Job Opportunities


Assistant Professors / Research Group Leaders (Forschungsgruppenleiter)





The Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) at the University of Tübingen invites applications for an


Independent Junior Group Leader


position. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a competitive research program in the area of

Plant Molecular Biology

Particularly outstanding scientists with strong interest and experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply:
cell and developmental biology, mechanics and computational modeling of signaling processes.

The position will be vacant from January 1, 2019 and is initially limited to 6 years.
Salary and social benefits are according to scale A13/E13 of the German Civil Service Regulations. The Center provides fully equipped lab space, funding for staff, start-up money, an independent annual budget and shared equipment funds. The research group will benefit from the ZMBP central service units (greenhouse facilities, plant transformation, cytometry/FACS, microscopy, analytics, IT and administrative support).

For more information see

The University of Tübingen is committed to increase the proportion of women in Science and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

Applications including CV, publication list and research statement should be sent before August 1, 2018 to:

Prof. Dr. M. Timmermans
Universität Tübingen - ZMBP
Auf der Morgenstelle 32
72076 Tübingen



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Postdoctoral scientists (Postdoktoranden)




Postdoctoral Position in Plant-microbe interaction


Project title: Proteolytic degradation pathways and their role in plant immunity


Research: Our newly established group at the ZMBP Tübingen is interested in the role of proteolytic degradation pathways such as the proteasome and autophagy during plant immunity. Recently, we have identified that Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 (Pst) activates autophagy for proteasome degradation and enhanced pathogenicity (Üstün et al., 2018). We propose that in addition to the proteasome other pathways (e.g. Trafficking, RNA metabolism and translation) are implicated in autophagy and we will study these potential connections. The work will include proteomic, RNAseq, genetic, biochemical and cell biological approaches using Arabidopsis as the primary plant model.


More information can be found on our lab homepage:



Üstün S., Hafrén A., Liu Q., Marshall R., Minina E.A., Bozhkov P., Vierstra R., Hofius D. (2018) Bacteria exploit autophagy for proteasome degradation and enhanced virulence in plants. The Plant Cell Mar 2018, 30 (3) 668-685; DOI: 10.1105/tpc.17.00815

Üstün S., Sheikh A., Gimenez-Ibanez S., Jones A., Ntoukakis V., Börnke F. (2016) The proteasome acts as a hub for plant immunity and is targeted by Pseudomonas type-III effectors. Plant Physiology 172: 1941-1958 



We are looking for an ambitious and highly motivated Postdoc with proven expertise in cell and molecular biology, plant-microbe interactions and Arabidopsis. Prior experiences with methods to study RNA/translation, confocal imaging and/or bioinformatics skills are highly advantageous. Excellent English communication skills as well as teamwork abilities are expected. A PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry or corresponding is required.


Starting date is October 2018. Reviewing of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Please send your application as a composite pdf-file in English (letter of motivation stating your research interests and how you can intellectually contribute to the group, CV including publication record, name and addresses of at least two referees) via email to: suayib.uestuen[at] or suayib.ustun[at]


The ZMBP is a world‐class center for Plant Biology research and is situated in a brand-new and well-equipped building in the University of Tübingen science campus. The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from qualified women and individuals with disabilities.  



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Graduate students (Doktoranden)









Permanent advertisement


Am Zentrum für Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen (ZMBP), Abt. Entwicklungsgenetik, werden hochmotivierte





für DFG-finanzierte Projekte zu den Themen Zellpolarität, Zellkommunikation, Cytokinese gesucht.

Weitere Information in: Weijers et al., 2006, Dev. Cell 10, 265; Geldner et al., 2003, Cell 112, 219; Richter et al., 2007, Nature 448, 488; Reichardt et al., 2007, Curr. Biol. (in press).

Erfahrungen in Genetik, Molekularbiologie, Proteinbiochemie oder Zellbiologie sowie gute Englisch-Kenntnisse sind erwünscht. Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit der Angabe von 3 möglichen Referenzen per email an:

Prof. Dr. Gerd Jürgens, ZMBP-Entwicklungsgenetik, Universität Tübingen,

Auf der Morgenstelle 32, 72076 Tübingen, Tel. 07071/29 78887,

e-mail: gerd.juergens(at)


Permanent advertisement


The Center for Molecular Biology of Plants, Developmental Genetics, is seeking highly qualified

PhD students


Bachelor or MSc students


in the areas of cell polarity, cell-cell communication, cytokinesis (DFG-funded projects). For more information, see Weijers et al., 2006, Dev. Cell 10, 265; Geldner et al., 2003, Cell 112, 219; Richter et al., 2007, Nature 448, 488; Reichardt et al., 2007, Curr. Biol. (in press).

The successful candidates are highly motivated, proficient in English and experienced in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology or biochemistry. Please send your application including names of 3 potential referees by e-mail to:

Prof. Dr. Gerd Jürgens, ZMBP-Entwicklungsgenetik, Universität Tübingen,

Auf der Morgenstelle 32, 72076 Tübingen, Tel. 07071/29 78887,

e-mail: gerd.juergens(at)

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Undergraduate students (Bachelor, Master)



Master Thesis in Plant Biochemistry


Our research group in the Department for Plant Biochemistry at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tübingen, is offering a position for a highly motivated Master student.

We are currently working on the characterization of a plant immunity regulator. We would like to understand the role of phospholipases during plant immune responses. Recent results show a negative regulatory function of a certain PLD and interaction with important key-players of plant innate immunity. The aim of the work will be to validate the preliminary results and to further biochemically characterize the protein.

·       The project will include the following methods:

  • Recombinant protein expression and purification
  • In vitro and in vivo phosphorylation experiments
  • Protein-protein interaction studies (co-immunoprecipitation, yeast two-hybrid and FRET-FLIM interaction assays)
  • Molecular and physiological studies (cloning, real time-PCR, etc.)
  • Plant infection assays


We offer an innovative and scientifically stimulating environment, a well-equipped lab as well as an international and cooperative research team. You should apply if you are a biology or biochemistry student who is enthusiastic about science and keen on learning new techniques.

For further information and for applying please contact andrea.gust[at]


For more details about the ZMBP, please visit:




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Technical staff (Technische Angestellte)








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Gardeners and Technical Support staff (Gärtnerei- und Werkstattpersonal, Hausmeisterei)




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