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Doctoral scholarships, Ecology of plants and micro-organisms, genomics, metabolomics and bio-informatics - 2018BAPFWETEF358Posted by: University of Antwerp
Posted date: 2018-Dec-21
The Departments of Biology and Mathematics of the Faculty of Sciences are seeking to fill 4 full-time (100%) vacancies for
Doctoral scholarships in the areas of ecology of plants and micro-organisms, genomics, metabolomics and bio-informatics.
The REGIME SHIFT project
Climate change is making weather patterns in mid-latitude regions, such as Western Europe, more persistent. This leads to longer droughts, but also prolonged periods with excessive rain. No comprehensive study has hitherto investigated the ecological consequences of such changes in the precipitation regime. REGIME SHIFT explores these potential impacts of shifts in the frequency of dry/wet cycles at multiple, connected levels of biological organization. It does so in a new, large-scale platform at UAntwerp in which changes in precipitation and associated temperature changes can be experimentally induced in species-rich grassland ecosystems. The project includes a wide array of research domains, from plants to soil organisms such as bacteria and fungi, and from cellular metabolism and genetic regulation, studied by Next Generation Sequencing and bio-informatics to the study of ecosystem processes. In this interdisciplinary framework, we are looking for four PhD students.
Candidates are interested in one or more of the following research domains:
In the project, the focus is on the following themes and techniques:
The complementary expertise brought together here should yield both significantly increased understanding of key processes as well as new avenues to climate change impact mitigation. During the selection process, the needs of the project will be matched with the profiles and interests of suitable candidates.
The project is led by five P.I.’s:
Prof. Ivan Nijs (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/ivan-nijs) Prof. Erik Verbruggen (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/erik-verbruggen) Prof. Han Asard (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/han-asard) Prof. Gerrit Beemster (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/gerrit-beemster) Prof. Kris Laukens (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/kris-laukens)
Profile and requirements
How to apply?
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