Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Microbiology

Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Microbiology

Stockholm University - Department of Environmental Science

Stockholm, Sweden

Project description

The position will be associated with the interdisciplinary project “Safe Water Reuse in a Changing Environment – Microbial Degradation of Contaminants in European Rivers”. Increasing water reuse is at the heart of Europe's climate change adaptation strategy to counter water scarcity. Sustainable and safe reuse is hampered by a complex mixture of contaminants that reach recipient waters due to their incomplete elimination in sewage treatment plants. Very little is known about their fate in the environment and the self-purification capacities of natural systems.

The project will combine molecular, chemical analytical and biogeochemical tools to generate and link knowledge on the interplay of microbial communities, carbon cycling and contaminant biodegradation in the aquatic environment - which is a crucial prerequisite for safe and sustainable reuse.

The goals of the project are:

  • To assess and link in situ microbial diversity, degradation of polar organic contaminants and organic matter quality in European river systems;
  • To link microbial transcriptional activity with degradation rates of model contaminants and organic matter quality in experimental bioassays;
  • Establish proxies and use output from existing models of organic carbon sources and fate in limnic systems to predict present and future degradation rates in rivers.

Molecular analysis will be performed at DEEP, chemical analyses at ACES, and biogeochemical analyses at BSC. These environments will offer the successful applicant ample opportunities for scientific diversification. As part of a young team supported by senior academics, you will have access to rich mentoring resources.

Main responsibilities

The position involves research including experimental design to meet the scientific goals of the project. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to plan, conduct, interpret and communicate research and results and should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaborative work.

The focus will be on environmental microbiology, including field sampling and experimental work, molecular laboratory work, data analysis, and writing of scientific manuscripts. Established methods for carbon and contaminant analyses will be applied.

As part of the project the candidate will be expected to work in small teams at sampling sites across Europe (including Italy, Germany and Sweden).

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills in relevant areas for the position. The successful postdoc candidate is expected to have experience in environmental microbiology, including DNA extraction, PCR, preferably next generation sequencing library preparation, and knowledge of analyzing 16S rRNA gene amplicon data.

It is an asset if the candidate has research skills in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry, knowledge on carbon cycling in aquatic ecosystems, and has previously participated in field work, including water and sediment sampling.

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