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Technische Universität Braunschweig, Zoological Institute

Postdoc - Freshwater Metabarcoding

Application deadline: 20.12.2017
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Postdoctoral position in Freshwater Metabarcoding / Molecular Ecology

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Zoological Institute

PostDoc position

Metabarcoding of freshwater organisms and ancient DNA analysis from sediment cores

2 years, 100% E13, with possible extension for another 2 years.

Application deadline: 20 December 2017

Start of position: February or March 2018

We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral researcher at the TU Braunschweig, Zoological Institute (Evolutionary Biology), for research within the DFG-funded Sino-German Research Training Group (GRK 2309) “Geo-ecosystems in transition on the Tibetan Plateau” (TransTiP).

TransTiP offers a research-oriented doctoral program analyzing different aspects of Earth surface fluxes on the Tibetan Plateau, an area of crucial importance for the global hydrological, energy and element cycles. The program focuses on the dynamics of sediments, soil organic carbon, water, and biodiversity in the light of land use changes and climate change. For more details see:

The postdoctoral researcher will work at  the Zoological Institute of TU Braunschweig (Prof. M. Vences lab), in collaboration with the Institute of for Geosystems and Bioindication (Prof. A. Schwalb) of TU Braunschweig and with the Institute for Biochemistry and Biology (Evolutionary Adaptive Genomics; Prof. M. Hofreiter) at the University of Potsdam.

As a core task the researcher will establish, together with two PhD students, a reference library, primers and protocols for barcoding the diversity of freshwater eukaryotes, especially ostracodes and diatoms, in Tibetan plateau water bodies; and as a second step extend this approach to ancient DNA from sediment cores.  Furthermore, we encourage the researcher to develop and pursue an own, independent research line fitting the main scientific interests of the host laboratories.

We will preferably hire a researcher with experience in the fields of environmental DNA / ancient DNA analysis / metabarcoding of eukaryotic or prokaryotic organisms. Expertise with analysis of next-generation sequencing techniques (e.g., Illumina amplicon analysis) and associated bioinformatic tools will be of advantage. Candidates who lack expertise in these methods, but have hands-on experience with other sophisticated molecular laboratory techniques and with lab management and student supervision are also encouraged to apply. Fluent verbal and written English communication skills and first-author papers in peer-reviewed international journals are required.

Applications of women are strongly encouraged. Severely challenged persons will be given preference in case of otherwise equal qualifications.

Please send your application (CV, transcript of records, letter of motivation, names of two references) to before 20 December 2017.

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