Postdoctoral Position in the Role of Anaerobic Bacteria and Archaea in Biogeochemical Cycles

The Biology Centre CAS is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to investigate the roles anaerobic bacteria and archaea in biogeochemical cycles and their survival mechanisms in upland soils, within the framework of the Soil Water Interaction Research Infrastructure (SoWa RI).

Full-time position

Salary: from 30k to 40k CZK/month (gross) depending on academic degree and professional experience

About the position
The National Research Infrastructure SoWa (Soil and Water) is seeking a postdoctoral investigator to conduct research in anaerobic microbiology under the supervision of Dr. Roey Angel. This position is well suited for a microbiologist with a PhD in environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, or related disciplines. In addition to demonstrating strong laboratory skills and relevant publication record, candidates experienced in working with anaerobic samples and cultures and/or in analysing (meta)genomes will be favoured. Previous experience with soil analysis and microbial cultivation is also preferred. Good oral and written communication skills are required. Effective time management and good interpersonal skills are essential attributes of the successful candidate for this position, in addition to technical expertise.

About the employer
SoWa is a newly established part of the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, whose research predominantly addresses ecological topics. The research involves collaboration across disciplines, the use of diverse methodological approaches (molecular biology, genetics, taxonomy, field ecology, mathematical modelling, etc.), and a combination of analytical and holistic approaches to problem solving. Core facilities with shared equipment support all of the Centre’s scientific institutes. SoWa will primarily support research aimed at understanding the key physico-chemical and biological processes responsible for providing ecosystem services, nutrient cycling (particularly nitrogen and phosphorus) with emphasis on organic matter decomposition, water runoff, water purification etc. The main focus will be on ecosystems under heavy anthropogenic pressure.

Further particulars
Start date (as early as January 2018) is negotiable. The position is available until the end of 2019 and may be further extended based on the applicant’s performance and funding opportunities. The salary is highly competitive in local standards. Ceske Budejovice is a medium-sized town ca. 150 km south of Prague with 100,000 inhabitants, a relaxed atmosphere, and a growing community of foreign scientists at the University and the Biology Centre. Three faculties and five research institutes dealing with aquatic and terrestrial biota are located on the same campus, allowing easy access to other researchers and resources. Both the town and the surrounding countryside provide numerous opportunities for research and leisure activities. Living costs are low by international standards. Courses of Czech language are provided for foreign staff to reach a basic level of proficiency in everyday situations.

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Roey Angel

Applicants should submit a complete professional CV (including a list of publications), a statement of interest and motivation for the position, and the names and contact information of two professional references, via email with subject: SoWa-SIB-Postdoc to Preference will be given to applications received by January 2017

Application deadline: Flexible
Start date: Open until filled
Location: Soil Water Interaction Research Infrastructure, Biology Centre CAS, České Budějovice, Czechia