Lehrstuhl für Pflanzenzüchtung

Research Assistant "Genetic control of flowering time in Quinoa"


The Plant Breeding Institute of the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany, currently offers one position for a

Research assistant (at the doctoral dissertation level)

till March, 31, 2020 with the research topic Genetic control of flowering time in Quinoa. The salary is based on the German public pay scale (TV-L 13, half-time employment, 19,35 hours per week).

The position in the project funded by the internal competitive research program of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia (KAUST), is embedded in the project Genetic Control of Growth, Adaptation and Productivity in Quinoa.

Area of Activity:

The project is a collaborative research project conducted jointly by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Brigham Young University, University of Kiel, and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is a highly nutritious crop, because its seeds comprise a high amount of protein value and also provide a good balance of carbohydrate, vitamins, lipids, fiber and other minerals. As quinoa has the potential to provide nutritious and healthy food for human, it is often referred as the ‘super grain of future.' Quinoa is a short day plant. However, cultivation in central and northern Europe requires adaptation to long day conditions. In this project, the applicant will study the genetic mechanism of flowering time regulation in quinoa as well as its response to different day length to adapt its flowering time to long day conditions.

Tasks and Areas of Responsibility:

In collaboration with the project partners, the successful applicant will:

  • Phenotype a large collection of quinoa accessions for their flowering time behavior
  • Identify quinoa flowering time candidate genes by comparative sequence analysis with major flowering time genes from other species.
  • Co-localize candidate genes with flowering time QTL.
  • Perform expression analysis to study the transcriptional activities of flowering time candidate genes.
  • Identify allelic variation affecting flowering time in quinoa by haplotype analyses for flowering time genes.



You should have:

  • An excellent master`s degree in agriculture (or a comparable subject),
  • Excellent background in genetics, mapping and plant molecular biology
  • Sound laboratory experience: DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, quantitative Real-Time PCR, cloning, plant transformation.  
  • Previous experience of fieldwork and plant phenotyping
  • Experience in genome wide association studies (GWAS) and QTL analyses is desirable but not a prerequisite
  • Excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken,
  • Sound experience in MS Office applications (word, excel, power point)
  • Cooperativeness, i.e., ability to work in a team,
  • Independence and commitment


What we offer:

  • A challenging and interesting research position with the possibility to shape your own research profile,
  • A sound academic supervision of the dissertation work,
  • More information on the research done in the working group and current research projects can be found in the internet https://www.plantbreeding.uni-kiel.de/en

The University of Kiel is an equal opportunity employer, aiming to increase the proportion of women in science. Applications by women are particularly welcome.

The University of Kiel has an equal opportunities policy for persons with recognized disabilities. Disabled persons with the necessary qualifications will therefore be given priority.

Applications by people with a migration background are particularly welcomed.

Interested candidates should send an application, including a cover letter, CV, references, and copies of degree certificates to

Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung
der Christian-Albrechts-Universität
zu Händen von Frau Antje Jakobeit
Olshausenstraße, 24118 Kiel
email: a.jakobeit(at)plantbreeding.uni-kiel.de

Application deadline is December15th,  2017 Please refrain from submitting application photos.

For further information regarding the position please contact Dr. Nadine Dally (Tel.+49 431 880 5036).