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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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.

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.

Innovative researcher (PhD) to develop a statistical cyanobacteria bloom model – Wageningen, The Netherlands

Water Insight B.V. is looking for a highly skilled professional to develop a statistical model forecasting potentially harmful cyanobacteria blooms.

Do you have a PhD in optical remote sensing, or in aquatic ecology? Do you have proven skills in statistical modelling, and an interest in cyanobacteria growth and optical remote sensing of water quality? We have a nice opportunity for you!

You will get the chance to work abroad for one year in a very innovative commercial environment, develop yourself in business innovation and with a tailored training program, and meanwhile work on a model to forecast potentially harmful blooms in lakes.

Application deadline : 30/04/2017, 12:00 (Brussels)

See the Job Description in the Euraxess website.

PhD position with ICRA, Spain

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate for the development of chemometric tools for the detection of different compounds in waters matrices, including underground water, drinking water and wastewater. The PhD is in the framework of the Industrial Doctorates Plan co-funded by the Catalan Government. It will be carried out in a collaboration between the company, s::can Iberia Sistemas de Medición S.L.U (part of the s::can group http://www.s-can.at/) and a research centre ICRA, Catalan Institute for Water Research, http://www.icra.cat . This is an excellent opportunity to join a highly innovative environment that combines the academic supervision of the thesis with the mentoring of the company s::can Iberia as part of an employment contract. The position is for three years. The academic supervisors are Dr Oriol Gutierrez and Dr Wolfgang Gernjak (both ICRA) and the industry supervisor is Dr Jordi Raich (s::can Iberia Sistemas de Medición S.L.U.).

More information about the Industrial Doctorate Plan here: http://doctoratsindustrials.gencat.cat/en/pages/home

More information and applications here: http://www.icra.cat/ofertes/position-industrial-doctorate/71

This info was shared by E. Jennings, NETLAKE.

Like scuba diving and sponge biology ? Three PhD candidates in sponge biology / coral reef ecology at UvA

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics is looking for 3 excellent PhD candidates in sponge biology / coral reef ecology to join our team.

EU ERC Starting Grant: SPONGE ENGINE — Fast and efficient sponge engines drive and modulate the food web of reef ecosystems

Coral reefs are iconic examples of biological hotspots, highly appreciated because of their ecosystem services. Yet, they are threatened by human impact and climate change, highlighting the need to develop tools and strategies to curtail changes in these ecosystems. Remarkably, ever since Darwin’s descriptions of coral reefs, it has been a mystery how one of Earth’s most productive and diverse ecosystems thrives in oligotrophic seas, as an oasis in a marine desert. Our team recently discovered the ‘sponge loop’ pathway (De Goeij et al. Science 2013) that efficiently retains and transfers energy and nutrients on the reef. We recognized sponges as potential (and so far neglected) key ecosystem drivers, and accumulated evidence on sponge loops in other ecosystems, such as deep-sea coral reefs. As a result, current reef food web models, lacking sponge-driven resource cycling, are incomplete and need to be redeveloped. However, mechanisms that determine the capacity of sponge ‘engines’, how they are fuelled, and drive communities are unknown.

The aim of this ERC project is to systematically establish the novel reef food web framework, integrating sponges as key ecosystem drivers. To this end, sponges will be evaluated on functional traits (morphology, associated microbes, pumping rate) in the processing of dissolved food, the main fuel of the engine. At the community level, we will assess to what extent these different traits are a driving force in structuring reef ecosystems, from fuel input (primary producers) to engine output (driving and modulating the consumer food web). This framework derived from a Caribbean reef ecosystem will then be implemented in a sponge-driven food web model, a much-needed foundation to test and predict future scenarios of changes in reef communities. Ultimately, we will test and generalize the novel food web framework at a tropical Indo-Pacific, a temperate Mediterranean, and a cold-water North-Atlantic reef.

See details for those positions in the Euraxess page.

 

PhD student position in Czech Republic- Trichodesmium

The Department of Plant Biophysics and Biochemistry (PBB, headed by Prof. Hendrik Küpper) as part of the Institute of Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB) within the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences (BCAS).

The project of this PhD student aims at extending the understanding of mechanisms of the regulation of photosynthesis for nitrogen fixation in Trichodesmium, for more realistic estimation of the productivity of the oceans. This marine, filamentous, diazotrophic cyanobacterium has a particularly fast regulation of photosynthesis. Phycourobilin isoforms turned out to be the key players in the fast regulation during the daily activity cycle (by their reversible (un)coupling to/from photosystems) as well as in the long‐term regulation (by changes in their expression levels) in response to iron and light stress, they shall be the main focus of this project. This will involve UV/VIS fluorescence kinetic and FRAP measurements for investigating biophysical properties, combined with metalloproteomics for investigating effects of iron limitation, RAMAN spectroscopy and pulsechase stable isotope labelling for analysing accumulation/transport of metabolites.

See details for this positions and how to apply in the Euraxess webpage.