PhD in the Ecology and Chemistry of Cyanobacterial Toxins – Canada

The School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, Canada seeks a doctoral student to study the chemistry and ecology of microcystins in freshwater lakes. Possible areas of research include: development of methods for quantifying microcystins in biological tissues, toxic effects of microcystins on aquatic biota, and analysis of regional and global microcystin data sets.
Supervisors: Dr. Xavier Ortiz and Dr. Diane Orihel.

Deadline for applications: January 5, 2018.

See details about this position here.

Postdoctoral researcher in Limnology specialized in lake modelling in Sweden

Project:  WATexR  a Climate JPI project led by Dr Rafa Marce (ICRA, Gerona, ES)

The Department of Limnology at Uppsala University, Sweden is searching for a Post Doctoral researcher specializing in lake modeling.  The post doc will participate in three projects. Common to all projects is the use mathematical models to predict lake hydrothermal structure and lake water quality.

A full description of the position and application instructions are available at. https://uu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:178441/. The deadline for the application is 31 December 2017.

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Job for postdoctoral researcher with ecological modelling and programming skills in Ireland

Project:  WATexR  a Climate JPI project led by Dr Rafa Marce (ICRA, Gerona, ES)

Position location: Marine Institute, Burrishoole, Newport, Co. Mayo working with Dr Elvira de Eyto.

Summary of the Role:

The Marine Institute, in collaboration with Dundalk Institute of Technology (project partners), wishes to recruit a post-doctoral researcher with modelling and programming skills for a period of up to 34 months, who will have a central role in implementing the WATexR research project along with the international project team.  The researcher will be primarily based in the Marine Institute facility at Newport, Co. Mayo, Ireland reporting to Dr Elvira de Eyto and also working with Dr Eleanor Jennings (DkIt, IE).

A full description of the job can be downloaded here.

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PhD position: Predicting the contribution of natural toxins to chemical mixtures in drinking water sources – NaToxAq, Fera Science Ltd., UK

NaToxAq is a multidisciplinary European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 722493 and comprises 21 leading universities, research institutions/agencies, and water enterprises in 7 European countries, which aim to expand insight on natural toxin identity, analysis, fate, dissipation, removal during water treatment, health effects, and risk assessment under the impact of climate change, to ensure safe and healthy waters for European consumers. Further information on the NaToxAq project and consortium partners can be found at: www.natoxaq.eu.

Fera Science Ltd. (Fera) and the NaToxAq Marie-Curie Initial Training Network offers an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position (PhD Student) – Topic: Natural Toxins and Drinking Water Quality – From Source to Tap.

The closing date for applications is 05 December 2017.

Details about this position can be found here.

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Doctoral Researcher (m/f) Exploring the Role of Light in Microalgal-Pathogen Interactions – Germany

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University, the University Hospital Jena and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are offering an international graduate training programme. The International Leibniz Research School (ILRS Jena) gives doctoral researchers the possibility to prepare for their PhD exam in an ambitious program providing excellent research conditions.

Details for this position in the Euraxess page.

PhD Student: Fluorometry for Rapid Eutrophication Status and Cyanobacteria Assessment (FRESCA)-UK

This PhD research will include laboratory and field experiments and numerical simulations to support the interpretation of the fluorescence signals from mixed phytoplankton communities. You will work with bio-optics experts at the Plymouth Marine laboratory, where you will be based. You will join field campaigns in the UK and abroad with the LOCHS group of the University of Stirling, where you will also be registered for your PhD studies. This work will feed into the design of prototype sensors developed by industrial partner Chelsea Technologies Group. You will test these prototypes and be involved in the fine – tuning of the design. You will spend a period of three months working alongside the instrument developers and scientists of CTG.
See details for of this PhD studentship here.

Scientist/curator for coordinating and developing R&D activities and management of the cyanobacteria collection – Belgium

The ULC collection is one of 7 decentralized biological resource centers integrated within the Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM) (http://bccm.belspo.be/). The consortium with complementary expertise offers high quality microbial and genetic
resources as well as a broad-ranging service portfolio and scientific expertise for industry and academia. BCCM runs a multi-site ISO 9001 quality management system. The ULC collection is specialised in cyanobacteria (http://bccm.belspo.be/about-us/bccm-ulc).

There is an open position for a Scientist/curator for coordinating and
developing R&D activities and management of the cyanobacteria collection.

All applications must be received no later than 07/09/2017 at 23:59 (CET) at
awilmotte@ulg.ac.be

Download details for this position here.

For more information, you can contact Dr Annick Wilmotte in the e-mail above.

 

 

 

 

PostDoc position : Microalgae cultivation and processing (Zurich, Switzerland)

The ETH Sustainable Food Processing group uses a combination of emerging food safety approaches, microalgae processing and life cycle sustainability assessment to target fundamental challenges in food science and society such as food security.
They are recruiting by mutual agreement a PostDoc – Microalgae cultivation and processing.
They are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work in a collaborative project with an international food company that aims at developing targeted algae cultivation and processing of certain green algae species. Of particular interest are innovative process applications based on advanced cell stress induction, disintegration, separation, conversion and stabilisation techniques. The aligned analysis of the structural changes during up- and downstream is key for an optimised food concept development.
See more details details in the Euraxess page for this position.

Two summer jobs in genetic engineering and RNA sequencing of cyanobacteria, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Biotechnology offers a curriculum that reflects the multidisciplinary nature of Biotechnology, integrating theoretical and applied science in undergraduate and graduate courses. The school has six departments with about 300 employees, located at AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm and Science for Life Laboratory in Solna. The Biotechnology research within the school is internationally well recognized.

Two summer job positions are offered by KTH:

  1. Genetic engineering of cyanobacteria: The applicant will perform molecular cloning of expression vectors in cyanobacteria. Applicant will perform CRISPR/Cas-based gene editing in cyanobacteria. Applicant will characterize mutant strains using bioreactor cultivation.

See the Euraxess page for info about this job.

2. RNA sequencing of cyanobacteria: The applicant will perform cultivation, RNA extraction, and RNA sequencing of cyanobacteria strains. The applicant will perform analysis of RNA sequencing data.

See the Euraxess page for info about this job.

Deadline for applications: 30 May 2017

 

 

Two PhD students are recruited to work in the BRAIN-BE project MICROBIAN at the Universities of Ghent and Liège, Belgium – including field campaigns in the Antarctic !

Project In the BelSPO funded MICROBIAN project (Microbiome diversity and function in the Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica), coordinated by the Laboratory of Protistology and Aquatic Ecology, remote sensing analysis of soil crusts in a high latitude cold desert will be combined with field experiments and metagenomics studies to map their spatial distribution, community composition and metabolic capabilities. In addition, phylogenetic and physiological studies will be conducted on newly isolated bacteria and cyanobacteria, known to be present and highly abundant in the region from previous metagenomics analyses.

Your tasks will be organized to design two complementary theses:

  1. Participation to field campaigns to the Antarctic. The first campaign is planned for Dec. 2017 – Jan. 2018 and includes sample collection for DNA and RNA analyses, mapping of soil crusts using drones and in situ measurements (i.a. PAM fluorometry), setting up and maintaining of field experiments.
  2. Library preparation for amplicon and shotgun based metagenomics and subsequent bioinformatics data analysis.
  3. Isolation, cultivation, phenotyping and genotyping of Polar microorganisms using a range of growth conditions.
  4. Analysis and interpretation of remote sensing data and georeferencing and mapping of sampling locations.

Deadline for applications is 28 May 2017.

Visit the Euraxess webpage of this job offer for more information.