Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) - PhD Student Position (m/f/d)
For a new EU funded project: ICEBIO “Microbial and biogeochemical processes in a range of glacial ecosystems, the exchanges between them and the surrounding ecosystems” we are looking for an early state researcher to join our team as a PhD student. The successful candidate will be working at Dr. Brill + Partner in Bremen, Germany, with academic supervision done by Nuremberg Hospital. The team of Prof. Dr. Jörg Steinmann, Medical Director of Institute for Clinical Hygiene, Medical Microbiology and Clinical Infectiology, Paracelsus Medical Private University, Nuremberg Hospital, will be responsible for the academic part as well as conferral of the doctorate degree.
The ICEBIO consortium comprises 6 leading research teams across Europe (Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Austria and Switzerland) and two industrial stakeholders (Germany and France).
ICEBIO's mission is to train 11 predoctoral researchers in glacier microbiology and biogeochemistry. Glaciers and ice sheets were long believed to be sterile environments, but just like other large ecosystems (e.g., tropical forests, tundra), they are now widely recognized as one of the Earth’s biomes, teeming with life. Active algae, fungi, bacteria and viruses dominate the glacial environment and they have the ability to change the physical and chemical characteristics of the ice and snow, with global effects. Despite their global influence, many of the microbiological processes within the cryosphere remain poorly quantified. A deeper understanding of such processes is relevant to researchers interested in the possibility of life on icy extraterrestrial bodies, the survival and proliferation of life forms on our early Earth, and the positive and negative feedbacks that the cryosphere may have on global warming. The microbial communities living in association with icy environments may also harbor unique metabolic pathways, providing novel opportunities in biotechnology.