Postdoc in Microbiology of Anaerobic Methane Oxidation in Aquatic Systems

The main research objectives of this post-doctoral position include the cultivation and community analysis of key anaerobic methane oxidizers from diverse aquatic systems

The Department of Biology at the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a position as postdoc in microbial ecology. The position is available from 1 January 2019 and is offered for two years with the possibility for extension. Application deadline: 12 October 2018.

The position is associated with the project NOVAMOX (Novel Niches of Anaerobic Methane Oxidation and their Biogeochemical Significance) funded by the European Research Council. The project explores the biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of methane consumption in anoxic freshwater systems and oceanic oxygen minimum zones, environments where such processes to date were largely ignored. The aim is to quantify the kinetics and dynamics of anaerobic methane oxidation in these overlooked niches, and thereby determine the extent to which this process acts as a filter for methane, thus attenuating emission of this strong greenhouse gas.

Main research objectives of this position include the cultivation and community analysis of key anaerobic methane oxidizers from diverse aquatic systems. Techniques may include batch and continuous culturing, qPCR, next generation sequencing, and bioinformatic and functional analysis of bacterial / archaeal communities. This can be combined with biogeochemical rate and concentration measurements. Hence, we seek a candidate with a background in environmental microbial or molecular biology, or related fields, and with experience in and aptitude for cultivation.

The selected candidate will work closely together with the NOVAMOX team and other colleagues at the Department of Biology.

This position is subject to the entry into force of grant agreement no 695599 by and between European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) and the University of Southern Denmark and thereby funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

For further information please contact Bo Thamdrup, tlf: 6550 2477.

Application, salary etc.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The application must include the following:
• A curriculum vitae including information on previous employment.
• A full list of publications stating the scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely. 

To qualify you must have passed a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be assessed by an expert assessor/committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

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Location: University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark