The River Ecosystems Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to study interactions between phages and bacteria in stream biofilms.
Phages modulate bacterial diversity and activity in many ecosystems, yet, little is known about the interactions between phages and bacteria in densely packed and spatially structured biofilm communities. A two-year position is available in a project that aims to shed light on the interaction between phages and stream biofilm bacteria. A PhD student already working in this project focuses on phage-bacteria community dynamics in an alpine stream.
The postdoctoral research will involve laboratory-based micro- and mesocosm experiments and various imaging techniques. The aim is to understand how phage activity influences biofilm structure and function as well as how biofilm structure may be modulated in response to phage infections. We will work with natural communities in mesocosms as well as with single phage-bacteria pairs using microfluidic techniques.