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Graduate student position, Marine microbial ecology

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 PhD student position in marine microbial ecology

 Can climate driven microbial basal respiration explain increasing marine
areas with hypoxia? Investigation of a new explanatory model for the expansion
of marine areas with hypoxia.

The Department of Ecology and Environmental
Science conducts research and graduate student education in the subject
fields of ecology, environmental science and physical geography. The department
has 160 employees, including about 30 graduate students. See for more information.

Umeå Marine Sciences Center (UMSC) belongs to Umeå
University ( We conduct
research and education, perform environmental analysis and inform about the
marine environment and its status. The staff amounts to 20 people, and in
addition there are guest scientists of several nationalities. UMSC is located in
the beautiful archipelago village Norrbyn 40 km south of Umeå.


The PhD student will investigate the importance and
control of basal respiration of microorganisms, directed towards the influence
of climate on respiration in the sea. This will contribute to a better
understanding of factors controlling oxygen status in marine environments such
as the Baltic Sea, distinguishing between environmental and anthropogenic
influence. A model will be developed to predict effects of climate change, and
the need and outcome of restoration actions.

The PhD student will conduct field studies of the relationship between
basal respiration at the ecosystem level and its control. In another subproject
the relative importance of substrates with different elemental composition and
temperature will be studied using mesocosm systems. These subprojects aim at
encompassing tropical as well as arctic areas. The effect of photolysis on
naturally dissolved organic carbon compounds and its effect on basal respiration
at the organism level will be studied in laboratory experiments. This also
includes studies, using molecular biological techniques, of which bacterial
species and enzyme systems are involved in the processes. The emphasis on
different subprojects can be chosen based on the interest and skills of the PhD

Admission requirements
Basic competence has anyone
who has a degree at an advanced level, or who has fulfilled course requirements
of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which 60 ECTS credits are at an advanced level,
or has an equivalent foreign education. The faculty board may approve exceptions
from the requirement of basic competence for individual applicants if there are
specific reasons (Higher education ordinance, Chapter 7, 39 §).

Anyone who before 1 July 2007 meets the requirements of basic competence
for admission to graduate studies, that is at least 120 ECTS credits of basic
college education or corresponding competence, is considered to have basic
competence for admission to graduate studies, but no longer than to 30 July 2015
(Higher education ordinance, Chapter 12, 11 st.).

To meet the requirement of specific competence for admission to graduate
studies in ecology the applicant should have approved courses in the subject
fields of microbiology, ecology or physical geography of at least 120 ECTS
credits. At least one course at advanced level with microbiological focus should
be included, as should an independently performed degree project with
microbiological focus of at least 15 ECTS credits.

The position requires good knowledge in microbiology, microbial ecology
and associated molecular biological methodology. Experience of aquatic science
is a merit, as is education in statistics. Ability and experience of working at
sea are valued. You are supposed to have a passion for research. Good knowledge
in Swedish and English language both orally and written is a requirement
work will to a large extent be performed at Umeå Marine Sciences Center in
Norrbyn 40 km south of Umeå. A valid driving license is therefore also
requested. Your academic affiliation will be the Department of Ecology and
Environmental Science.

The application should include a brief
presentation of your interest in and suitability for the position, your research
ideas, CV with academic degrees and course lists, contact information for three
reference persons, and (electronic) copies of the degree-thesis, scientific
publications, and other documents you want to invoke. The application should be
written in English (preferably) or Swedish.

For more information, contact the main
supervisor Johan Wikner, 090-786 79 80, e-mail, or
co-supervisor Jan Karlsson, 090-786 60 02, e-mail

Documents sent electronically should be in word or pdf format. Paper
copies should be sent in duplicates.


Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO,
+46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.Your complete application,
marked with reference number AN, should be sent
to (state the reference number as
subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive
February 28, 2014 at the latest.

We look
forward to receiving your application!