PhD Position in the Department of Biochemistry


The aim of this project is to investigate the role of chemical defense metabolites for interactions of poplar trees with their herbivores and higher trophic levels (herbivore natural enemies).  



We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with experience in chemical ecology who also has a strong interest in field work and interdisciplinary research questions. The work will include a combination of experiments performed in the greenhouse and the field, such as preference and performance assays with selected herbivore and predator species. The chemical analysis of various natural products with GC/MS and LC/MS techniques, carried out under the supervision of trained personnel, will be a key element of the thesis. Skills in experimental design and statistics are advantageous. A Diploma or MSc degree in Biology is required for this position.

We offer excellent working conditions, a well-equipped laboratory with a high standard of analytical tools and a friendly environment.  

Please send an application (Word or pdf document) including a CV, letter of motivation and research interests as well as the names and addresses of two referees by January 17th 2014 to the email address below.

Salary: according to standard Max Planck Society guidelines for Ph.D. positions

Dr. Sybille Unsicker
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Department of Biochemistry
Hans-Knöll Straße 8
07745 Jena

E-mail: sunsicker [at]
Tel: +49 (0) 3641 571328
Fax: +49 (0) 3641 571302