2013 PhD Position in Resilience of the Interaction Between Plants and Soil Microorganisms in Germany

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International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles offers PhD position in Resilience of the Interaction Between Plants and Soil Microorganisms. Applications are open for the program are open to well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries. A prerequisite for joining the school is a diploma or master of science degree in geophysical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, physics, chemistry, computer sciences or related fields, including a corresponding thesis.. This PhD project deals with the scientific basis for resilience. It explores the hypothesis that return to the starting point after a stress is only possible if no system function is permanently disturbed. The important ecosystem function carbon storage will be used as an example. The working hypothesis is that pastures are as long resilient to changing environmental conditions, such as a lack of snow in the winter and summer drought, as the carbon transfer between plants, soil microorganisms and soil functions. For this, carbon fluxes will be detected in monoliths (mesocosms) coming from several sites through labeling with non-radioactive 13C in sugars of the plants, the membrane lipids of the microorganisms and in the soil (PLFA). This study is part of ‘Resilience of marginal grasslands and biodiversity management decision support’ (REGARDS, a biodivErSA joint European project). The PhD candidate will be advised by Gerd Gleixner and will be based in the Molecular Biogeochemistry Group at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry.. Scholarship is open for pursuing PhD position.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Scholarships is provided in the field of  Resilience of the Interaction Between Plants and Soil Microorganisms.
Who can apply to this scholarship? Applications for the program are open to well
· motivated and highly
· qualified students from all countries. A prerequisite for joining the school is a diploma or master of science degree in geophysical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, physics, chemistry, computer sciences or related fields, including a corresponding thesis. Proficiency in English is required since English is the official language of the program. Applicants for this PhD project should have a strong background in soil or plant science and biogeochemistry. Practical experience in a wide range of chemical and physicochemical techniques (HPLC, LC, GC, MSC, GC/MS, GC
· MS
· IRMS, IC) is required. Familiarity with mesocosm experiments, isotopic labeling and experience with biomarkers is an advantage.
Benefits of the scholarship: Not known
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: PhD degree in a 3-years graduate program.
Number of scholarships: Not known

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