Current openings

Postdoctoral position in plant nutrient sensing – biosensor development

Description: A postdoctoral position funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation Sinergia grant is available in the Hothorn group at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. We would like to attract a plant cell biologist / nutrient physiologist to the lab with an interest in nutrient sensor development. The successful candidate will collaborate with an international team of chemists (Prof. Fiedler, Berlin), image analysis experts (Prof. Menze, Zurich) and yeast biochemists/geneticists (Prof. Panse, Zurich).

Your profile: You have recently defended your PhD or will submit your thesis in the coming month. You have a strong background in plant molecular biology, reverse genetics, in plant cell biology, and ideally in nutrient physiology. You have excellent communication skills and a keen interest in dissecting plant signal transduction cascades. You would like to obtain additional training in image analysis, structural bioinformatics, structural biology and quantitative biochemistry/biophysics.

We offer: An initial contract of 1 year, renewable up to 5 years, a competitive salary plus social benefits in an international, diverse and dynamic research environment.

How to apply: Please send your motivation letter, CV, research statement, the main publication from your PhD and the contact details of two reference providers in a single .pdf file to Michael Hothorn. Please use the e-mail address of your current host institute when sending your application.


We are always looking for talented, motivated and creative new lab members, so please inquire about open positions in the lab.

Postdoctoral candidates: Please send your application to Michael Hothorn, including a motivation letter, your C.V., your academic degrees and the names and contact details of 2-3 references. Please use your current institution’s e-mail account when sending your application.

PhD student candidates: should hold a degree master degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry. Experience in basic molecular, cell biological and/or biochemical techniques is expected, a background in plant molecular biology or structural biology is considered a plus. Please send a letter of motivation (be specific!), your academic CV (please keep it academic!), copies of your bachelor and master degrees and the names and contact details of two references to Michael Hothorn.