Climate warming is transforming the Arctic at an unprecedented rate. Previously barren landscapes are “greening” as a result of longer snow-free periods and increases in plant growth. Although the Arctic is warming almost everywhere, patterns of Arctic greening and changes in the Arctic biosphere are highly diverse. As Arctic landscapes continue to change, we need to understand the biological and physical-chemical feedbacks associated with the Arctic’s transition into this novel state.
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to study plant-microbe interactions in the High-Arctic Svalbard Archipelago and northern Norway to determine the underlying interactions between plants, soils and microbial communities across geoclimatic gradients. The project is led by a consortium of researchers from ETH, WSL and NINA. More information can be found here.
Prof. Dr. Cara Magnabosco will be your primary supersvisor and your main responsibilities will be to assess microbial responses to warming across plant-soil systems and feedbacks to plant performance and biomass productivity. This includes the following tasks:
- Characterise microbial community composition and evolution across geochemical gradients
- Assess determinants of plant C input to soils at different developmental stages
- Quantify effects of soil biota on plant performance under warming
- Determine microbial responses to warming across plant-microbial-soil systems
This position will require a several weeks of field work in the Arctic, controlled climate chamber experiments to disentangle the contribution of soil biota from effects of soil physicochemical properties on plant performance and metagenomic data analysis. Applicants are expected to have:
- Background in computational biology and/or ecology
- Understanding of soil property effects on biological processes (asset)
- Laboratory experience
- Ability to conduct large plant-microbial-soil system growth experiments
- Ability to independently conduct statistical data analysis
- Fluent in English (oral and writing) and excellent communication skills
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
- CV (including names of academic references)
- Bachelors and Masters degree transcript
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about the Geobiology group can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to the primary supervisor Prof. Cara Magnabosco, firstname.lastname@example.org (no applications).
Applications will be reviewed from 25 October onwards until the position is filled.