PostDoc "Environmental Spread and Persistence of Antibiotic Resistances in aquatic Systems Exposed to oyster Aquaculture - SPARE-SEA" (m/f/d)

Alfred Wegener Institute


August 12, 2021


PostDoc "Environmental Spread and Persistence of Antibiotic Resistances in

aquatic Systems Exposed to oyster Aquaculture - SPARE-SEA" (m/f/d)

Background 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.

Tasks 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
  • Requirements

  • 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)
  • Further Information

    For further information, please contact Dr. Mathias Wegner (; +49(4651)956-4202).

    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 international, interdisciplinary
  • opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI
  • 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 the world
  • having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
  • 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 present.

    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.


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