PostDoc "Environmental Spread and Persistence of Antibiotic Resistances in
aquatic Systems Exposed to oyster Aquaculture - SPARE-SEA" (m/f/d)
Aquaculture has been identified as a gateway for antibiotic resistance (AR)
spread, and the coastal areas used for oyster aquaculture are often
contaminated by AR determinants (antibiotics, resistance genes, and resistant
bacteria) and other pollutants. AR transmission to humans and other species
threatens the safety of coastal marine systems, the sustainability of
shellfish farming and human health. In a collaboration between Delphine
Destoumieux-Garzon (CNRS, Montpellier, F), Karl André (IRTA, Tarragona,
E), Luigi Vezulli (Uni Genova, I), Gianluca Corno (CNR, Verbania, I) and
Mathias Wegner (AWI, D) the JPI Aquatic pollutants funded project SPARE-SEA
investigates the cumulative effects of human use of coastal ecosystems along
multiple gradients (e.g oyster farming intensity and agrochemical pollutant
run-off) on the enrichment of AR in the oyster bio-reactor and its subsequent
transfer routes within anthroposized coastal environments.
We are looking for a 3-year PostDoc to
Identify and characterise antibiotic resistance genes in strain
collections, metagenomic and -transcriptomic data sets
Run field and laboratory experiments testing environmental conditions
favouring the spread of antibiotic resistance at the Waddensea Station
Sylt and partner labs in Spain and France
PhD in biology, microbiology or related field
Expertise in the microbial ecology (especially antibiotic resistance
and/or host associated microbiome)•
Experience in conducting enrichment experiments on different scales
(micro - mesocosm)
Experience with statistics and bioinformatics
Excellent communication skills in English (spoken and written)
For further information, please contact Dr. Mathias Wegner
This is a full-time position, limited to 3 years. It is also suitable for
part-time employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the
Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag
des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The
place of employment will be List (Sylt).
Postdocs have to register with AWI's postdoc office PROCEED, thereby gaining
access to a set of tailor-made career development tools.
The AWI is characterised by
our scientific success - excellent research
collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and
opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and
a culture of reconciling work and family – an audited and well-supported
aspect of our operation
our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft,
laboratories and more
an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over
having an influence – fundamental research with social and political
flat hierarchies – facilitating freedom and responsibility
exciting science topics, with opportunities also in technology,
administration and infrastructure
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims
to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages
qualified women to apply.
Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are
The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has
received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.
We look forward to your application!
Please submit your application by August 12 th 2021, exclusively online.
Reference number 21/140/D/Bio-b.