Student Opportunity Announcements

Hydrodynamic control of biofilm structure and function in running waters

The Department of River Ecology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ is offering the following vacancy as of 1st January 2014:

Scientist/ PhD Position (m/f)

Subject: Hydrodynamic control of biofilm structure and function in running waters

Workingtime: 75%, limited to 3 years

Your duties:

▪ Cooperation with work group of Prof. Lorke (Environmental Physics,
University Koblenz-Landau; close cooperation with secound PhD project
with focus on hydrodynamics)

▪ Clarify mechansims and processes in biofilm nutrient uptake in running waters under various hydrodynamic conditions

▪ Research on different scales, i.e. from micro level to the river reach
scale, with the help of mesocosm-experiments as well as in situ analyses

▪ Focus on the analyses of the biofilm structure (studies on taxonomical composition and architecture via
molecular analyses and confocal laser scanning microscopy) and biofilm function (studies on nutrient up-take via isotope addition)

▪ Studies will be undertaken in the catchment of the river Bode (TERENO site)

Your profile:

▪ Successfully completed the university education (master-level) in
biology or a related discipline with a focus on aquatic ecology and/or
microbial ecology

▪ Advantageous: experience in the study of biofilms (qualitative and
quantitative analyses), ecology of running waters and experimental

▪ Essential: the readiness to work interdisciplinary, to partake in
regular field trips often spanning several days as well as traveling to
the cooperating partners at the University of Koblenz-Landau

We offer:

▪ Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel

▪ The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to

being ready for application

▪ Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams

▪ Excellent links with national and international research networks

▪ Excellent support and optimal subject-specific and general training with our HIGRADE

graduate school

Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13

Your application

We look forward to receiving your full e-mail application quoting the reference 84/2013 at


für Umweltforschung – UFZ


Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig, GERMANY

Closing date for applications: 31.10.2013

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy, we
therefore particularly welcome applications from qualified women.
Severely disabled persons are given priority where applicants are
equally qualified.

Your contact for any questions

you may have about the job:

Prof. Dr. Markus Weitere


Tel.: 0391/810-9600

Place of work: Magdeburg