PostDoc position in Microbial Ecology

We are a research campus with a strong tradition in biosciences focused on complex ecological, evolutionary & developmental aspects of LIFE. We are looking for excellent & highly motivated candidates for a  PostDoc position in Microbial Ecology The position will be based in the Department of Ecosystem Biology of the Faculty of Science, located at the University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice. Research at the department includes independent projects as well as collaborations with the Institute of Hydrobiology, Institute of Entomology and Institute of Soil Biology of the Biologe Centre AS CR and the Třebon branch of the Institute of Botany AS CR. Our main research areas include the ecology of aquatic and soil organisms, microbial ecology and studies of processes in aquatic, wetland and soil ecosystems under anthropogenic stress. We also take part in studies and conservation of some rare and endangered plant and animal species. Area of work: Nitrifiers and methanotrophs are microbial guilds responsible for aerobic transformation of reactive nitrogen and oxidation of methane, respectively. Both processes are fundamental ecosystem functions linked to nutrient cycling and global change. We hypothesize that interactions between these two guilds substantially contribute to the modulation of process rates. However, such interactions have hardly been investigated. The project aims to expose the cause and nature of interactions between nitrifiers and methanotrophs and quantify their ecological impact. It is planned to employ a unique combination of multidisciplinary techniques, i.e. next generation sequencing, stable isotope incubations with integrated approaches of metagenomics and metatranscriptomics, single cell sorting, and metaproteomics with synthetic microbial consortia. Collectively, these approaches are poised to gather a deep understanding of the links between carbon and nitrogen cycling to eventually be able to predict and mitigate climate change and protect Earths ecosystems. The project will require (inter)national field work campaigns and research visits to foreign laboratories. What do we offer
  • The position is available from 1st January 2021 (but starting time is flexible until Spring 2021) for the duration of 1 year with a possibility of extension.
  • Full time job
  • Gross salary 46.000 CZK per month
  • Support for career development and mentoring,
  • International team and collaboration and opportunities to travel,
  • Meals allowance, full health insurance, employee benefits,
  • Administration support with relocation & settlement in the Czech Republic,
  • Work-life balance in a middle-sized university city offering options for outdoor, sport & cultural activities.
  • Doctorate degree in Microbial Ecology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or alike is required
  • Strong conceptual and practical background on the application of molecular techniques for characterizing the identity and ecophysiology of microbial community members
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas/techniques will be an advantage: microbial ecology of nitrifying or methane oxidizing microorganisms, amplicon/metagenome/metatranscriptome sequencing and the associated bioinformatics, isotope labelling of uncultivated microbes, and cultivation of chemolithoautotrophic microorganisms
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory.
We are looking for a highly motivated and independently working scientist with interest in collaborative & fundamental microbial ecology research. We welcome your application regardless of age, gender, cultural and social background, religion, ideology, disability or sexual identity. We promote equality of the sexes, therefore, women are given priority in case of equal qualifications and professional performance. We expressly welcome applications from people with a migration background. Deadline: 11th December 2020. To apply, please send an email (subject: Postdoc MiE) to Dr. Anne Daebeler, Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.  containing a detailed CV (including a brief description of research interests, previous employments, and publication list), reprints of your two most important published articles, and contact details of two references (letters of recommendation are optional). Applications should be sent as a single pdf-document. Please abstain from sending application portraits.