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Application area

Research Center One Health Ruhr, Faculty of Chemistry

PhD student (f/m/x, No. 178-24)
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Start of employment


Duration of employment

36 months

Working time

25 h 53 min (65 %)

Your main tasks

The DFG-funded project “DeepH: Horizontal evolution of uncultivated archaea in the deep biosphere” seeks a new PhD student in microbial ecology at the Environmental Metagenomics group led by Prof. Dr. Probst at the Research Center One Health Ruhr of the University Alliance Ruhr and as part of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The interdisciplinary project will explore microbial genome organization of archaea form deep subsurface ecosystems across the globe. You will use genome-resolved metagenomics of long-read technology and genome-centric bioinformatics. You will also be involved in single-molecule microscopy and research expeditions to sampling sites in Europe (Germany, Italy), US, and Japan. The DeepH project will be in close collaboration with the lab of Ulrike Endesfelder (University of Bonn).

Regarding soft skills and career development, we envision that you will become a member of the Water Graduate School at University of Duisburg-Essen, which will ensure a specific education for your needs and provide multiple opportunities to interact with peers and other scientists in seminars and workshops.

Our young and dynamic team of microbiologists, virologists, and computational biologists seeks to increase the diversity in our group, and we specifically encourage international candidates to apply for this position.

Your profile

  • M. Sc. or equivalent with focus on microbiology, microbial ecology, geomicrobiology, genomics, bioinformatics or similar.
  • Proficient knowledge in DNA extraction and (q)PCR is required.
  • Bioinformatics skills are an advantage, particularly are knowledge in genome-resolved metagenomics, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, and programming in shell, python, and/or R.
  • Experience in field work is not expected but will be a plus; so is knowledge fluorescence microscopy.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Furthermore, we expect a high degree of self-initiative, inventiveness and creativity, as well as good interpersonal skills and flexibility.

We offer you

  •  a varied, multifaceted field of activity in a research-intensive environment.
  •  an interesting, responsible job with great creative potential, where you will get to know the diverse tasks and developments of research transfer and have contacts with almost all areas of the UDE.
  • Interdisciplinary research at a very high level.
  • a non-discriminatory working environment with respectful, appreciative cooperation.
  • a pleasant working atmosphere in a dynamic team.
  • a broad range of further education and training opportunities, individual mentoring.
  • attractive sports and health offers (university sports).

Application deadline


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Information about the job

The University of Duisburg-Essen aims to increase the diversity of its members (see: ). It also aims to increase the number of women among its academic staff, and therefore encourages women with pertinent qualifications to apply. Women with equal qualifications will be preferred in accordance with state equality laws. Applications from qualified disabled persons in the legal sense of § 2 para. 3 SGB IX are also welcome.

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University of Duisburg-Essen pursues the goal of promoting the diversity of its members.
In accordance with the State Equal Opportunities Act, women with the same qualifications are given referential considered.
Applications from suitable disabled persons and persons of equal status within the meaning of § 2 para. 3 SGB IX are desired.
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