PhD on indoor microbial communities: Estonia

We are looking for a motivated and bright PhD student who is interested to study indoor microbial communities in the University of Tartu, Estonia. The research will be carried out in the chair of mycology on the topic of “Temporal and spatial patterns of indoor fungal and arthropod communities”. It is a part of citizen science project “FunHome” and rely on already collected samples from more than 64 territories and ~500 buildings (~2000 samples). In addition, we have a much deeper collection of samples from Estonia (for one and a half years) and samples collected during a popular science expedition with sailboat from North Europe to the Antarctic and to the Arctic.

This research will be supervised by Jane Oja and Sten Anslan.


  • A master’s degree or an equivalent qualification is a prerequisite for admission
  • International applicants to all PhD level programmes must provide a proof of English language proficiency at a satisfactory level (level B2). More detailed information here

Applicants are evaluated based on

  1. Prior experience in HTS technology and related data analyses. Prior experience with fungi or arthropods is also very welcome, but not strictly necessary.
  2. Motivation letter (maximum one page)
  3. CV

We offer

Tuition-free study in Tartu, Estonia

Work in a brand new laboratory with the most-cited scientists of Estonia Monthly PhD student salary according to Estonian law for junior researcher

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Please contact Jane Oja at for more information about the project

Application deadline 25 March 2022.

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