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a scientist - Microbial Ecology and Soil Microbiology/Prokaryotes (m/f/d)

The Institutes of Biodiversity and of Farm Economics at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, in Braunschweig is seeking as soon as possible

a scientist – Microbial Ecology and Soil Microbiology/Prokaryotes (m/f/d)

with expertise in microbial ecology and interest for research on soil prokaryotic diversity and microbial indicators as doctoral candidate for conducting research in context of the project Monitoring biodiversity in agricultural landscapes (MonViA), with 65% of the regular weekly working hours (currently corresponding to 25.35 h per week). In addition to the employment relationship, there is the opportunity for further academic qualification, in particular to work on a dissertation. The own work results achieved in the project can be used for the promotion. The Technical University of Braunschweig may be considered for the doctorate. The position is limited to a three (3) year employment in compliance with § 2 (1) S. 1 Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.

The Thünen Institute is a German research institution linked to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The Thünen Institute pursues research for safeguarding and sustainably using natural resources and providing results for political decision-making. The Institute of Biodiversity investigates biological processes in agro-ecosystems. The position is within the working group "Microbiology and Molecular Ecology” headed by Prof. Christoph Tebbe.

Soil prokaryotes are important constituents of the soil microbiome. They are highly abundant and diverse. Their metabolic activity fuels chemical transformations in soil and thereby provides important ecosystem functions. However, there is still no comprehensive understanding how severely their abundance, diversity and activities are affected by agricultural management and changing environmental conditions. Politics ask whether microbiomes need to be taken into consideration at all for monitoring the status of agricultural soils, and, if yes, which indicators would be most appropriate for future national scale soil surveys. Modern soil nucleic acid analyses have a tremendous potential to provide a new quality of data characterizing the structural and functional diversity of soil bacteria and archaea, elucidate previously hidden interactions and characterize their response to a changing environment, as e.g. triggered by land-use or climate change. Bioinformatic analyses of DNA and RNA-data provide important information for understanding soil microbial diversity with a potential to promote their beneficial and inhibit their undesired activities in an environmentally friendly agriculture.

The position includes the following tasks:

  • Analyses of the prokaryotic microbiome from archived soil samples collected by the German agricultural soil survey (BZE-LW) utilizing qPCR and PCR or RT-PCR amplicon DNA sequencing
  • Analyses of the impact of spatial and temporal scales, soil storage and soil sampling conditions as well as laboratory soil processing on assessing the abundance and diversity of soil bacterial and archaeal communities. Comparison of DNA and RNA based methods
  • Bioinformatic and statistical analyses to characterize the alpha- and beta-diversity of bacterial and archaeal communities for soil samples
  • Identification of microbial indicators or indices for the condition of soils and for biotic and abiotic interactions, utilizing multivariate statistical methods and network analyses
  • Preparation of reports and presentations of the MonViA project and own results at internal and external meetings as well as national or international conferences
  • Preparation of manuscripts for the publication of own research results in peer-reviewed international journals

Required qualifications:

  • A university degree (Diploma, M.Sc.) which allows entering a PhD program in the fields of biology, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences or similar disciplines
  • Great interest and motivation to contribute to the interdisciplinary field of agricultural ecology
  • Good knowledge of molecular ecology and soil microbiology
  • Familiarity with the use of bioinformatic methods for the analysis of DNA sequences from high-throughput PCR amplicon sequencing is desired
  • Knowledge of statistical data analysis using R is desirable
  • Independent working ability, high organizational talent, strong cooperation capacity
  • Very good communication skills
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English

We offer the opportunity to work in an active and stimulating research environment on socially highly relevant issues at the interface between science and practice, and to make use of contacts with national research institutions. Because the professional and personal development of our employees is important to us, we offer a family-friendly work environment, flexible working time models and comprehensive offers of professional training and further education.

The employment is within the context of the regulation of the collective agreement for the civil service (TVöD). Compensation will be according to salary group 13 TVöD.

The Thünen Institute promotes the professional equality of women and men and is thus especially interested in applications from women.

People with disabilities are given special consideration if they are equally qualified; from them only minimal physical aptitude is required.

For further information you may contact Prof. Dr. Christoph Tebbe (phone +49 531-596-2553; The interviews for this position are expected to take place between the May 11th and 15th, 2020. Please note that, owing the current situation with the Corona virus, the interviews may exclusively be conducted via Internet (e.g. Skype), but, if no official restrictions apply, selected candidates are welcome to visit the Institute and meet with its employers.

Applications with a curriculum vitae in tabular form, presentation of training and professional development, addresses for two references as well as copies of certificates should be submitted combined into a single (!) pdf-file to until 05.05.2020, quoting code number 2020-074-BD , addressed to the

 Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut
Institut für Biodiversität
Bundesallee 65, 38116 Braunschweig


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