Opportunities for training, graduate programs, postdoctoral fellowships, jobs, and grants are posted here.

Study of anthropogenic impacts and tose resulting from extreme events (droughts and fires)on phytoplankton and phytobenthic communities in freshwater ecosystems. Includes fieldwork, microscopy and molecular methods.

[From Diatom-L]

We are seeking a motivated PhD student to work on a 4-year project based at the Department of Ecology at Charles University in Prague* starting September 2023.


Project description: In this project, our aim is to explore the composition and diversity of microbial communities (with special attention to diatoms and

bacteria) of polar and alpine water bodies (streams and lakes) to better understand their functioning and the roles of deterministic versus stochastic processes in their assembly. To do this, we will use both traditional and molecular approaches, as well as establish a culture collection for laboratory experiments, and survey diverse sites from around the world (with special attention to the European Alps). This project will provide a step forward in understanding microbial community dynamics in cryospheric waters, and promote a better understanding of the microbial life we will lose with climate change.


Requirements: The successful PhD student should hold a MSc degree or equivalent by the start date. All applicants should have a background in ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, protistology, and/or bioinformatics, good written and oral English skills, and a willingness to conduct field and laboratory work.


How to apply: Please submit a single pdf file with a letter of interest (2-page maximum – should describe any relevant experience, including previous experience in diatoms/environmental microbiology with bioinformatics, statistics, culturing, and fieldwork), a CV, and contact information for 3 references.

Contact Dr. Tyler Kohler, Dr. Katerina Kopalová and Dr. Jan Kollár .

Taxonomist position at AquaEcology (Oldenburg, Germany)

AquaEcology is looking for people who are interested in the taxonomic analysis of microalgae samples (phytoplankton, phytobenthos, benthic diatoms).Please find attached all the information around the job in the tender text.

Further Information:

Algae Taxonomist for EcoAnalyst in Moscow (Idaho)

[From Algae-L and Diatom-L]

EcoAnalysts, Inc. seeks to hire a talented Algae Taxonomist who enjoys algae taxonomy and who wants to be part of a successful team of aquatic scientists. In this position, the successful candidate will be required to process both Diatom and Soft Algae samples. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate experience and knowledge of both types and associated laboratory experience including diatom cleaning and slide preparation, soft algal sample handling/treatment and pigment analysis. Duties include identification of samples in a production environment and data summarization for reporting to clients in addition to related laboratory needs.

[From Diatom-L]

University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Geosciences is looking for a PhD student to start in late Summer, 2023. The incoming student will join an NSF-funded project examining marine-terrestrial connections on the Bering Land Bridge/Bering Sea over the past ~30 thousand years. The goals of this interdisciplinary project are to reconstruct the vegetation of interior and coastal sites on the emergent Bering Land Bridge and evaluate the relationship between sea ice extent and aridity during the Pleistocene and Holocene.  The student will kick-start their PhD research with a month-long cruise in the Bering Sea to collect sediment cores in August, 2023. Applicants must be accepted into the UAF graduate program and enroll for Fall semester prior to the start date of the summer research assistantship.

Students interested in paleoclimatology, paleoecology, and/or sedimentology are encouraged to apply. The student will use diatoms and fossil pollen as markers for environmental change and thus it is imperative that the student is comfortable using a microscope for long hours. Prior taxonomic experience is not necessary but would be an advantage.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Sarah Fowell or Dr. Beth Caissie for more information. Refer to the UAF graduate website for pre-requisites and details about how to apply for the graduate program: Graduate Programs | Department of Geosciences (uaf.edu)

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination. The successful applicant is required to complete a background check; any offer of employment is contingent on the background check. Applications for employment with UA are subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.