The position focuses on the vector function of microplastics for microorganisms within the frame of the BONUS project MICROPOLL (‘Multilevel assessment of microplastics and associated pollutants in the Baltic Sea’). The interdisciplinary and international project explores sources, sinks, and the ecological impact of microplastics in the Baltic Sea. The advertised position will investigate the role and function of microplastic biofilms using standard microbiological methods, high-throughput sequencing (amplicon and ‘omics’ based), quantitative PCR, and potentially microscopic methods (SEM, FISH). The candidate will process biofilm samples in the laboratory and subsequently perform bioinformatical and statistical analyses of sequence data. Part of the position will also be the autonomous organisation and set-up of lab and field experiments, assistance with research cruises, and supervision of students. It is expected that the candidate regularly publishes in scientific journals and presents the project results on scientific conferences. The interdisciplinary project character requires flexibility and willingness to work as part of a team.
The Department Biological Oceanography of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) is offering a full-time (40 hrs/week) position as Postdoctoral Researcher, starting on the 1st of April 2018. The employment is temporary for 27 months.