PhD in Environmental Microbiology: Germany

The Department of Environmental Microbiology at the Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA) at the University of Stuttgart is delighted to announce an open position for a PhD student who will work on: “Identification of surfactant impacts on N- and C-cycling microbial key players in soils and freshwater sediments”

Glyphosate is the most widely applied herbicide on Earth, exhibits potential toxicity, and persists in the environment. Glyphosate is not used as single compound but as mixture, a formulation, with surfactants as the second most abundant ingredient. These surfactants are considered inert, and a critical knowledge gap exists regarding their impacts on microorganisms in the environment. Of particular interest are microbial key players that drive biogeochemical cycles and influence the fate of greenhouse gases.

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