Postdoctoral Position Available: Cryo-Microbiology at the Helmholtz Centre, Germany

12 April 2018

Postdoctoral Position Available
Helmholtz Centre
Potsdam, Germany

Application deadline: 20 April 2018

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For questions, contact:
Liane G. Benning
Email: Benning [at]

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in cryo-microbiology. This full-time, three-year position will be located at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany.

The successful candidate will focus on microbiological/biochemical processes in cold settings via experimental approaches. This position may include fieldwork in polar environments.

Duties of this position include:

  • Conducting original research on microbial processes that control carbon/nutrient cycling in cold terrestrial environments with focus on microbial processes;
  • Characterizing and quantifing laboratory- and field-based cryophile algae-mineral-fluid interface reactions with special application to stress adaptation of biomolecules in snow and ice microbes;
  • Designing and performing stress and adaptation/response experiments with cryophile algae;
  • Assessing genomic and biochemical changes using “omics,” imaging, and/or spectroscopic approaches;
  • Publishing in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Presenting research results at scientific meetings;
  • Leading and/or considerably contributing to writing proposals for third party funding opportunities; and
  • Helping to co-supervise Masters and PhD students.

Qualifications include:

  • A M.Sc. and PhD in geobiology, molecular microbiology, biogeochemistry, geoecology, or equivalent;
  • Specialized knowledge in next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics experience in experimental manipulations and complex biological and biochemical process analyses (e.g. omics, biological microscopy or micro-spectroscopy);
  • Experience in working at the interface between microbiology and geochemistry;
  • Documented publication history and third-party funding record; and
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English, German is an asset.

Applications must be in English and include a cover letter with a detailed research statement of a maximum of two pages, a curriculum vitae that includes a publication list, and the names of three independent referees.

For more information, go to:

For questions, contact:
Liane G. Benning
Email: Benning [at]