PhD Position (m/f) - Microbial ecology in mountain lakes
Application deadline 15.03.2017
The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work in an international project (P³ - http://p3mountains.org/) which includes partners from France, USA, China and Germany with multidisciplinary research expertise. The three overarching objectives of P³ focus on 1) the collection of historical data on mountain ranges and network of mountain observation sites, 2) the analysis of the current patterns of pollutants, people and pathogens, and 3) the synthesis of all results and the establishment of mountain ecosystems as sentinels of change.
The results obtained by the international project P³ (People, pollution and pathogens - mountain ecosystems in a human-altered world) will expand current understanding of global change impacts on mountain freshwater ecosystems and their functioning as well as the biodiversity they comprise. Scientists will be able to utilize the insights uncovered by P³ to execute a wide range of research, from focused investigations studying the factors impacting different species groups to holistic studies examining impacts of changed biodiversity composition and drivers that alter ecosystems. Moreover, conservationists and environmental managers will use the results of our research to develop effective programs to control and manage populations of mountain ecosystems on a global scale.
- Conduct ecological research within the international project "P³:
- People, pollution and pathogens - mountain ecosystems in a human-altered world".
The offered position represents one out of eight positions and is dedicated to the analysis of mainly freshwater microbial (bacteria, micro-eukaryotes) communities, their interactions networks and food-webs in mountain lakes along altitudinal and pollution gradients in four mountain ranges (in France, the USA, China and Oman).
To reach this aim next generation sequencing technologies need to be applied, together with the application of ecological theories, network science approaches and bioinformatics tools for data analyses.
Samples will be taken from mountain ponds and lakes, as well as from amphibian skin.
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