The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.
The DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre 1076 “AquaDiva – Understanding the Links between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere” is an ambitious research centre at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. Its integrated research training group IRTG AquaDiva is educating doctoral researchers in a structured, interdisciplinary training program (www.aquadiva.uni-jena.de) and invites applications for doctoral researcher positions in various fields of research.
At the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany the Microbial Interaction Ecology Group at the Department of Environmental Microbiology seeks to fill the following position in the AquaDiva subproject “Phages as Vectors and Indicators of Biological Information: Selective transport and consequences for nutrient release and cycling”.
In this project, we want to understand the role of the virosphere in the Critical Zone and the consequences of virus-host interactions for the subsurface genetic landscape, microbial ecosystem functions, and nutrient cycling. Specifically, we want to know if selective transport of soil viruses influences subsurface viral communities and if subsurface viruses represent an important component in shaping the subsurface microbial landscape and nutrient cycling. The focus of the hired postdoctoral researcher will be mostly computational, i.e., analysing and synthesising existing and new metagenomic/genomic data for a comprehensive understanding of the subsurface virosphere, virus-host interactions, and prevailing virus life cycles. A close link will be established to a concurrently employed PhD student and a postdoctoral researcher working on the transport experiments and the lysis-driven release and cycling of nutrients in laboratory and field experiments. The post holder will have plenty of opportunities to closely collaborate with other project partners working with omics-data.
Starting date: October 1, 2021.
Working time 100% (39 hours per week), limited to 3 years with the possibility of extension until June 30, 2025.
The UFZ has a strong commitment to diversity and actively supports equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, disability, age, or sexual identity. We look forward to applications from people who are open-minded and enjoy working in diverse teams.
Please submit your application via our online portal with your cover letter, CV (please omit your photo, age, or marital status), and relevant attachments.
Selected applicants will be invited for a short presentation and a personal interview with the project leader/s at our recruitment symposium, presumably end of July 2021.
Queries concerning the application process should be directed to the IRTG coordinator, Dr. Anke Hädrich (aquadiva-recruitment[at]uni-jena.de).