PhD Position in Urban Aquatic Science (m/f/d)

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The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) invites applications for a

PhD position (m/f/d)

focussing on flux and transformation of phosphorus in urban systems. The position is based at the Department of Chemical Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry in Berlin. Funding has been secured for 3 years.

We seek to recruit an excellent and highly motivated doctoral student with an interest in interdisciplinary work. The project will focus on the interplay of microbial and chemical mechanisms to forming phosphorus minerals. The results serve as basis for innovative managing of eutrophication and phosphorus recovery in from natural and technical systems. The position is part of a graduate school funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the Research Training Group “Urban Water Interfaces” (UWI ). The consortium involves multiple fellow students, scientists and engineers at IGB and the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin).

Your tasks

  • Studies on the role of Poly-P storing microorganisms during the transformation of phosphorus forms in lake sediments and wastewater treatment plants
  • Laboratory experiments on microbially mediated formation of phosphorus minerals
  • Prepare manuscripts and present results at conferences
  • Closely collaborate, exchange data, and mutual support within the UWI graduate school
  • Complete a doctoral dissertation

Your profile

  • MSc degree in Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering, Soil sciences, (Geo)chemistry, Aquatic Microbiology or a related field
  • Solid knowledge in the field of Limnology and Hydrobiology
  • First experiences with field and lab work related to soils or sediments would be advantageous

Our offer

We offer an interesting position in an international and dynamic scientific environment. We foster career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. The reconciliation of work and family life is actively supported. Applications by qualified researchers of all genders are welcome. IGB strives for gender diversity at all levels. Severely disabled persons with equal qualification will be given priority. Salary is paid according to the German salary scale for the public sector (TVöD Bund, 75%). It is a fulltime position for doctoral research position, limited to 3 years.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your complete application including a letter of motivation indicating research interests and experience, your CV including 2 references, Bachelor and Master certificates, and your Master Thesis. The deadline for application is 21 November 2021. The position can be filled at the earliest possible date.

Please state the job reference number 37/2021 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at .

Enquiries can be directed to Dr. Michael Hupfer at hupfer(at) .

“Research for the future of our freshwaters” is the mission of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). The IGB is Germany’s largest and an internationally leading research centre for freshwaters. We seek to understand the fundamental processes governing fresh waters and their communities. Our research findings help to tackle global environmental changes and to develop measures for sustainable water management. The IGB is a diverse and inspiring place to work and conduct research. We promote individual development at every career level and stand for lively exchange and cooperation. With more than 350 employees and guests from all over the world, we conduct research at five locations in Berlin and at Lake Stechlin north of the city. IGB closely collaborates with numerous national and international universities and other partners in science and society and is a member of the Leibniz Association , which connects 96 independent public research institutes in Germany.

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