Doctoral researcher position in Virology/Microbial Ecology
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Post Date: Jun 13, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Degree Requirement: Bachelors
Years Experience: Entry Level
Location: Germany - Jena or Leipzig
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The Collaborative Research Center SFB 1076 “AquaDiva - Understanding the Links between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere” is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). AquaDiva is an ambitious research center with more than 70 researchers and Institutes at four faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and three non-university research institutes in Jena or Leipzig. The integrated Research Training Group AquaDiva is educating doctoral researchers in a structured, interdisciplinary training program. AquaDiva combines different research areas, such as ecology, microbiology, hydrogeology, soil science, geomorphology, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, chemistry, and information science, to a comprehensive picture of subsurface research (

The Integrated Research Training Group AquaDiva invites applications for a

Doctoral Researcher Position (m/f; Ref. No. ufz11/2017)

at the Bioavailability Group, Department of Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Phages as Vectors and Indicators of Biological Information:

Subproject Phage Transport and Phage-Mycosphere Interactions

This subproject is part of a twin project, which aims to study the consequences of viral (phage) transport processes for virus-host interactions, bacterial communities, and functions in the subsurface. It will (i) quantify the effectiveness of marine phages as tracers for hydraulic flow at lab and field conditions, (ii) study the effects of phage transport on cross-infections of distant hosts, and (iii) elucidate effects of nutrient-rich fungal mycelia on prophage induction, phage propagation, and transport. The PhD student will perform lab and field experiments. Analyses will include pfu and physical phage enumeration, TEM, chemical microscopy, or dynamic light scattering.

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Name: Helmholtz Centre - UFZ