Diatom Jobs (PhD, PostDoc, etc...)

PhD Jena: September 11th 2018
PostDoc Hawaii: July 20th 2018
PostDoc Canberra: July 22nd 2018



In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. The International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences. 
Application deadline for these fully funded PhD positions is   11 September, 2018. Top candidates will be invited to take part in our recruitment symposium (8-9 November, 2018).    

Find out more and apply online: www.imprs-gbgc.de


From Diatom-L:
  • Biomonitoring of complex freshwater  ecosystems using eDNA sensors
    The Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires all European member states to assess the ecological status of their water bodies. While each state has made significant efforts to achieve this assessment according to the WFD, some prevalent, but specific water bodies remain to be effectively monitored. This includes extremely dynamic (eg. intermittent rivers) or hard to reach systems (eg. groundwaters). While environmental DNA (eDNA) offers a unique opportunity to monitor these ecosystems, its use is still limited by methodological roadblocks.
    The aim of this thesis project is to test the potential of passive eDNA sensors to monitor the unique biological communities of these ecosystems. The thesis will benefit from the specificities and experience of four academic laboratories (LEHNA/CNRS-Univ. Lyon1, DYNAM/IRSTEA, ICBMS/CNRS-Univ Lyon1 and CARRTEL/INRA) and will be financed by Eurofins Hydrobiologie France. The main objectives of this project are to (i) test the sensors in the lab and in natural settings, (ii) develop new metabarcoding methods, (ii) perform the bioinformatic analyses and their valorisation.  We are looking for candidates with competence in molecular biology and bioinformatics, some experience in hydrobiology is a plus. The PhD project is expected to start in autumn 2018, for 3 years.
    1. Broad Algae Jobs:
      • Taxonomist job in private firm for algae taxonomist. Main job will be
        to process both Diatom and Soft Algae samples. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate experience and knowledge of both types. Duties include identification of samples in a production environment and data summarization for reporting to clients. Job advertisment is attached. 

Others ([very] tangentially diatom based):

  • BETA technological centre of the University of Vic (UVic-UCC) in Spain has opened up a contract for a post-doc researcher in Aquatic Ecology to cover a maternity leave (with possibolity to extending 1 more year. Link to the offer .
  • Post-Doc in Aquatic Ecology in Washington WSU-Pullman under Stephanie Hampton & Steve Katz (link) .



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