The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) invites applications for a position as PhD Student in the field of environmental DNA analyses of plankton.
We are looking to employ a PhD student to investigate environmental DNA from marine and freshwater habitats with a focus on plankton diversity and its temporal variations under environmental changes. A University degree (Master or equivalent) in biology or a related discipline and practical experience with standard molecular genetic techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR and DNA sequencing are mandatory. Good analytical skills and familiarity with bioinformatic tools for the analysis of DNA sequence data are of advantage. We expect the candidate to show outstanding motivation for the topic and readiness to participate in expeditions to the Arctic. Good communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English are necessary.
The main working place is Potsdam (Periglacial Research Section), Germany. The position will be funded for three years with a start-date as soon as possible. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (66% TVöD Bund, salary group 13).
Please send your application with your letter of motivation, CV, copies of degree certificates, and abstract of your Master thesis by 10th Feburary 2017.