PhD position (m/f) in Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ • Leipzig

PhD position (m/f) in Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ • Leipzig

Open Positions1
Time Spanas soon as possible for 3 years
Application Deadline30 Nov 2018
Type of PositionPhD – Individual Supervisor
Field of ResearchMathematics / Natural Sciences
SubjectsProteomics/ Ecophysiology
DescriptionThe Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

Within a “Helmholtz-RSF Joint Research Group” comprising the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) together with Leipzig University and Coburg University of Applied Sciences, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and Irkutsk State University (ISU) the Department of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) is offering a

PhD position (m/f)

Subject: proteomics/ ecophysiology
earliest start: 01.02.2019, limited to 3 years

Your tasks:
The PhD project will be performed within the project entitled „Biological effects of global warming on cold-adapted endemic amphipods of Lake Baikal (LabEglo 2)” and will address questions concerning the effects of climate change on Lake Baikal organisms. Lake Baikal is the world´s largest freshwater lake and habitat for unique and mostly endemic species. The dissertation project will deal with questions regarding the life at the very low water temperatures of Lake Baikal. The focus of the dissertation will be on the molecular analysis of stress adaptation mechanisms in different amphipod species using proteomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics. The proteomics experiments and data analyses will be performed in close collaboration with the other project partners working on physiology (AWI) and biochemistry (ISU) aspects. Lake Baikal animals will be sampled in the field and experimentally exposed to different conditions in the lab in Irkutsk.

We offer:
– Top level interdisciplinary research at a research centre which enjoys an excellent reputation within Germany as well as internationally
– Excellent technical facilities
– Work in inter-disciplinary and multinational teams
– Excellent links to national and international research networks
– Support and optimal training courses by our graduate school (HIGRADE)
– Remuneration in accordance with TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 (65%)

Please upload your application including a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, certificates and contact of at least 2 Referees at:

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy; we therefore particularly welcome applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons are given priority where applicants are equally qualified.

Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:
Dr. Till Luckenbach,

RequirementsYour profile:
Applicants for the position should:
– hold a degree equivalent to a master´s/diploma in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, bioinformatics, or related fields
– be highly motivated, team-oriented and have a strong interest in ecophysiological questions, proteomics, transcriptomics as well as in high-throughput data analysis, integration and bioinformatics
– have first experiences in protein analysis, chromatography, mass spectrometry
– be willing to perform field and lab work at Lake Baikal
– have excellent skills in written and spoken English.
Working LanguageEnglishGerman
Language of DissertationEnglish
Required DocumentsCVReports, certificatesLetter of MotivationOthers : contact of at least 2 referees
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Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig 

Phone: 0341 235 1619

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