For the Institute of Molecular Botany 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.
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 PhD 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 PhD’s focus in the Schäfer lab will be on the functional analyses of plant root and flower microbiomes in interaction with animals.
At the Institute of Molecular Botany, we are an interactive and international team that has established international collaborations in the field of functional microbiomics to investigate the effect of beneficial symbionts on nutrient supply (with groups from the University of Warwick, UK) and resistance to climate stress (with groups from the University of Colima, Mexico) in plants. All IMPALA-project partners study at the University of Ulm (Profs. Sommer and Wilfert, Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics, as well as Prof. Riedel, Microbiology).
- University degree in biology or
a comparable discipline
Research experience in the field of
microbiome and/or metagenomics
Preferably, experience in experimental work
Solid basic training in the area of plant
ecology and/or microbiology
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
Research on microbiomes and metagenomes
of plant roots and flowers
Experimental investigations in mesocosms
DNA extractions and preparation of
Bioinformatics: 16S rRNA based microbiome
biodiversity analyses and functional genetic
Data processing, multivariate statistical
analyses and modeling, meta-analyses if
Presenting results at international
conferences and preparation of publications
in renowned international journals
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. Patrick Schäfer, phone +49 731 50-22614
We look forward to your application via our online application portal.