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Hydrocarbon metabolism in Archaea

Schlossplatz 19, 76131Karlsruhe, Germany

Application deadline :  March 31, 2021


Type of job opening :PhD

Subject Area(s) :Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Marine Biology

Job Description

In this project we will study microbial key players in subsurface environments – members of the domain Archaea that can consume methane or other natural oil and gas constituents under anoxic conditions. Many of those taxes cooperate with sulfate-reducing bacteria that carry out hydrocarbon degradation. The successful applicant gets to work with natural enrichments of these enigmatic microbes and can apply a variety of molecular methods and biogeochemical approaches to identify relevant environmental processes in microbial hydrocarbon metabolism. There are several novel biomolecules to discover that are produced exclusively by this group of microorganisms.

Keywords: Anaerobic oxidation of methane, carbon metabolism, alkanes, methanogenesis, Archaea

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Desired Qualifications

Entry requirements: 

The applicants need an MSc. Degree (or equivalent) in biological sciences or related fields. Skills and interests in microbiology, molecular biology/Bioinformatics, and biochemistry is important. The applicant should be willing to join ship-based research expeditions and work in an interdisciplinary team at MPI Bremen and partner institutions.

How to Apply

Apply until March 31st, 2021 via the HFA application portal.

The Hector Fellows will arrange interviews (via Skype or if feasible in-person) with the most promising applicants. The final candidates will be invited for a personal presentation on July 8, 2021, in Bremen (Germany). The final decisions will be announced by August 2021.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Hector Fellow, Academy Office: application@hector-fellow-academy.de or www.hector-fellow-academy.de

Location: Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology                     
Starting date: September 2021                                        
Funding: limited to 3 years