Deadline: May 31, 2012
The main objective of this project is to elucidate the isotope fractionation pattern upon the initial step of anaerobic degradation pathways of selected hydrocarbons. The biochemical reaction mechanism of the cleavage of a carbon-hydrogen bond will be characterized using hydrogen and carbon isotope fractionation. The isotope fractionation pattern will be compared with molecular biological and biochemical data. Model compounds are substituted or non-substituted (poly)aromatic hydrocarbons. A second topic is to elucidate the mechanism of benzene activation under anoxic conditions, and to resolve syntrophic processes in a benzene-degrading enrichment culture by stable-isotope based approaches. We will cooperate with several partners of the SPP 1319 in an interdisciplinary international network.
We seek a highly motivated, creative person with a strong background in microbiology and (bio)chemistry. Candidates should have a master (or equivalent) degree in the area of natural sciences, preferentially (micro)biology or (bio)chemistry. Excellent English communication skills are expected. We provide excellent supervision in an international team.
The place of work is Leipzig, Germany. Salary will be according to the appropriate civil service level TVÖD (13, 50 %). Funding is available for 36 months.
The successful candidate will work in a highly interdisciplinary research environment with excellently equipped facilities. Our PhD students will participate in the Graduate School HIGRADE (http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=11429).
The UFZ is an equal opportunity employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply for increase their share in science and research. Physically handicapped persons will be favoured if they are equally qualified.
Dr. Carsten Vogt, Tel. ++49-(0)341-235-1357, e-mail: email@example.com
Dr. Hans Richnow, Tel. ++49-(0)341-235-1212, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are taken until the position is filled. Please send your complete application documents (CV, motivation letter, copy of diplomas) until the 31st of May 2012 under the code digit 46/2012 to the personnel department, P.O. Box 500136, D-04301 Leipzig, Germany or by email to email@example.com.