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17.02.2017 17:27

PhD Project in Microbial Molecular Ecology

Faculty of Science, Geomicrobiology

The Microbial Molecular Ecology / Geomicrobiology group at the University of Tübingen is looking for a

PhD student

who will work on: ‘Metabolic survival strategies of iron(II)-oxidizing bacteria from freshwater ecosystems’


Iron biogeochemical processes including microbial Fe(II) oxidation play a key role for the fate of many contaminants (e.g. arsenic) and nutrients in the environment, however, the metabolic mechanisms of Fe(II) oxidation remain elusive. In this PhD project, field samples will be obtained from contrasting environments (freshwater pond and groundwater aquifer in Germany, arsenic-contaminated aquifer in Vietnam, and the Rio Tinto in Spain). Enrichment cultures for nitrate-reducing iron(II)-oxidizing bacteria will be setup and examined. In particular, innovative cultivation techniques, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics and stable-isotope labeling experiments will be applied to get novel insights into metabolic survival strategies of nitrate-reducing iron(II)-oxidizing bacteria from freshwater ecosystems.


We are offering a PhD position in an interdisciplinary, international, and dynamic team of molecular ecologists, microbiologists, geochemists and geoscientists. This position provides an opportunity for the candidate to be creative and innovative, and to work on a challenging, multidisciplinary topic. Ideal candidates should have a solid background in molecular ecology and environmental microbiology. Applicants must have the ability to work independent and in a team, have excellent management and communication skills and should be highly motivated and committed to pursuing interdisciplinary research. Very good computer and language skills (English) are necessary. The candidate will have the opportunity to present his/her results in international journals and at conferences.


The starting date is April 1st 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The project is part of the “Research Training Group 1708 (GRK1708): Molecular Principles of Bacterial Survival Strategies”, supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The employment will be arranged by the administration of the University of Tübingen (salary TVL E13, 65%, 3 years).


Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification. The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics to apply for these positions.


Applications including CV, motivation letter (incl. statement of interest for this position), overview of techniques and methods used in the past, transcripts, and contact address of two referees should be send by email before March 26th 2017 to:


Dr. Sara Kleindienst, Microbial Molecular Ecology Group, Geomicrobiology, Center for Applied Geosciences, University of Tübingen, Hölderlinstr. 12, D-72074 Tübingen, Germany, Phone: +49-7071-2974701, Email: sara.kleindienst[at]


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