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Jobs and PhDs


Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Scientist – Near-natural (waste)water treatment technologies (m/f)
The UFZ has obtained a prominent position within the field of near-natural water treatment technologies such as constructed wetlands. In light of the upcoming restructuring of municipal wastewater treatment processes and water cycles, ample career opportunities exist for a young ambitious biotechnologist/environmental engineer. You should be interested in developing your ideas and expertise in the field of technical use of microbial processes in order to take over a respective working group and to gain qualification for academic tenure track positions.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
PhD position (m/f) – Transferability of knowledge on human migration-environment relationships from local to global scale
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD position (m/f)
PhD position (m/f) - Environmental change and human migration in the tropics
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig PhD Position (m/f) - Microbial ecology in mountain lakes
More details on P³:
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.
More specifically, P³ will
a) develop an open-access database on historical data from a multitude of sources, including publicly accessible databases, scientific literature and grey literature on P³ related socio-ecological aspects of the four mountain ranges,
b) conduct systematic comparisons between well-studied sites and newly set up sites along altitudinal gradients,
c) perform a structured multi-scale scenario analysis aiming to determine causalities and correlations between natural and socio-economic drivers and pressures and biodiversity,
d) identify alternative approaches for the reduction of the vulnerability of mountain ecosystems and more sustainable land management, referring to both resilience as a key criterion and to co-production processes with practitioners and local experts, and
e) develop relevant essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) for communication with stakeholders and policymakers.

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. For example, P³ will develop predictive methods to understand where conservation efforts are most necessary to mitigate the effects of biodiversity loss in the wild. The results of P³ also have broader societal impacts by evaluating the risk that changes in mountain ecosystems have on human well-being and on societal prospects.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Halle Bachelor-/Master Thesis (m/f)
Bachelor-/Master Thesis: Influence of pH and nutrient availability on soil microbial biomass and activity in agro-ecosystems
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Master thesis in the Department System Ecotoxicology
The effects of pesticides on whole organisms, populations and ecosystems under different exposure scenarios are complex and cannot be sufficiently tested in laboratory studies during the registration process. Therefore ecotoxicological models are becoming increasingly important for the risk assessment of pesticides. However, a number of different models are available, and a given model must be evaluated prior to its application, to assure that it considers the relevant ecological processes in an appropriate way.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Master thesis in the Department System Ecotoxicology
The effects of pesticides on whole organisms, populations and ecosystems under different exposure scenarios are complex and cannot be sufficiently tested in laboratory studies during the registration process. Therefore ecotoxicological models are becoming increasingly important for the risk assessment of pesticides. However, a number of different models are available, and a given model must be evaluated prior to its application, to assure that it considers the relevant ecological processes in an appropriate way.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Master Thesis (m/f)
We are looking for a motivated student for a master thesis in an interesting area of environmental biotechnology related to bioenergy research.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Master Thesis (m/f)
The light-induced transformation of organic compounds is an important degradation mechanism naturally occurring in surface waters and atmospheric media. Humic substances and pigments are the major naturally present photosensitizers in the environment, acting as photosensitizers which can generate a variety of reactive species, such as OH radicals and excited triplet states (3HS*), promoting the degradation of organic compounds (Zhang et. al., ES&T, 2014).
Research questions addressed: 1) Do carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionation occur during the photolysis of OPs? 2) Can photosensitization pathways of OPs be characterized using CSIA?
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.
Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Master Thesis (m/f)
Master Thesis - Bending the boundaries: towards single cell mass spectrometry