PhD position available in Iceland

PhD position available in Iceland

Theme: “Impacts of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) on Arctic and sub-Arctic marine Diatoms and their associated symbionts”

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time PhD (structured PhD program) in Prof. Dr. Oddur Þór Vilhelmsson´s Research Group at the Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences, University of Akureyri in collaboration with Dr. Bettina Scholz (BioPol ehf), the University of Iceland, the Reykjavik University and IceTek.

We seek to recruit an early career scientist with a keen interest in diatom biology, biochemistry, host-parasite interactions and microbiology. The position is embedded in a research project funded by the Icelandic Research Fund (RANNIS) and is available from April 2023 for 3 years.

The successful candidate will

  • Undertake and be responsible for experimental diatom cultures under controlled conditions.
  • Conduct research focusing on diatom fitness traits (e.g., photosynthesis) using metabarcoding and metabolomics-based approaches.
  • Undertake extraction and analysis (e.g., GC-MS).
  • Interact with the wider project team. Travel to partner laboratories (Reykjavík and abroad) will be required.
  • Be highly motivated and a good communicator (oral and written skills).

Some previous research experience in the field will be an advantage.

Applicants should have a good post graduate degree (First class or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline (Marine Science, Plant Science, or similar). The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and have some background and particular interest in diatom biology and biochemistry. In addition to a relevant degree(s), the successful candidate will ideally have some additional research experience in the field of algal biology or biotechnology, microbiology, chemical extraction techniques and basic analytical techniques for the determination of algal biochemical compositions (e.g., HPLC, GC). A valid driving license is essential.

Application Procedure
Please submit an electronic copy of your Curriculum Vitae with 3 referees’ contact details, a copy of your diploma, and a letter stating your interest and suitability for the PhD position to: Dr. Bettina Scholz ().

Closing date: Monday March 20th, 2023, 5 pm (GMT) Icelandic time.

The full advertisement is attached below.

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