Research Scientist (Ph.D position) in Microbial Ecology: Germany
The Institute of Biodiversity at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, is offering pending on the final confirmation for financial support by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgmeinschaft) – a 36-months appointment, for a Scientist with expertise in Microbiology and Molecular Ecology to conduct research in the area of rhizosphere and soil microbiology.
It is a part-time position with 65% of a full position with the possibility to work an a Ph.D thesis. The position is within the DFG funded priority program Rhizosphere Spatiotemporal Organization a Key to Rhizosphere Functions (SPP 2089). The title of the Thünen project is Self-organized microbial networks in soil aggregates and their dynamics in the root soil continuum. It involves experimental work in the laboratory, greenhouse and participation in a joint field study. Microbial communities will be analyzed by means of metagenomes and transcriptomes.
Optimization of a DNA and RNA extraction protocol to analyze soil samples collected from different spatial regions of the root soil continuum
- nucleic acid purification and PCR amplification of rRNA genes and other genes for DNA sequencing and quantification by real-time PCR
- design and set-up of experimental studies, including soil microcosm and soil column experiments with maize, use of 14C-tracers and/or 13C isotopes and implementation of a spatially targeted sampling strategy, consideration of statistical requirements
- bioinformatic analyses of DNA sequences for phylogenetics, statistical data evaluation and visualization of results
- presentations of project-related results at internal and external meetings
- generation of reports for internal purposes and manuscripts for publication in international peer-reviewed journals
- university degree (M.Sc., Diploma) in microbiology, biotechnology, bioinformatics or related disciplines
- interest in environmental microbiology and systems ecology
- knowledge in molecular ecology, next-generation DNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatic analyses is appreciated
- knowledge in statistical data analyses, in particular with R, is appreciated
- ability to work independently and strong capacity for interdisciplinary teamwork is required
- strong communication skills
- candidates should be fluent in English (written and spoken)
- candidates should be willing to travel within Germany and spend time (days) for sampling and sample preparation and cooperation with partners
- German language skills are advantageous but not required
Please contact Prof. Dr Christoph Tebbe (+49 531 596 2553; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for inquiries about the position.