PhD Student position at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende (IOW)
The Department Biological Oceanography of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende (IOW) is offering a position (26 hrs/week) as PhD Student in the DFG funded CYA-REMo project. Remuneration is paid in accordance with the TV-L salary scale at level EG 13 monthly gross salary (65%). The employment is temporary for 3 years and will start on 1 April 2021.
The IOW is an independent institute of the Leibniz Association, engaged in system analysis of coastal and marginal seas, with special focus on the Baltic Sea. The scientists of the four departments (Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Biological Oceanography and Marine Geology) cooperate within the framework of a joint research program.
Background. CYA-REMo “Cyanobacteria under climate change: looking into the past to predict the future through integration of resurrection ecology, experimental evolution and ecosystem modelling approaches “– addresses mechanisms of cyanobacterial adaptation to a warming climate in an interdisciplinary team of scientists. The project will 1) investigate whether cyanobacteria have evolved to warmer environmental conditions, 2) quantify their evolutionary potential to cope with even higher temperatures and 3) assess their potential to dominate future phytoplankton communities in a seasonally-varying and overall warmer environment by taking into account ecosystem and biogeochemical feedback mechanisms.
Tasks. Specifically, in this PhD project, resting stages of cyanobacteria will be revived from recent and century-old sediment layers of cores collected in the Baltic Sea to establish experimental cultures. These will be used for genomic characterization and quantification of phenotype (trait) changes in the context of changing climate factors. This work will be closely linked to evolution experiments and modelling activities of network partners at the University of Hamburg and include short research periods at partner institutions in Poland and Finland.