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). Your profile:
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. We offer:
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 family life. 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-Creuzburg Dominik.Martin-Creuzburg@uni-konstanz.de using the reference number 2017/113. Application deadline: 30 June 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.