Academic employees [IMPALA] [Institute of Molecular Botany] - reference no. 2115623.01.2022

University of Ulm


January 23, 2022


> Scope: Part-time 65%

> Temporary: until 28.02.2025 > Remuneration: TV-L 13

> Start: from 01.03.2022

For the Institute of Molecular Botany we are looking for a/an Academic employee (m/f/d)

Ecosystem - Microbiome Research

Ulm University with its more than 10,000 students offers varied professional tasks in a highly innovative research, teaching and work environment, at the same time facilitating the reconciliation of work and family in many ways.

We seek to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and particularly encourages qualified female scientists to apply for this position.

Severely disabled applicants with equal aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with above-average qualifications, enthusiasm and research experience. This PhD position (3 years) is part of the project IMPALA, funded by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation's microbiome program (Profs Simone Sommer, Lena Wilfert, Christian Riedel, Patrick Schäfer). In an interdisciplinary team consisting of a post- doc and two PhD students, the project examines how different fertilisation regimes affect the functional biodiversity of microbiomes along a grassland trophic chain. The PhD's focus in the Schäfer lab will be on the functional analyses of plant root and flower microbiomes in interaction with animals. At the Institute of Molecular Botany, we are an interactive and international team that has established international collaborations in the field of functional microbiomics to investigate the effect of beneficial symbionts on nutrient supply (with groups from the University of Warwick, UK) and resistance to climate stress (with groups from the University of Colima, Mexico) in plants. All IMPALA-project partners study at the University of Ulm (Profs. Sommer and Wilfert, Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics, as well as Prof. Riedel, Microbiology).

Your profile:
  • University degree in biology or a comparable discipline

  • Research experience in the field of microbiome and/or metagenomics

  • Preferably, experience in experimental work with plants

  • Solid basic training in the area of plant ecology and/or microbiology

  • Skills in the analysis of microbial biodiversity, statistics and bioinformatics

  • Excellent social skills, motivation and enthusiasm for working in a team

  • Very good communication skills and excellent written and spoken English

  • Your responsibilities:
  • Research on microbiomes and metagenomes of plant roots and flowers
  • Experimental investigations in mesocosms
  • DNA extractions and preparation of sequencing libraries

  • Bioinformatics: 16S rRNA based microbiome biodiversity analyses and functional genetic analyses

  • Data processing, multivariate statistical analyses and modeling, meta- analyses if applicable

  • Presenting results at international conferences and preparation of publications in renowned international journals

  • Contribution to the supervision of undergraduate theses' projects and research-based knowledge transfer
  • Seize the opportunity and join us in shaping the future of the University!

    > Reference no.: 21156

    > Application deadline: 23.01.2022

    Hiring is done by the Central University Administration.

    Your contact for further information: Prof. Dr. Patrick Schäfer, phone +49 731 50-22614

    We look forward to your application via our online application portal.