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Doctoral Position in Cyanobacterial Ecology
Published(911 days ago)
Deadline for applications(889 days ago)
University of KonstanzKonstanz
The University of Konstanz, with its „Institutional Strategy to
promote Top-Level Research“, has been receiving continuous
funding since 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative
by the German Federal and State Governments.
Within the Framework of the Water Research Funding Programme of the Land
of Baden Württemberg, the University of Konstanz obtained funding for a
„Researcher Network“ with the title „CHAllenges of Reservoir Management
(CHARM): Meeting Environmental and Social Requirements“. For this network,
we invite applications for a:
Doctoral Position in Cyanobacterial Ecology
(Salary Scale 13 TV-L / 50 %)
The successful candidate will play a central role in the subproject: Harmful
Cyanobacterial Blooms (HCBs). Reservoirs and dams used for hydropower or
drinking water supply are subject to major anthropogenic and environmental
influences potentially favouring HCBs. Aim of this subproject is to explore the
infochemical exchange in conjunction with cyanobacterial bloom formation in
reservoirs to understand the governing processes and to provide the basis for
future monitoring and management strategies that help to prevent the
proliferation of HCBs. Of special interest are toxin-producing cyano-bacterial
species and the function of the toxins within the infochemical sphere (Quorum
Sensing / Quorum Quenching).
The successful candidate holds a MSc (or equivalent) degree in microbiology,
biochemistry, chemistry or environmental sciences with focus on organismic
interactions. Applicants should have a solid background and deep interest in
ecological and biochemical research. Expertise in cyanobacterial research,
especially in investigating interactions amongst cyanobacteria and/or green
algae, is an asset. As this project involves primarily laboratory work but also
some field in intense collaboration with other project partners, applicants should
be keen to work in a team as well as embrace fieldwork. Applicants should have
good working and communication skills. This project also involves intense
collaborations with research groups in Organic Chemistry. English language
proficiency (spoken and written) is required; knowledge of the German language
is not mandatory but will be helpful especially during the fieldwork.
The appointment is for 36 months and will start as soon as possible. The
candidate will have access to state of the art facilities and instrumentation, and
will work within an interdisciplinary team of researchers consisting of ecologists,
toxicologists, environmental physicists, engineers, and social scientists.
The place of work will be the University of Konstanz, a friendly and international
working environment offering attractive surroundings and high quality of living.
The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be
given preference if appropriately qualified (contact +497531/88-4016).
The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to
increase the number of women in research and teaching.
The University of Konstanz is committed to further the compatibility of work and
The University of Konstanz supports dual career couples. Information can be
obtained from: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/dcc .
Applications should include a letter of motivation, a complete CV with certificates
and names and contact details of two potential referees. All application
documents should be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to Prof. Dr. D.
Dietrich Daniel.Dietrich@uni-konstanz.de or PD Dr. D. Martin-CreuzburgDominik.Martin-Creuzburg@uni-konstanz.deusing the reference number
2017/113. Application deadline: 30 June 2017 and will continue until the position is
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