Deep molecular characterization of eukaryotic microorganisms´ diversity and community composition in forest soils and the canopy region across biomes using a multiple barcoding approach – micDiv
Soil protists occupy key nodes in terrestrial food webs due to their high abundance, fast turnover and functional importance as microbial grazers. However, methodological drawbacks in both culturing and molecular methods still strongly limit the knowledge of protist diversity, so that large groups remain virtually unknown. Accordingly, the structure of natural protist communities and taxa-specific ecological functions are largely unknown. We will use advanced cultivation-independent high throughput sequencing methods using group-specific primers and reverse rRNAtranscriptomics for a comprehensive assessment of protist diversity across all ecological compartments from forest soils (litter layer, mineral soil) to the canopy region (bark, leaves, dead wood, branch forks, knotholes, epiphytes) in a temperate and tropical biome.
The PhD-projects are part of the DFG-Priority Programme ”Taxon-Omics: New Approaches for Discovering and Naming Biodiversity“ (SPP 1991).
Applications are accepted until 31. October 2017 and should include a cover letter describing motivations, research interest, relevant background and experience; curriculum vitae in tabular form; one letter of recommendation; address of two referees; copies of certificates (Bachelor, Master, Diploma). Applicants should indicate which of the two positions (Cologne or Leipzig) they apply for.
The University of Cologne and Leipzig University are equal opportunity employers.
Please send your application to:
University of Cologne
Institute of Zoology
Professor Dr. Michael Bonkowski
Zülpicher Str 47b 50674
Köln University of Leipzig
Institute of Biology
Professor Dr. Martin Schlegel
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