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Jobs and PhDs


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)
The Department of Molecular Systems Biology is looking for a dedicated PhD student in (Meta)Proteomics to support their special field of research “Functional diversity in dead wood decomposer communities” starting at 01.05.2017
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Assessing socio-spatial impacts on health of children in urban areas
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Development of a coupled foodweb model for a mechanistic multiple stressor assessment in riverine ecosystems
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Modelling grassland dynamics: the role of species traits, soil and climate
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Halle PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Impact of land use on multifunctional agro-ecosystems
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Reduced Complexity Models for Subsurface Flow: a numerical approach towards goal orientated model development (Virtual Aquifer)
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Using ecotoxicology to develop design criteria for nature based wastewater treatment technologies
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Modeling microbial degradation in soil
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Toxicokinetic modeling of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) in humans
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Using travel time distributions to link water quantity and quality at catchment scale
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Biomethanation of renewable hydrogen (power-to-gas) by reactor microbiomes
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Diagnosis of disrupted genetic variability by genotoxicants and pesticides in multiple stressed aquatic ecosystems
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

Smart sensor and data technologies to test mechanisms of plant community response to global change
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
Screening for natural toxin fingerprints in waters from different regions all over Europe
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 - Characterizing (cyano) bacterial heterogeneity and basic physiological parameters
Sustainable and ecological processes for the production of food, chemicals, and fuels are of outstanding interest in times of increasing population, limitation of fossil resources and climate change. Biological engineering can contribute to address those issues. Plants and microorganisms can be designed to produce a variety of interesting compounds for the synthesis of fine chemicals and biofuels from biological and renewable resources.