PhD in multi-omics of of bioelectochemical systems: Estonia

A fully-funded PhD position in multi-omics of of bioelectochemical systems is available at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, Estonia.


Bioelectochemical systems (BES) for bioremediation are regarded as a novel sustainable, and effective strategy for the treatment of sediments polluted with a mixture of organic pollutants (incl. oil products and PAHs). During the project, the microbial community structure and activity in BES units will be studied using amplicon-based, shotgun metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic approaches to model the BES performance and increase the system treatment efficiency. In addition, genome-resolved metagenomic approach will be applied to characterise electrode-attached biofilm and reactor’s microbial communities, and particularly the electroactive microorganisms related to extracellular electron transfer in the BES.


We are looking for a highly motivated student with a Master degree in microbiology or bioinformatics (or related fields) willing to learn and apply cross-disciplinary approaches. Experience in R programming language is required, and willingness to learn the command line and Unix are expected. Good command of English, spoken as well as written, is a prerequisite.


We offer a position for a period of 4 years starting in September 2021. Find more about the scholarship allowance details here. Also application information can be found here.

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