PhD Position in Effects of Environmental Dynamics and Disturbances on Bacterial Microbiome Composition of Macrozoobenthos
University of Oldenburg Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences

PhD position: Effects of environmental dynamics and disturbances on bacterial microbiome composition of macrozoobenthos

The Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University Oldenburg offers a

PhD-position m/f/d

(E13 TV-L, 65%)

for three years. The position is part of the DFG research group "DynaCom" ( is available; earliest starting date: 01.04.2022. The workplace is located in Oldenburg, Germany.

The study investigates whether and how marine invertebrates can adapt to different abiotic stressors with their bacterial microbiome. This will involve field studies and mesocosm experiments to analyze the composition of the bacterial microbiome.


  • Field and cruise sampling of benthic marine invertebrates.
  • Molecular analysis of the bacterial microbiome
  • Conducting mesocosm experiments (including set-up and maintenance)
  • Bioinformatics and multivariate statistical analysis of the collected data 


  • Academic degree (Master or equivalent) in molecular evolutionary biology or microbiology
  • Very good command of written and spoken English
  • Ability and willingness to work in a multidisciplinary, international team and to communicate with external partners 

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of women in science. Therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. In accordance with Lower Saxony legal regulations (NHG §21), equally qualified female candidates will be given preferences. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

Application Applications should be sent with all the usual documents (included in a single pdf file) by February 10, 2022to Gabriele Gerlach ( ).

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to contact Dr. Gabriele Gerlach ( ;

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