Department of Ecology, Charles University, Czech Republic

The Department of Ecology at Charles University in Prague seeks two PhD students and a postdoc to work on a newly funded, 4-year project, 'Unraveling microbial community assembly patterns in vanishing glacier-fed streams,' starting July 2022.

Application deadline 1 January 2022.

Project description
In this project, our aim is to better understand the roles of deterministic versus stochastic processes in assembling prokaryote and diatom communities in glacier fed streams and rivers. To do this, we plan to use both traditional and molecular approaches, as well as establish a culture collection for laboratory experiments, survey diverse glacier fed streams from the European Alps, and analyze archived material from around the world. We hope that the project will provide a step forward for understanding microbial community dynamics in running waters, and promote a better understanding of the microbial life we will lose following the disappearance of glacier fed streams.

The successful PhD student should hold a M.S. degree by the start date, and the postdoc should likewise have their PhD. All applicants should have a background in ecology/microbiology, good written and oral English skills, and a willingness to conduct field and laboratory work.

How to apply
Please submit a single pdf file with a letter of interest (2-page maximum - should describe any relevant experience, including previous experience with diatoms, bioinformatics, statistics, culturing, and fieldwork), a CV, and contact information for 3 references. For prospective PhD students, please also provide university transcripts (unofficial is fine) or a list of relevant courses taken.

Inquiries and applications should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Tyler Kohler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Katerina Kopalova in CC (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For full consideration, please apply before 1 January 2022.

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