Area of research:
PHD ThesisPart-Time Suitability:
The position is suitable for part-time employment.Job description:
Area of research:
The offered PhD position is part of a large collaborative project involving the Helmholtz Institute for One Health (HIOH) and the University of Greifswald (UG), entitled Innovative approaches for monitoring and integrating environmental and biodiversity data.
Broadly, this project aims to tackle the challenge of monitoring micro- and mesoscale heterogeneity in environmental factors and biodiversity to contribute to the implementation of a One Health framework and ultimately hopefully contributing to the improvement of human, animal, and environmental health. Evidence suggests hosts and their pathogens may persist or disappear in an area depending on a complex interplay of microclimate and local biodiversity, which can vary drastically on a scale of meters to millimeters. The project will explore a variety of techniques to develop a monitoring toolkit that can be deployed in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and tropical Sub-Saharan Africa, with the ultimate aim of contributing to the HIOH’s One Health Surveilence Core Unit (OHS).
While we plan to give the PhD candidate considerable freedom in developing the specific PhD topic, we envision a project that incorporates molecular biology and the use of environmental DNA/RNA (eDNA/eRNA) to describe vertebrate and microbial communities, as well as the deployment of a large network of automated temperature loggers that will be combined with drone and satellite data. Data generated with these approaches could be combined to ask questions about how biodiversity varies along environmental gradients and work has the potential to include a specific disease angle. We hope to harness recent advances in molecular biology and environmental monitoring to provide insights into variation in environments and communities of hosts and their microorganisms at a high resolution, to contribute to understanding factors governing community assemblages and disease risk across heterogeneous landscapes.
Field work in MV could involve drained and rewetted mire habitats, including areas being developed for solar power, forests, and surrounding farmland. Field work in the Côte d’Ivoire could involve an environmental gradient from the interior of Taï National Park to surrounding villages, as well as areas being targeted for reforestation. Field work will be coordinated with the HIOH’s OHS and the UG. Key partners who will help shape the PhD project at the HIOH are Drs. Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Jan Gogarten, Lorenzo Lagostina, and Fee Zimmermann. At the UG key partners who will help shape the PhD project are Drs. Mia Bengtsson, Mathilde Borg Dahl, Philipp Lehmann, Tim Urich, and Haitao Wang. A post doc will be hired as part of the broader project, providing further opportunities for collaboration and supervision, while logger network infrastructure, including 600 ground loggers and 2,400 tree loggers are available for deployment for the project.
Qualifications: Master’s Degree/Diploma in Molecular Biology or Ecology or a related field of the life sciences Molecular laboratory experience Excellent English communication skills (written and spoken) Ability to work independently and as part of an international team Ability to work with GIS or other geographic information system is an asset, but not required Experience working with temperature loggers or eDNA/eRNA is an asset, but not required An ability to communicate in French, or the willingness to learn would be an asset, but is not mandatory Experience working with large biological datasets would also be an asset
Disabled persons are given preference in the case of equal professional qualification. The HZI aims for professional equality between women and men. The position is suitable for part-time work.
We offer: Modern laboratories with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation Ample biological profiling platforms (in vitro and in vivo) A lively scientific community 30 days vacation, (24.12. & 31.12. are considered as completely free days) An annual additional payment (Weihnachtsgeld) analogue to § 20 TVöD Social security included DO IT- PhD initiative https://www.helmholtz-hzi.de/de/karriere/do-it-doktorandeninitiative Welcome Office Buddy System for new doctoral researchers Family Office, Child Holiday Care
Salary:alike TVöD E13 (65%)
This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.