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PhD student position for a Microbiologist in Germany

 PhD student position for a Microbiologist (MSc or equivalent), DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine

The Department of Radiation Biology in the DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Köln-Porz is offering a

PhD student position for a Microbiologist (MSc or equivalent).

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The position will be funded by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF) through the Research Alliance ‘Planetary Evolution and Life’. The Alliance is led and managed by the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR e.V.), in Berlin.

The position will be available from April 1, 2008. The PhD position in the newly established Research Alliance refers to the topic ‘Physics and Biology of Interfacial Water’. Studies on the molecular and cellular effects of ionizing radiation, of desiccation, of radiation protection by shielding materials like Mars analogue materials and on the adaptability of extremophiles to hostile environmental conditions are the basis for the planned investigation of the capability of terrestrial model microorganisms to survive in a considerably different environment like the surface and subsurface of Mars. Special emphasis will be laid on the availability and the degree of utilization of interfacial water in connection with different mineral phases.

We are looking for an innovative personality with experience in classically microbial methods and molecular tools for qualifying and quantifying microorganisms / communities in pure cultures and soil samples. Furthermore, she/he should be interested in the biochemistry of microorganisms and their mineral-biotic interactions in extreme environments. This work is to be performed at DLR in Köln-Porz in close cooperation with several colleagues in Germany (Berlin, Cologne, and Duisburg). Proficiency in writing/spoken English is mandatory. PhD students will be requested to communicate with leading scientists and related groups world wide as a part of the job.

To apply for the position, please send a letter of motivation along with a CV and two academic references to

Dr. Petra Rettberg (DLR, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Radiation Biology Division, Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln, Germany, [email protected]).

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5 comments

  1. zohreh tavaf langeroudi on june 27th 2008 6:35 am says:

    I have a Master degree on microbiology and I’m looking for a Ph.D on microbiology /genetics/celular biology / biothecnology / Toxicology or immuonology .

  2. Muluye Teka says:

    Dear sir? madam

    I have a masters degree in applied microboiology from Adss Ababa university,Ethiopia.withCA GPA 3.58/4.00) Now Iam working in Debremarkos university college as a teacher. and I Am looking for apH D scholarship in microbioloy/molecular genetics/ biotechnology /or any othjer related fied
    would you help me in finding such a free scholarship? Hoping a good res[ponse ,thanks in advance

    sincerly yours,

  3. Syed badkhshan majid says:

    Dear sir/mam,
    i have complited master degree in medical microbiology,and i want to do phd in related field. I m interested in scholarship programe.please assist me.looking forward to here from u.

  4. asnake says:

    Dear Sir / Madam
    I am Asnake from Ethiopia, I have M.Sc degree from Addis Ababa University Faculty of Science in Applied MIcrobiology. I did MY M.Sc thesis on the “Evaluation of Probiotic properties of lactic acid bacteria isolated from Ethiopian Fermented Foods.”. Currently, I am a lecturer at Addis Ababa University. I have the know how to deal with microorganisms. If I will be one of the candidates that will get the chance to peruse PhD in Microbiology and Biotechnology, I am sure that you will find me fit.
    Thank you in advance
    Please inform me by :
    [email protected]

  5. S. Hevin Samuel says:

    Dear sir/madam,
    myself s. hevin samuel completed my MSc microbiology from madurai kamaraj university, madurai, India. presently iam working as a quality controller. iam interested in doing my PHd in related field, please assist me in getting a scholarship programme.

    please reply

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