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Job advertisement Open PhD position in Geomicrobiology ‘Microbial Fe cycling during the genesis of Banded Iron Formations’

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Open PhD position in Geomicrobiology ‘Microbial Fe cycling during the genesis of Banded Iron Formations’

Position
Open PhD position in Geomicrobiology ‘Microbial Fe cycling during the genesis of Banded Iron Formations’

Employer

University of Tuebingen, Center of Applied Geoscience


Location
Tübingen, Germany

Sector
Academic

Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)

Type
Part time

Level
Entry level

Salary
TVL E 13 65%

Required education
Master

Application deadline
4 October 2020

Posted
3 August 2020

Job description

We are seeking a PhD student to investigate the role of microbial iron cycling during the
genesis of Banded Iron Formations (BIF). Specifically, we will determine to what extent
repeated alternations of Fe(II) oxidation and Fe(III) reduction might have progressed in
ancient sedimentary environments, what secondary minerals were formed during microbial
Fe cycling, and how this influenced the trace metal and nutrient content of the secondary
minerals in BIFs. We will combine laboratory cultivation experiments with microscopic,
geochemical and mineralogical analyses to follow microbial activity and mineral
transformation.

The candidate will be given many opportunities to be creative and innovative, to apply
state-of-the art geochemical analyses, microbial physiological studies, microscopic and
spectroscopic techniques, and to work on a challenging, highly relevant topic within a large
network of (inter)national collaborators.


How to apply

For more information and to apply, please send a CV, motivation letter and overview of techniques and methods previously used by email before September 15th, 2020 to:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kappler (andreas.kappler@uni-tuebingen.de), Geomicrobiology, Center for Applied Geosciences, University of Tübingen, Germany. https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/104138