Hi everyone,

please share this PhD position (deadline 7th Febr. 2019) with any potential candidate.

TER, the Division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna (Austria), is looking for a highly motivated PhD student (Master in Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Ecology, Analytical Chemistry, or similar) who will investigate the effects of soil warming on soil nutrient dynamics in the second longest forest soil warming experiment (>15 years) world-wide, in Achenkirch, Tyrol, Austria. The PhD will work in a team with two other PhDs in a project investigating *soil warming effects on soil CO2 efflux, soil organic matter chemistry, root turnover, mycorrhizal symbioses, and soil C and nutrient losses****in this montane forest*.**The PhD candidate will specifically focus his work on root exudation, rhizosphere priming effects, soil N and P cycle processes and C:N:P stoichiometry and their feed-back on soil C cycle processes.

The candidate is expected to have profound knowledge of terrestrial biogeochemical processes and their controls, plant-microbe interactions and their effect on soil biogeochemical processes, and to be trained in analytical chemistry using isotope tracing to measure soil processes, in spectrophotometric methods, and in field work, among others.

TER, the Division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, is committed to conduct excellent research in a motivating and intellectually stimulating environment, and to train our students to become independent and internationally competitive scientists who enjoy research and contribute to society as conscientious citizens. Your responsibility will be to write a PhD thesis (three scientific papers) and the participation in research projects. Additionally, it is expected that you assist in the supervision of students and the maintenance of analytical instrumentation at the department. Teaching to the extent of the collective agreement provisions is required. Applicants must have the ability to work in an international team, have good communication skills and should be highly motivated and committed to pursuing interdisciplinary research. Excellent English in speaking and writing is mandatory.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants. Supervisor: Wolfgang Wanek (Microbiology & Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna);

Deadline for application: 7th February 2019 or until it is filled

Expected start date: March/April 2019 or at earliest convenience
How to apply: Please submit

(1) your scientific CV,
(2) a motivation letter that indicates your specific interest in pursuing the PhD topic and your technical experience in microbiology, ecosystem research, stable isotope techniques and analytical chemistry, and (3) reference letters from two mentors (professors) who have knowledge of your academic abilities to ch...@univie.ac.at.

Please send these documents as ONE single pdf file.
For further information contact Prof. Wolfgang Wanek (wolfgang.wa...@univie.ac.at).



 _|_|_|_|_|  _|_|_|_|  _|_|_|      Christof Oberwalder
     _|      _|        _|    _|    Dept. of Microbiology & Ecosystem Science
     _|      _|_|_|    _|_|_|      University of Vienna
     _|      _|        _|    _|    Althanstrasse 14
     _|      _|_|_|_|  _|    _|    1090 Vienna, Austria
                                   phone: +43 1 4277 25761

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