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Gregor Mendel Institute

The Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI), an institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, continues to recruit Group Leaders. We are primarily targeting junior scientists (i.e., Junior Group Leader or Assistant Professor), although exceptional applications at a more senior level will be considered. We welcome all applications focusing on basic research with relevance to plant biology, broadly interpreted, although we are particularly interested in building strength in computational and genome-enabled biology. Our main criterion is scientific excellence and we favor research with potential for high impact. Candidates are expected to develop an independent research program at the very highest level. The GMI offers internationally competitive packages, including a substantial yearly research budget and access to state-of-the-art facilities. The initial contract will be for five years (with a three-year extension subject to review).


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The Gregor Mendel Institute's Annual Report for 2015 is now available on our downloads page!

A high resolution version is available on request.


For all of our advances, modern life still depends on flowering plants for food, fuel, textiles, and building materials. However, we know very little about how flowering as a form of sexual reproduction evolved from ancestral plants.

A consortium involving eight project partners from Europe and the United States has been awarded €2,6M to investigate how flowering evolved, with the goal of identifying novel genes and regulatory networks required for flowering. This large collaborative study will be the first to provide molecular insight into the evolution of flowering, an important step in future projects to enhance crop productivity.


The GMI is recruiting a group leader. We are targeting evolutionary genomics, although all applications focused on plant biology are welcome.


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