PhD Project in Geomicrobiology
PhD Project in Geomicrobiology
The Geomicrobiology research group at the University of Tübingen is looking for a PhD student working on:
‘Geomicrobiological processes in arsenic mobilization in Hanoi, Vietnam‘
Elevated levels of arsenic (As) in groundwater are a health problem affecting over 100 million people worldwide, particularly in the densely populated river deltas of South and Southeast Asia. Aquifers containing low and high As levels are characterized by highly contrasting redox conditions. The redox fronts play a crucial role with regard to As advection and retention. Its stability and persistence in space and time are largely controlled by the mutual interaction of (a) transport processes, (b) microbial activity and (c) the type of As host mineral phases (mainly Fe-bearing). The advertised geomicrobiological PhD project will be integrated in the multidisciplinary and international research project AdvectAs “Retardation and mobilization of arsenic at redox fronts under advective flow conditions” which is funded by the joined DFG/SNF DACH program and aims at developing an integral and generally applicable understanding of As mobilization, advection and retardation across redox gradients. The project consists of four modules, which are closely interacting (M1-Mineralogy & Geochemistry at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; M2-Microbiology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, M3-Hydrochemistry & Environmental Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology at Dübendorf, Switzerland, M4-Integrated reactive transport modelling at the University of Tübingen, Germany).
The PhD project in the Geomicrobiology group at University of Tübingen will use a combination of cultivation-based and molecular-biological approaches (next-generation sequencing) to investigate the role of microorganisms, particularly Fe-metabolizing bacteria, on Fe mineral formation and transformation and dissolution and As retardation and mobilization in response to changing hydrogeochemical conditions. The project will include fieldwork and sampling in Vietnam as well as laboratory experimental studies.
We are offering a PhD position in an interdisciplinary, international, and dynamic team of geomicrobiologists, microbial molecular ecologists, and geochemists. This position provides an opportunity for the candidate to be creative and innovative, and to work on a challenging topic that combines various fields. Ideal candidates should have a solid background in microbiology and interest in Geomicrobiology and Environmental Microbiology. Applicants must have the ability to work independently and in a team, have excellent management and communication skills, and should be highly motivated and committed to pursuing interdisciplinary research. Good computer and language skills (English) are necessary. The candidate will have the opportunity to present his/her results in international journals and conferences.
The starting date is April 1st, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The employment (TVL E13, 65%, 3 years) will be arranged by the administration of the University of Tübingen. Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification.
Applications including CV, motivation letter, and overview of techniques and methods used in the past should be send by email before January, 15th, 2017 to:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kappler, Geomicrobiology group, Center for Applied Geosciences, University of Tübingen Sigwartstrasse 10, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany.
More information including recent publications can be found on our website:
Applications including CV, motivation letter, and overview of techniques and methods used in the past should be send by email before January, 15th, 2017
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