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Internships, Bachelor and Master Theses

If you are interested in working in our team, please contact directly Macarena Marín ( 

PhD and Postdoc positions

We are currently looking for Postdocs and PhD students. We are happy to accept outstanding individuals that can bring their own fellowship. We of course offer support during the fellowship application process.

PhD position to work within the DFG-funded priority programme SPP2125 “DECRyPT”

PhD position in plant microbiome Deciphering the bacterial community of ineffective nodules A 3-year PhD position is open in the Marín group ( at the Genetics (LMU Munich, Germany). The project will be in frame of a collaborative consortium working on plant-associated microbiota.

Project description: One of the cornerstones of the root nodule symbiosis is the bi-directional nutrient exchange between host legumes and their micro-symbionts. Yet ineffective symbiotic interactions in which indigenous rhizobia do not fix nitrogen, often occur in agricultural fields. This leads to reduced yields and thus limits the widespread use of legumes in sustainable agriculture. The competition between these indigenous cheater rhizobia and introduced beneficial inoculants has been indicated as one of the reasons why inoculant strains have low penetration in agricultural fields. The aim of this project is to investigate the microbial community forming ineffective nodules and the interactions shaping this community. For this we will combine microbiology, computational biology and plant physiology approaches.

Profile: We are looking for a motivated student who can work accurately and think independently, has excellent writing and communication skills in English, and enjoys working in an open and multicultural environment. Prior experience in microbiology, next generation sequencing technologies, and bioinformatics is advantageous.

Eligibility: The candidate must have a Masters in Life sciences or an equivalent degree. Applications must include a motivation letter, a CV, academic transcripts, and two recommendation letters or contact information from mentors. Applications must be sent per e-mail as a single pdf document to

Starting date: earliest date possible