As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

At our institute you will find a scientifically stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by an excellent infrastructure you make an important contribution to the improvement of people’s quality of life. 

The Research Unit Environmental Simulation is affiliated to the Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology and operates state-of-the-art platforms for environmental simulation and phenotyping of plants, which enable experiments to be carried out under realistic and reproducible environmental conditions. We want to understand the relationship between biotic and abiotic stress reactions and the health and productivity of plants on a molecular and physiological level. This knowledge will enable us to develop strategies on how genetic resources and useful microbes/fungi can be used to mitigate negative effects of pathogens and climate stress.

We are currently looking for a

Posdoc (f/m/d) for plant phenotyping and imaging analysis 2019/0242

Job description

As a successful applicant you will work in the field of plant phenotyping and image analysis using artificial intelligence methods.

Your scientific tasks will include:

  • Investigations in the field of plant phenotyping to determine the effect of environmental factors on crop plants
  • The establishment of spectroscopic methods for the non-invasive recording of plant traits in (high-throughput) phenotyping facilities 
  • The implementation of methods in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence for causal analysis of the influence of environmental changes on plant microbial interactions 
  • The analysis and identification of breeding and environmentally relevant plant phenotypic traits

General tasks include the co-supervision of doctoral students and technical staff, the writing of scientific manuscripts as well as the representation of the department at international conferences.

Your qualification

  • Completed academic studies in biology, computational biology or data science with doctoral degree
  • Experience in optical and spectroscopic measurement methods, image evaluation and machine learning
  • Excellent, documented scientific achievements and publications in high-ranking scientific journals
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Very high motivation for scientific excellence and pronounced scientific curiosity
  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Communicative, respectful and solution-oriented way of acting

What we offer you

A challenging and versatile field of work providing you with the freedom to follow your instinct and be creative. With the help of extensive and goal-orientated professional development measures and career-building programmes we encourage you to grow as a person. To ensure a good work/life balance we assist you with flexible working hours, in-house health management, a nursery, child care subsidy where required and an “Elder Care” concept as well as other consultation and support options.

Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and research institutes if offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (TV EntgO Bund).

The position is (initially) limited to three years.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. To increase the share of women in management positions we very much welcome the respective applications. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Prof. Dr. Jörg-Peter Schnitzler on 089 3187-2413 , who will be happy to be of assistance.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until  31.07.2019.

Prof.Dr. Jörg-Peter Schnitzler

Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Research Unit Environmental Simulation
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

85764 Neuherberg bei München

The Helmholtz Zentrum München is part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization. Altogether 40 000 people currently work in its 19 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers. The Association's annual budget amounts to around 4.7 billion Euros.