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"Es geht um die Balance zwischen Freiraum und Lernen"
An interview with an apprentice trainer and her last apprentice in the Thünen-Institute in Waldsieversdorf
(in German)

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Job Offers

Job offers of the Thünen Institute

PhD Student (research associate) (m/f/d)

The Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics, one of the 14 Federal Research Institutes for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries in Germany, is offering a 3-year part-time position with 65 % of the regular working time (i.e. currently 25.35 hrs/week) starting on October 01, 2020 for a

PhD Student (research associate) (m/f/d)

to work within the FNR-funded joint project “FraxForFuture” to elucidate the genetic basis of natural variation in the response of ash trees against ash dieback. Several F1 populations will be characterized genetically (using NGS data) and phenotypically to identify the genomic regions underlying increased disease resistance.

The project will take place at both locations of the Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics. This position will be mainly based in the genome research group of the Grosshansdorf site. It will allow the applicant to pursue an academic qualification (doctorate degree) in cooperation with the department of biology of the University of Hamburg.

Your tasks:

  • Analysis of DNA-Seq data and identification of sequence variants
  • Generation of genetic maps and QTL analyses
  • Genome assembly using Oxford Nanopore data
  • Integration of various genomic datasets to prioritize potential causal gene variants
  • Publication and presentation of results
  • Further development of ideas and active advancement of the project

Your profile:

  • University degree (M.Sc./dipl.) in biology, agricultural sciences, forestry or related disciplines
  • Enthusiasm for science and high motivation to contribute to pushing forward the boundaries of current knowledge
  • Experience in NGS data analysis
  • Knowledge of statistics and data analysis, preferentially with R
  • Sound understanding of classical and molecular genetics
  • High degree of flexibility and willingness for repeated trips to the Waldsieversdorf site of the Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics

The employment relationship is governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD). The payment of the remuneration is made when the personal and collective bargaining requirements are fulfilled according to pay category 13 TVöD (65 %).

The Thünen Institute promotes the professional equality of women and men and therefore welcomes expressly encourages applications from women.

The Thünen Institute is committed to inclusion. Applications from people with severe disabilities are therefore expressly desired. These will be given special consideration in the selection procedure.

Please contact Niels A. Müller (0049-4102-696145, for further information.

Interested candidates should send their applications (including motivation letter, CV, copies of relevant certificates and at least one letter of recommendation) via email preferably as a single PDF file referring to “2020-133-FG/Ash QTL“ before July 26, 2020 to


Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics

Sieker Landstrasse 2

22927 Grosshansdorf, Germany

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