PhD Position in Microbial Ecology (f/m/x)

The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ
December 18, 2022
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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The Microbial Interaction Ecology group in the Department of Environmental Microbiology of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ)- Leipzig offers a DFG-funded PhD position in microbial ecology to study the spatial ecology of soil microbial communities across scales as part of the Biodiversity Exploratories. This project will include sampling across the Exploratory's long-term forest and grassland sites across Germany, as well as molecular work in the laboratory including sequencing of 16S and 18S rRNA genes, and ecological modelling, with the aim of understanding how humans impact the assembly of soil microbial communities. The Microbial Interaction Ecology group is an international, interdisciplinary group that studies how interactions among microbes shape the assembly and functioning of microbial communities. As part of the Helmholtz Centre, the candidate will obtain professional and interdisciplinary training through our graduate school HIGRADE, and have access to cutting-edge molecular facilities. As part of the Biodiversity Exploratories, they will develop a broad network and attend project meetings, as well as international conferences. Through this project, the candidate will become highly proficient in the application of ecological theory to molecular, omics data.

PhD Position in Microbial Ecology (f/m/x) Subject: Assembly of microbial communities across space (Biodiversity

Exploratories project SpaceMic)

Starting date: 01.04.2023, 65% working time, limited to 36 month (this position is subject to the approval of the third party funder)

Your tasks:
  • Extensive soil sampling in the 2023 field campaign
  • DNA extraction, quantification, and PCR
  • Bioinformatics processing of amplicon sequences
  • Ecological modelling of spatial patterns
  • Presenting scientific results (writing, oral presentations)
  • Your profile:
  • Be passionate about ecology and self-motivated
  • Have a Master's degree in ecology, microbial ecology, or a related field.
  • Have excellent English language skills
  • Be comfortable programming in R
  • Enjoy working in a team
  • Enjoy both fieldwork and coding
  • Experience with fieldwork, labwork, and/or ecological modelling
  • We offer:
  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams
  • Excellent links with national and international research networks
  • Excellent support and optimal subject-specific and general training with our HIGRADE graduate school
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 (65%)
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