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Jobs and PhDs


Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Postdoc position (m/f): Non-target screening of organic pollutants in the multimedia environment
For the new ERC-project CHEMO-RISK (Chemometers as novel tools for an integrative risk assessment framework of mixtures of pollutants), we offer a postdoc position focusing on the development of new non-target screening procedures for organic pollutants in diverse media.

Non-target screening of mixtures of environmental pollutants in sediment, water, aquatic biota, marine mammals and humans
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Researcher (m/f) in the Dept. Computational Hydrosystems
In order to expand our team working on the parameterization of land surface models, the department Computational Hydrosystems is looking for a researcher (m / f).
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
The PhD project aims to contribute to the development of analytical techniques for characterization of nanomaterials in complex matrices such as biological test media using the outstanding infrastructure offered by the UFZ in Leipzig. The project is embedded in an EU project with 28 partners and the successful candidate will work within an international project and interdisciplinary environment.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
An increasing number of nanomaterials are entering the market in every day products ranging from health care and leisure to electronics, cosmetics, energy, agriculture, food and transportion. New properties and forms of these materials make it challenging to provide a suitable legislative framework to ensure safe development of nano-enabled products. The reliable and reproducible characterization of NMs is certainly the most relevant objective. The PhD project aims to develop analytical techniques to characterize nanomaterials in complex matrices such as biological test media. Methods for the analysis of particle distribution in different matrices and for the particle surface characterization will be developed making use of the outstanding infrastructure offered by the UFZ. The project is embedded in a EU project with 25 partners. The candidate will be in close contact with international project partners working in related disciplines.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD Position (m/f) - Microbial ecology in mountain lakes
More details on the international project “P³: People, pollution and pathogens - mountain ecosystems in a human-altered world:
The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work in an international project which includes partners from France, USA, China and Germany with multidisciplinary research expertise.
The three overarching objectives of P³ focus on 1) the collection of historical data on mountain ranges and network of mountain observation sites, 2) the analysis of the current patterns of pollutants, people and pathogens, and 3) the synthesis of all results and the establishment of mountain ecosystems as sentinels of change.

The results obtained by the P³ research will expand current understanding of global change impacts mountain freshwater ecosystems and their functioning as well as the biodiversity they comprise. Scientists will be able to utilize the insights uncovered by P³ to execute a wide range of research, from focused investigations studying the factors impacting different species groups to holistic studies examining impacts of changed biodiversity composition and drivers that alter ecosystems. Moreover, conservationists and environmental managers will use the results of our research to develop effective programs to control and manage populations of mountain ecosystems on a global scale.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f): Human exposure to mixtures of organic pollutants
For the new ERC-project CHEMO-RISK (Chemometers as novel tools for an integrative risk assessment framework of mixtures of pollutants), we offer a PhD position focusing on the development of a new non-invasive procedure to study human exposure to organic pollutants.

Non-invasive determination of the human exposure to mixtures of organic environmental pollutants
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f): Partitioning of organic pollutants in seals
For the new ERC-project CHEMO-RISK (Chemometers as novel tools for an integrative risk assessment framework of mixtures of pollutants), we offer a PhD position focusing on the development of a new procedure to study internal exposure and effects of organic pollutants in seals.

Internal exposure, chemical activity and effects of organic pollutants in diverse tissues and blood of marine mammals
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f): Bioaccumulation of organic pollutants in lakes
For the new ERC-project CHEMO-RISK (Chemometers as novel tools for an integrative risk assessment framework of mixtures of pollutants), we offer a PhD position focusing on the development of a new procedure to study bioaccumulation of organic pollutants in the aquatic environment.

Thermodynamics of the bioaccumulation of mixtures of organic pollutants in the aquatic environment
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Bachelor or Master Thesis
Structure and Activity of microbial communities in biogas reactors using molecular biological methods
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Master Thesis (m/f)
Quantification of biomass concentrations in biogas reactors using molecular methods
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Internship / Bachelor Thesis (m/f)
Organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) are a diverse family of pesticides and particularly aracicides used since the 1940s. In contrast to organochlorine pesticides, OPs have a shorter persistent time which favors their worldwide application. However, OPs and their derivate are highly toxic. They inhibit the Acetylcholinesterase (AChE), an enzyme which is essential for neurotransmission in insects, animals and humans. The inhibition process is irreversible and it results in impairments in attention, memory, and other domains of cognition. The high toxicity and persistence of OPs in the environment is of great concern, as they have repeatedly been detected in soils, sediments waterbodies as well as food and drinking water. Thus tools are needed to understand their sources, reactive transport pathways and sinks in the environment. Stable isotope analysis has been proved as a valuable method for the detection of origin of chemicals, as the isotopic profile reflects the isotopic composition of raw materials, synthetic pathways and purification processes.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Master Thesis (m/f)
Bridging the identity and metabolic activity of single cells using SIMS imaging and DNA sequencing