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Ph.D. Position in Microbial Ecology

Ph.D. position in microbial ecology
Microbial Ecology Research Group
The research group Microbial Ecology is part of the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES) in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen. The group studies the adaptive strategies of prokaryotic microorganisms that allow these to survive in complex natural habitats. One of the topics focuses on the role of microbial diversity in ecosystem functioning. The research is strongly multidisciplinary and includes microbiology, ecology, molecular biology and plant physiology and ecology. The group provides a lively and internationally oriented scientific environment with excellent facilities.

Project
A major goal in general ecology is to understand the role of biodiversity in ecosystem functioning. Ecological theory predicts that ecosystems with a higher diversity of species are more productive and more stable in the face of stresses and environmental fluctuations. Amongst the different components of biodiversity, the diversity of functional traits of species in a community is considered to be the best predictor of the related ecosystem process. In this context, we recently used experimental communities of bacterial species to evaluate the role of bacterial functional diversity on community processes. Diversity had indeed a positive effect on community function and we were able to demonstrate the relevance of the complementarity of species for resource use capacity in shaping biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships. The main goal of this PhD project is to use a similar model system to address the role of bacterial diversity in respect of the stability of the communities. You will be responsible for designing experiments with bacterial communities to test theories related to the diversity-stability relationship. You will apply classical microbiological methods to determine community functioning. You will develop and apply molecular methods for the quantification of bacterial species, as well as statistical models to untangle the effects of diversity components on community stability. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the Microbial Ecology center (UMR5557, Université Lyon1) in Lyon, France.
Requirements
You have a Masters degree or equivalent degree in microbiology/ microbial ecology, with a strong background in general ecology or in ecology with interest in working with microbial model systems. Experience with the application of molecular methods in the study of the complex communities is an advantage. The project is demanding and asks for dedication as well as a creative mind. Good proficiency of the English language is required. The Ph.D. candidate is expected to attend a few courses and to assist in teaching students at different levels (10% of time).

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Additional information
For more information you may contact Dr Joana F. Salles
e-mail address: [email protected]

Additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.
• About the organization (http://www.rug.nl)
• (http://www.rug.nl/fwn/onderzoek/programmas/biologie/microbieleoecologie/index)

Conditions of employment
The university offers a salary of € 1633, to 2443,– gross (bruto) salary per month. Objective of the temporary 4 years position is to produce a number of research articles in highly ranked, peer-reviewed scientific journals, which will form the basis of the thesis leading to the granting of the Ph.D. degree (Dr.) at the University of Groningen. After the first year, there will be an evaluation as to the feasibility of successful completion of the Ph.D. thesis within the next 3 years.

Application
Letters written in English, including a personal motivation, a curriculum vitae, along with names and addresses (including telephone/fax and e-mail addresses) of three referees, are to be sent to:
Department of Microbial Ecology, University of Groningen
Biological Centre
Postbus 14
9750 AA Haren
The Netherlands

The position will be open until March, 15th.

9 comments

  1. KAzeem LAwal says:

    I studied Science Laboratory Technology (Physics/Electronics Option) fro Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Nigeria with a distinction grade.

    please can i do my MSc directly? if yes, can you give me name of schools that can offer the programe. I preffer Physics/Electronics or Electronic based course.

    Anticipating your response.

  2. Domenyo S.K. Attipoe says:

    Domenyo S.K. Attipoe is my name. I am from Ghana. I have a Higher National Diploma(H.N.D.) in Sceince Laboratory Technology. This include three major courses, that is micrbiology , aDomenyo S.K. Attipoe on Your comment is awaiting moderation. May 14th, 2009 7:00 pm Domenyo S.K. Attipoe is my name. I am from Ghana. I have a Higher National Diploma(H.N.D.) in Sceince Laboratory Technology. This include three major courses, that is micrbiology , analytical chemistry and biochemistry. My project toic was “Prevalence of plasmodium species in some secondary school students. Since then, i been working at Ghana Standards Board in Ghana as a microbiologist from 2005 to date. At the moment, i am in search of university in Netherlands(Holland) to pursue MSc/MPhil in Applied microbiology and immeniology. please help me to get a university in Netherlands(Holland)

    Looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Thank you.

    Domenyo Shepherd Kofi Attipoe.
    +233285384039

    P.O. Box NB 416, NiiBoiMan, Accra, Ghana.

  3. Domenyo S.K. Attipoe says:

    Domenyo S.K. Attipoe is my name. I am from Ghana. I have a Higher National Diploma(H.N.D.) in Sceince Laboratory Technology. This include three major courses, that is micrbiology , analytical chemistry and biochemistry. My project toic was “Prevalence of plasmodium species in some secondary school students. Since then, i been working at Ghana Standards Board in Ghana as a microbiologist from 2005 to date. At the moment, i am in search of university in Netherlands(Holland) to pursue MSc/MPhil in Applied microbiology and immeniology.

    Looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Thank you.

    Domenyo Shepherd Kofi Attipoe.
    +233285384039

    P.O. Box NB 416, NiiBoiMan, Accra, Ghana.

  4. Tesfahun Tadege says:

    I have first degree in Biology major and chemistry minor.
    Then I have 10 years of teaching experience in teaching biology at high school.
    Then after I joined government health professional school serving as a teacher and registrar head for 4 years. Next I got my second degree in applied microbiology. My dessertation thesis title was seroprevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection among dyspeptic and non dyspeptic patients in Bahir Dar. It is published at Ethiopian journal of health development . I was working at regional health research laboratory. Now I am on the way to finish BSc nursing completed theory and left only with research project work. I am now global fund consultant work with Amhara Regional State Health bureau. I have a great desire to teach and to work for my PHD on health preferably if not in microbial ecology
    Hopping to hear from you soon
    Tesfahun

  5. Addisu Assefa says:

    My name is Addisu Assefa. I hold my M.Sc from Addis Ababa University in Applied microbiology. I did my thesis work on drug senstivity patterns of uropathogens isolated from pregnant women attending antenatal clinic of Tikur Anbessa specilaized Hospital. Our work was published on Ethiopian Medical journal issue 2008. I have a keen interst on research undertaking of bacterial pathogens of humans and also on fungal pathogens of tree. If I have given a scholarship opportunity in the aforementioned areas, I will assure to perform all my efforts to maxium level. I am lookforward to hearing from you.
    Thanks
    Addisu Assefa
    P.O.B.64/1048
    Addis Ababa,Ethiopia

  6. Abraham TSegai Berhe says:

    may name is Abraham. i am from Eritrea. i have erned my first degree in soil and water conservation and my masters degree in applied soil sceince. Now i want to persue my Phd in your respected university in area of microbial ecology. So can you help me to apply for that possition? thank you for your consederation and i will expect your replay as soon as possible.

  7. Happiness says:

    I need information concerning a postgraduate degree (M.Sc) in Microbial Ecology. I am a Nigerian female with a B.Sc in Microbiology. I would really appreciate your assistance. Thanks.

  8. hailemichael shewa says:

    I have a BA degree in English, I have another BA degree in Management, and I have a master’s degree in curriculum, all from Addis Ababa University of Ethiopia. If I get fully-funded position I want to study your offer.

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