Ongeveer 20 uur geleden - VU - Amsterdam
PhD position at RU Interactions of nitrogen- and methane-cycling microorganisms in lab scale bioreactors mimicking coastal sediments (1.0 FTE)
RU and NESSC are looking for a PhD candidate. Interested? Read more and apply here.
- Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 40 uur
- € 2325 - € 2325 per maand
The Netherlands Earth System Science Centre (NESSC) is currently looking to fill 13 PhD positions with excellent, talented, enthusiastic, highly motivated and goal-oriented candidates, with a no-nonsense mentality. The ideal candidates are interested in past and/or current climate research, are highly motivated to perform research in an excellent, exciting and international working environment, and are committed to a fully-funded 4-year PhD track.
The project “Interactions of nitrogen- and methane-cycling microorganisms in lab scale bioreactors mimicking coastal sediments” will be hosted at Radboud University (RU). Microorganisms are the drivers of biogeochemical nitrogen and carbon cycles. These elemental cycles are interconnected by the activity of different microbial guilds in sediments of coastal ecosystems. Essential roles of chemolithoautotrophic microorganisms provide a tight balance in the local and global bioavailable carbon and nitrogen budget. In a rapidly changing world, the nutrient cycles are shifting and might reach tipping points that result in irreversible ecosystem changes. One of the most significant links between the nitrogen and carbon cycle is found in anaerobic methanotrophic ecosystems. In these ecosystems, the methane can be oxidized by anaerobic microorganisms that use nitrate or iron-oxides as electron acceptor. There is no clear consensus on the contribution of coastal to the global CH4 budget, since because source magnitude and variability are largely unknown. In this project you will investigate a nitrate‐reducing microbial community in a laboratory‐scale bioreactor model that closely mimics estuary or brackish sediment conditions. The data will be used to improve our understanding on greenhouse gas fluxes from brackish coastal sediments. Sampling campaigns with NESSC partners to suitable field sites will be part of the PhD study.
General requirements for applicants
• Candidates did not reside or carry out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months during the 3 years immediately prior to the date of appointment (time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account)*.
• Candidates hold an MSc degree (or will graduate before the appointment date) in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Ecology, Earth Sciences and/or Environmental Sciences.
• Candidates are in the first four years of their research careers at the start of their appointment (full-time equivalent research experience, measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree entitling him or her to embark on a doctorate) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
• Excellent proficiency of the English language (both oral and written).
• The ability to work both independently in challenging environments and in a multidisciplinary team. Excellent communication skills and cooperation skills are required.
• An inquisitive mind-set, accuracy, creativity and self-reliance are very important. You are required to be flexible, mobile and pro-active.
• Enthusiasm to attend the full training programme as offered in the project and to actively contribute to the project aims and objectives.
• High interest in receiving training from supervisors from different institutes, disciplines and sectors, this will require regular travelling within the Netherlands.
• High motivation to contribute to the dissemination of results and outreach to both specialists and the public at large.
• Candidates are excited to move to the Netherlands and to visit a Partner Organisations for a secondment (internship), in or outside the Netherlands, as this is part of the programme. Additional research visits to international institutes and conferences for research collaborations are expected.
• Strong motivation to obtain a PhD degree.
Specific requirements for this project
For this project we seek a PhD candidate with a background in microbiology, aquatic ecology, geobiology, life sciences.
The selected candidates will be offered a full-time PhD position at one of the NESSC institutes, initially for one year. The first formal assessment will be held between month 10 and 16 of employment, if found positive the ESR will be offered the full 48 months of PhD employment.
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NESSC is a so-called Gravitation Program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The programme is co-funded with a grant that has been awarded from the Europen Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme: the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND program, grant agreement No 847504. Please click here for general information about NESSC and here for NESSC research.