-Martinsried

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