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The „Algal Biomineralization“ lab at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (Germany) invites applications for a
Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
PhD student positionto study the formation of the mineralized scales that cover the cells of coccolithophorid algae. These cell coverings are called coccoliths and they are paradigms for complex-shaped bioCaCO3. Coccolith formation is of great importance in the context of marine ecosystem ecology and climate regulation as well as in context of bioinspired materials synthesis. The project aims for the identification of macromolecules involved in coccolith formation and at an understanding of their roles in the process. The project includes aspects of:
- Isolation and characterization (using biochemical, spectroscopy and imaging techniques) of macromolecules (polysaccharides and proteins) involved in coccolith biogenesis
- Functional analysis of the isolated macromolecules using in vitro mineralization assays and state-of-the-art analytical techniques
- Identification and cloning of genes involved in coccolith biogenesis
- Genetic engineering of coccolithophorid algae