PhD candidate to conduct research on impacts of distinct types of mycorrhizas of soil carbon cycl...

Universiteit Leiden
March 20 2017
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Full Time
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The Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden university seeks a highly motivated PhD candidate to conduct experimental research aimed to understand impacts of distinct types of mycorrhizal fungi on processes of soil carbon sequestration. Soil carbon sequestration is an important but hardly  understood mechanism counterbalancing atmospheric CO2 emissions and thereby climate change. Growing evidence suggests that vegetation stands featuring different mycorrhizal types differently relate to principle aspects of belowground carbon accumulation processes. However, the mechanisms involved and the causality therein are poorly understood. Within this PhD program the candidate will conduct research aimed to experimentally unravel these mechanisms  through a combination of microbiological, physiological and ecological methods to examine plant-soil-microbial interactions in lab and possibly field conditions.

  • Master's degree in one of the following topics: ecology, biology, plant sciences, environmental sciences or their equivalents;

  • Understanding of plant and fungal taxonomy; 

  • A background in plant-soil interactions or/and microbial ecology is desirable;

  • Knowledge of molecular biology methods will be an advantage;

  • Statistical analysis skills, i.e. good level of mastering R, Matlab or alike tools will be appreciated; otherwise a demonstrated ability to rapidly acquire such skills is a pre-requirement; 

  • Proficient in spoken and written English;

  • Good communication skills;

  • A strong interest in a scientific career.

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