Postdoc position: Experimental microbial community ecology (fungi; global change)

For full consideration send in all materials by: 31.10.2106

This approx. 5-year position is offered within the ERC Advanced Grant Project „Gradual and abrupt environmental change: concurrent physiological, evolutionary and community composition shifts“. A short summary is available online:

Position description

(English) Carrying out experimental work in the ERC project. These experiments have an eco-evolutionary focus and are mainly conceptualized as microcosm experiments with saprobic soil fungi. It is planned to examine the effects of various global change factors in experiments with varying degrees of complexity; the main factor to be examined is increasing temperature. The main focus is on saprobic fungi and their communities, as well as pertinent ecosystem processes. It is additionally envisaged to carry out a garden or greenhouse experiment on these questions. The incumbent is also invited to actively contribute to concept development in questions surrounding the proposal topic.

(German) Durchführung von experimentellen Arbeiten in einem ERC Projekt; diese Experimente haben eine öko-evolutionäre Ausrichtung und sind hauptsächlich geplant als Mikrokosmenversuche mit Bodenpilzen. Dabei sind Effekte von verschiedenen Global Change Faktoren in unterschiedlicher Komplexität zu untersuchen, mit einem Fokus auf Temperatur-Erhöhung (andere Faktoren sind ebenfalls möglich). Der Schwerpunkt der Experimente und Analysen liegt auf der saprobisch-pilzlichen Lebensgemeinschaft, sowie auf entsprechenden Boden-Ökosystemfunktionen. Es ist auch erwünscht, dass konzeptionelle Beiträge zum Thema des Projektes gemacht werden, ebenso ist ein Garten-/ Feldexperiment geplant, in dem die Effekte von gradueller und abrupter Veränderung untersucht werden sollen.

We are looking for a person who brings the following to the table:

  • Interested in working in a team
  • Publications in experimental microbial community ecology, ideally with fungi (but bacteria would also be fine)
  • Experience with the logistics of experiments
  • Excellent knowledge of statistics (with R)
  • Experience with high-throughput Sequenzierung (e.g. Illumina MiSeq) and pertinent bioinformatics

Applicants must have completed Ph.D. Please send your application materials (cv, publication list, names of referees, cover letter) by 31.10.2016 as one pdf to using “ERC-experimental” in the email subject line. Start date ideally is January 2017.