> Scope: Part-time 65%
> Temporary: until 28.02.2025
> Remuneration: TV-L 13
> Start: from 01.03.2022

For the Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology we are looking for a/an

PhD Student (m/f/d)
Ecosystem-Microbiome Research

Ulm University with its more than 10,000 students offers varied professional tasks in a highly innovative research, teaching and work environment, at the same time facilitating the reconciliation of work and family in many ways.

We seek to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and particularly encourages qualified female scientists to apply for this position.

Severely disabled applicants with equal aptitude will be given preferential

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with above-average qualifications, enthusiasm and research experience. This position (3 years) is part of the project IMPALA, funded by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation’s microbiome program (Profs Simone Sommer, Lena Wilfert, Christian Riedel, Patrick Schäfer). In an interdisciplinary team consisting of a post-doc and two PhD students, the project examines how different fertilization regimes affect the functional biodiversity of microbiomes along a grassland trophic chain. The focus of the position for the PhD student in the group of Prof Riedel will be the analysis of sequencing data of microbiomes in the rhizosphere and the gut of soil-dwelling invertebrates, herbivorous vertebrates, and pollinator insects for identification of gene clusters for (novel) antimicrobial peptides. At the Institute for Microbiology and Biotechnology you will be working in an interactive and international team working on identification and biotechnological production of antimicrobial peptides. The project involves cooperation partners across the Department of Biology (Prof. Sommer and Prof. Wilfert, Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics; Prof. Schäfer, Molecular Botany).

Your profile:

  • MSc degree in biology or a related field with a thesis topic related to microbiome, metagenome and/or antimicrobial peptide research
  • solid scientific education in microbiology and ecology
  • experience in analysis of sequencing data to assess microbial diversity, statistics and bioinformatics are an asset
  • analytical skills in the analysis of microbial biodiversity, statistics and bioinformatics
  • excellent social skills, motivation and enthusiasm for teamwork
  • very good communication skills and excellent written and spoken English
  • desire to obtain a PhD degree

Your responsibilities:

  • research on prevalence of gene clusters for antimicrobial peptides in metagenomic data sets
  • DNA extraction and NGS library preparation
  • bioinformatics: 16S rRNA-based microbiome analysis
  • functional genome analysis e.g. for bacteriocin and antibiotic resistance gene clusters
  • experimental laboratory work
  • presenting results at international conferences and manuscript preparation
  • contribution to supervision of undergraduate theses projects and research-based knowledge transfer
  • own scientific qualification (PhD degree)

Seize the opportunity and join us in shaping the future of the University!

Hiring is done by the Central University Administration.

Your contact for further information:
PD Dr. Christian Riedel, phone +49 731 50-24853

We look forward to your application via our online application portal.
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