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Ecological Microbiology - Prof. Tillmann Lueders

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Research Associate Environmental Microbiology (m/f/d): Restoration of nutrient-polluted small lakes

Project start by September 2022 or later. Posting Date: 7/7/22.

The position is available for two years and not intended for acquiring a PhD. It can be filled either with a completed university degree (MSc) or with a completed PhD.

Work with us on an exciting project on the microbiology of the restoration of mud-laden small lakes, in close interaction with project partners from industry!


Small lakes are often heavily burdened by increasing nutrient and pollutant inputs. This endangers their ecological status and often leads to the accumulation of considerable organic mud deposits on the sediment. Often, owners and municipalities are left with only regular dredging as a remediation measure. In this interdisciplinary project, a novel and more sustainable restoration measure will be established and tested, based on the application of an oxygen-releasing granulate. This activates microorganisms muddy sediments, eliminates nutrients and degrades the sludge. The "Schlamm-TEC" project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers and companies and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) as part of the ZIM innovation network "Water4All" (https://ti-consult.de/water4all/). 

We are looking for: An environmental microbiologist with already well-established expertise in the investigation of microbial communities and microbial processes in aquatic sediments. Hiring requirements include a graduate degree (MSc) in microbiology, microbial or molecular ecology, or related aquatic environmental science. Experience in field work, biogeochemical analysis, quantitative PCR and 16S amplicon sequencing is desired. You enjoy working as part of a team and with external collaborators. A valid driver's license and good knowledge of the German language are also desirable to facilitate effective joint sampling campaigns of the consortium.

Your tasks: Conduction of sediment and water sampling at pilot sites. Investigation of microbial activities in polluted lake sediments in laboratory mesocosms. Quantitative (qPCR) and qualitative (amplicon sequencing) investigation of sediment microbial communities. Ecological assessment of the restoration efforts based on aquatic microbial parameters. Manuscript writing and publishing in English and in German.

Our offer: Working in a modern, well-equipped and diverse environmental microbiology laboratory. Our working atmosphere is characterized by a culture of mutual respect, active participation and interdisciplinary interaction. The project also offers close collaboration opportunities with partners from several involved companies. 

Remuneration: You will be employed as a research associate in accordance with regular public service agreements for 2 years (TV-L, E13, 100%). The University of Bayreuth values the diversity of its employees and is highly committed to the goal of equal opportunities for women and men. Female scientists are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities will be given preferential consideration if equally qualified.

Your application: Please send your complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates, list of publications if applicable, at least one reference person) in the form of one PDF file (max. 20 MB) to: tillmann.lueders@uni-bayreuth.de. Please include the project acronym in the subject line of your email ("Application Schlamm-TEC"). Applications will be accepted until 8/15/2022, but selection will start as soon as possible. Queries in advance can be answered by email or on the phone (+49 (0) 921 555 640). Also visit us online: https://www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/mik/ or follow us on Twitter: @LuedersLab

We are looking forward to welcoming you soon as a new member of our team at the Chair of Ecological Microbiology of the University of Bayreuth!

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