Doctoral researcher in Microbiology/Virology
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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. ufz12/2017)

at the Group Microbial Systems Ecology, Department of Environmental Microbiology,

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Phages as Vectors and Indicators of Biological Information:

Subproject Phage-Host Interactions, Natural Infection Networks, and Viromics

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. More specifically, we will address if transported viruses result in changes of distant bacterial communities and their functions and if natural chemical compounds stimulate bacterial activity and consequently trigger virus production. The PhD student will run cross-infection and induction lab experiments using assembled phage-host pairs as well as field samples comprising the naturally occurring viruses and bacteria. Qualitative and quantitative analyses will include phage isolation and TEM, induction assays, viral tagging, viromics, and Illumina-based 16S rRNA gene analyses of bacterial communities.

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Name: Helmholtz Centre - UFZ