Within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847585, ETH Zurich is offering a 36-
month PhD position for an early-stage researchers (ESR) in in the area of sustainable food systems.
We are looking for a doctoral student working in the Molecular Plant Breeding group at ETH Zurich. The ESR will work towards the development of a high-
throughput method to phenotypically describe the response of forage grasses to water deficit. This method will then be applied to predict the agronomic performance of breeding germplasm under drought stress in the field.
By combining drought stress data with state-of-the-art DNA marker technology, the ERS will lay the foundation of genomics-
assisted breeding concepts to improve drought tolerance in the most important forage grass species of the genera Lolium and Festuca.
A planned secondment of twelve months at Barenbrug Tourneur Recherches in Mas Grenier (France) is part of this project. During this secondment, the ESR will evaluate the correlation of lab-
based data with agronomic performance in field nurseries. To achieve this, the ESR will be working closely with plant breeders, providing best opportunities to exploit the results for practical breeding.
Barenbrug Tourneur Recherches offers excellent facilities and expertise for this, namely; rainout shelters to evaluate field performance, pollination control and seed multiplication equipment.
The results of this project are expected to be communicated in scientific journals. In addition, participation at international symposia will enable the ESR to interact with a broad range of stakeholders from different countries representing universities, research institutes, advisory bodies and private companies.