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Post doc position in algae molecular and synthetic biology

The SDU Institute of Green Technology (IGT), Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invites applications for a 1-year post doc position (with extension option for additional 2.5 years) in algae synthetic biology. The position is funded by a Danish funding source to investigate and engineer algal (diatom) metabolism with innovative synthetic biology approaches. Location: Odense, Denmark.

Microphytobenthic communities exert ecologically important functions on top of sediments in shallow coastal zones, which are poorly understood along terrestrial-marine gradients. During photosynthesis they excrete organic compounds (DOC) to stabilize sediment surfaces and to feed heterotrophic microorganisms in the microbial loop. The main goal of the PhD project B2 is to quantify I.) primary production, II.) DOC release/mineralization and III.) its consequences for the carbon and other biogeochemical cycles along defined terrestrial-marine gradients. The successful candidate shall experimentally work with benthic diatoms and analyse carbon fixation and DOC exudation as function of photosynthesis and various physico-chemical parameters. Mesocosm experiments will be planned and conducted in an inter-disciplinary manner with other PhD-projects from the Baltic TRANSCOAST consortium.

We are looking for a PhD applicant with a deep interest in microphytobenthic function and an according education (MSc. or Diploma in biology, marine biology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, environmental sciences etc.). This PhD-project is part of the interdisciplinary DFG Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST (www.baltic-transcoast.de) and a high motivation for interdisciplinary training and work is expected. Candidates will graduate in Ecology or Marine Biology at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Rostock.

Further questions can be directed to Prof. Ulf Karsten: ulf.karsten(at)uni-rostock.de


The University of Technology in Sidney invites applications for a fully funded PhD position on a three-year project to assess the impact of ocean warming and acidification on the general health, macromolecular composition, silicate formation and sinking rates of diatoms. Diatoms are one of the most diverse and ecologically important group of microalgae in the ocean, whose growth and silicification (cell-wall formation using silica) is modulated by their environment. Understanding to what extent growth and silicification are stimulated or inhibited by concurrent changes in temperature and ocean acidification, as a result of increasing atmospheric CO2, is needed to enable reliable predictions on the future role of diatoms in ocean food webs and biogeochemistry. Through a combination of laboratory and field studies (including algae culturing and incubation experiments, chemical analysis, FTIR-microspectroscopy as well as ship expeditions for sampling and on-board experiments), the candidate will explore the physiological response of diatoms to future ocean conditions and be responsible for collecting data that will be used to model projections of these changes to predict how ongoing global warming will change ocean ecology and biogeochemistry.

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Postdoctoral Associate in Diatom Symbiosis/Microbial Oceanography in Abu Dhabi

The Division of Science at New York University Abu Dhabi seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Associate starting September 1, 2021 under the supervision of Professor Shady Amin (Lab Website). We encourage applicants with a strong bioinformatics and/or computational biology background who have experience analyzing omics data related to marine microbes or microbiomes. Applicants must have a strong publication record and a capacity to conduct independent, high-quality research. Applicants must hold a PhD in oceanography, marine biology, computational biology, or a related field at the time of appointment.

The Lab of Angela Falciatore at the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique (CNRS) in the Sorbonne University in Paris is looking for a highlymotivated Postdoctoral Research Scientist tojoin the laboratory of Chloroplast Biology and Lightsensing in Microalgae” directed by Dr. Angela Falciatore at the Institut de Biologie PhysicoChimiquein Paris France. This laboratory is dedicated to the study of lightdriven processes (photosynthesis,photoperception and lightdependent rhythms) and chloroplast biology. The laboratory addresses key questions on the biology, evolution and ecology of microalgae by focusing on different molecular model systems (e.g., the diatomPhaeodactylum tricornutum, the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii) andon ecological relevant phytoplanktonic species, investigated with approaches of ecophysiology, biophysics, biochemistry, genomics and genetics(http://www.ibpc.fr/UMR7141).