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PhD Position, 5 years, Microbial Biostabilisation in Reservoirs, University Stuttgart, Germany
Deadline for applications: 6th of November, 2015
The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research team of engineers, physicists and biologists with excellent experimental and laboratory facilitates, as well as a strong national and international network. The position is within the project “CHARM - CHAllenges of Reservoir Management, Meeting environmental and Social Requirements” which is part of the Researcher Network Initiative and the Water Research Funding Programme of the county Baden-Württemberg (Germany), financed by the Ministry of Science, Research and Art (MWK). The CHARM project addresses five imminent important issues on reservoir management concerning cohesive sediment dynamics, microbial biostabilisation, cyanobacterial blooms, greenhouse gas emissions and societal implications as well as conflicts. The position advert relates to the work package on microbial biostabilisation of sediments, but is also closely linked to the work package on cohesive sediment dynamics and comprises a full-time position (100%, TVL E13) for five years. 
The applicant needs to join field trips and perform manipulative experiments in the laboratory. The candidate will learn and apply innovative methods to address important parameters in fine sediment dynamics such as biofilm adhesion, sediment stability and floc characteristics as well as basic biofilm parameters (biomass, community composition, polymeric matrix). The original work will be presented on meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals, both of high international standards. The applicants must have a strong commitment to this multidisciplinary-based research on sediments and fundamental knowledge in at least two of the related scientific disciplines: microbiology, molecular biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, physics, engineering science; ideally combined with profound laboratory experience (e.g. microscopic work, microbiological analysis, chemical analysis). 
At the University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences, you will participate in the international doctoral program ENWAT (Environment Water http://www.phd.envwater.uni-stuttgart.de/).
 
The University of Stuttgart is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are explicitly encouraged to apply to increase their share in science and research. Physically handicapped persons will be favoured if they are equally qualified. 
 
Please send your complete application documents to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Silke Wieprecht and Dr. rer. nat Sabine Gerbersdorf (curriculum vitae, certificates, 1-page summary of your master or diploma thesis and the contact information for two professional referees) until November 6, 2015 
by e-mail to  abt1_bewerbung@iws.uni-stuttgart.de
 
Further information is available at http://www.iws.uni-stuttgart.de/forschung/projekt.en.php?Abteilung=&Projekt=325  and under +49 711 685-64739 (Dr. Sabine U. Gerbersdorf)
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