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PhD position, Microbiome structure of warmed grasslands - 2019BAPFWETEF259Posted by: University of Antwerp
Posted date: 2019-Aug-27
The Plants and Ecosystems Research group (PLECO) of the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science offers a vacancy for a full-time
PhD position, Microbiome structure of warmed grasslands
Description of the position
A position is vacant for a researcher (Ph.D.-scholarship) to investigate the microbial community responses of warmed grasslands in subarctic Iceland to evaluate and predict responses to climate change.
Your PhD focuses on the determination of the soil microbiome through time, and how it is associated to root-mediated plant responses to temperature. You will thus develop a detailed seasonal microbiome map, linked to the presence of plant roots, soil temperature and plant dynamics. As part of Innovative Training Network (ITN) FutureArctic, data will be linked to the multitude of environmental variables assessed in the project and will be compared to modelling predictions performed by other PhD students.
A close collaboration is foreseen with ILVO to further develop and integrate next generation sequences (NGS) approaches and analytical tools. There is also room for developing and executing further experiments to understand the relationship between temperature and grassland soil microbial communities.
As a result, the successful candidate will have to combine field work (observations and innovative experiments) with laboratory work and data analysis.
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