PhD Studentship Position in Microbial Ecology: Ecology of Aquatic Fungi, 2017

The project is studying ecology and environmental role of fungi in the boreal and arctic region with emphasis in aquatic environments. Climate change is increasing the carbon loads to surface waters through the northern hemisphere with unknown impacts to the lake ecology and carbon cycling. One of the main groups starting the decomposition of organic matter are the fungi. The main focus of this project is to study the contributions of fungi to the processing of terrestrial organic matter arriving to the surface waters from surrounding vegetation and, in the arctic region, also from the melting permafrost. The methodology is combining experimental work with molecular methods, especially metagenomics sequencing. The project includes collaborations with researcher within the department and internationally.

Qualifications:

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with a MSc degree in biology, ecology, environmental sciences or a related field. Experience in laboratory work is considered a merit. Either existing bioinformatics skills or aptitude to learn bioinformatics of genomic data is expected. Personal qualities, such as ability to work independently as well as in a team are highly valued. Good skills in written and spoken English are required. The applicant is expected to provide a motivation letter, CV, certified copies of degree certificates and a list of at least two personal references and their full contact information.

Application deadline is February 14, 2017.

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