> Scope: Fulltime
> Temporary: until 28.02.2025
> Remuneration: TV-L 13
> Start: from 01.03.2022

For the Institute of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics we are looking for a/an

Academic employee (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.

As a rule, full-time positions can be split.

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. The post-doc 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 fertilisation regimes affect the functional biodiversity of microbiomes along a grassland trophic chain. The post-doc’s focus will be on the functional microbiomes of animals in the trophic chain (the guts of soil-digesting invertebrates, herbivorous small mammals and pollinating insects).
At the Institute for Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics, an interactive and international team studies diverse topics in evolutionary ecology, including nature conservation genomics / EcoHealth (AG Sommer), host-parasite interactions (AG Wilfert), and pollination ecology (AG Ayasse and AG Tschapka). The project involves cooperation partners across the faculty of Biology (Prof. Schäfer, Molecular Botany; Prof. Riedel, Microbiology, Ulm University).

Your profile:

  • A relevant PhD in biology or a related field
  • Research experience in microbiome research and/or metagenomics, NGS-sequencing, preferably of invertebrates and vertebrates
  • Practical experience in field and experimental microbiome studies, ideally with insects, annelids and/or small mammals
  • Analytical skills in the analysis of microbial biodiversity, statistics and bioinformatics
  • Excellent social skills, motivation and enthusiasm for working in a team
  • Very good communication skills and excellent written and spoken English

Your responsibilities:

  • Research on microbiomes / metagenomics / antibiotic resistance of pollinator insects, earthworms and voles, coordination of field work / sampling
  • Experimental investigations in mesocosms
  • DNA extractions and NGS library preparation
  • Bioinformatics: 16S rRNA based microbiome biodiversity analyses and functional genetic analyzes of e.g. antibiotic resistance genes
  • Data processing, multivariate statistical analyses and modeling, meta-analyses if applicable
  • Presenting results at international conferences and manuscript preparation
  • Contribution to the supervision of undergraduate theses’ projects and research-based knowledge transfer

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:
Prof. Dr. Simone Sommer, phone +49 731 50-22660

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