PhD Position on the Ecology of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea

Nordcee at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, is looking for a highly motivated and curiosity-driven PhD student with interest in the microbial ecology of key players in global element cycling.

The successful candidate will join a team of scientists studying the ecophysiology and ecology of ammonia-oxidizing archaea in oxygen limited environments. Ammonia-oxidizing archaea are key players in the nitrogen cycle of the world’s oceans. They are frequently found in oxygen-depleted environments like marine oxygen-minimum zones or sediments though they are thought to have a strictly aerobic physiology.
This PhD project’s aim is to investigate the role of ammonia-oxidizing archaea in such habitats by combining molecular ecology (comparative genomics and gene expression analyses) with rate measurements using e.g. stable isotopes.

Required qualifications: Applicants should hold an MSc degree in (environmental) microbiology, microbial ecology, biology, environmental sciences or related fields. They should have working experience in molecular techniques. Experience in metagenome and/or transcriptome analyses is of advantage. Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory.

The starting date of the position is flexible within autumn/winter 2020. Application deadline: 15 August 2020.
For further information please contact Beate Kraft, e-mail:

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Application deadline:
Start date: Flexible
Location: University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark