PhD Studentship in Isotope Biogeochemistry at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, 2012 Germany

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The main objective of this project is to elucidate the isotope fractionation pattern upon the initial step of anaerobic degradation pathways of selected hydrocarbons. The biochemical reaction mechanism of the cleavage of a carbon-hydrogen bond will be characterized using hydrogen and carbon isotope fractionation. The isotope fractionation pattern will be compared with molecular biological and biochemical data. Model compounds are substituted or non-substituted (poly)aromatic hydrocarbons.

We seek a highly motivated, creative person with a strong background in microbiology and (bio)chemistry. Candidates should have a master (or equivalent) degree in the area of natural sciences, preferentially (micro)biology or (bio)chemistry. Excellent English communication skills are expected. We provide excellent supervision in an international team.

Deadline: until the 31st of May 2012

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