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The UFZ

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The job

The UFZ offers four PhD positions in the framework of the PhD college “Fostering pollutant-sink functions of blue-green infrastructures: towards local urban water cycles in climate-resilient cities - CLEANER”. The aim of CLEANER is to identify the control options for biodegradation of urban pollutants in blue-green infrastructures - tree trenches and roof wetlands - and develop technical solutions based on the joint research within the PhD college (seewww. ufz.de/cleaner for more information).

Project start: 1 st May 2023.

Your tasks
  • You first develop a lab-scale marsh-plant roof. This could be a three- stage system as a down-scaled model to investigate adsorption and transformation of common greywater pollutants,
  • You evaluate microbial transformation of pollutants on a full-scale marsh plant roof and characterize microbial populations using amplicon sequencing,
  • You identify active microbial populations and responsible enzymes for transformation of greywater pollutants through stable isotope probing, metagenomics, and proteome mass spectrometric approaches,
  • You collaborate with the other three PhD researcher of CLEANER and associated researchers
  • You present results at international conferences and prepare publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • We offer
  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams
  • Excellent links with national and international research networks
  • Excellent support and optimal subject-specific and general training with our HIGRADE graduate school
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13
  • Your profile
  • A master degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Microbiology, Bioprocess Engineering or related areas
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of molecular biology, preferable with knowledge of stable isotope probing and proteomics,
  • Skills in IT and data evaluation,
  • High degree of self-organisation and ability to work independently,
  • Good communication skills
  • Proficient English
  • Motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team
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