SUTAS, a graduate school of the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany, offers a Ph.D. student position to start in March 2013 addressing the impact of nitrogen and phosphate availability on competitive power in sea grass meadows affected by varying degrees of eutrophication.

PhD position: The successful candidate will study nitrogen and phosphate uptake of sea grass species growing at different eutrophication levels using stable isotopes. Additionally, plant genes encoding phosphate/nitrogen transporter will be isolated and expression studies will be carried out to select candidates for functional analysis, which will be performed by using heterologous expression systems.

The holder of the position will be based at the Group of Botany of the University of Bremen (Prof. Dr. Nehls) and at the Carbon and Nutrient Cycling Group of ZMT (Dr. T. Rixen). The fieldwork will be conducted in Zanzibar and the lab-work at the University of Bremen, the ZMT and the University of Dar es Salaam. Dr. Mtolera from the University of Dar es Salaam will co-supervise the work.

 Requirements: The applicant should hold a Master or Diploma degree in biology and should have training in molecular biology and stable isotope analysis. Fluency in the English language and proven ability of good scientific writing is imperative. Furthermore the applicant should hold German research diver license, or must be willing attend an training course in order to receive the license.

Application process is open until a suitable candidate is identified.

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