JSMC offers PhD Fellowship: Streptomycete Siderophores as Chemoattractants, Germany

The role of siderophores in soil microbial communities has rarely been investigated. In preliminary studies, fungi and bacteria in soil showed directional growth towards siderophore producing streptomycete strains, suggestion a function of the siderophores as attractors. The project aims to quantify this effect and to analyze its molecular basis using the example of the well studied basidioymcete Schizophyllum commune and of Streptomyces strains resistant to various heavy metals. Biomolecular tools such as Clondiag CHIPS, RT‐PCR, as well as proteomics will be applied.

– a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural or Life Sciences. Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply. -a solid background in standard techniques of molecular biology and microbiology. -high motivation and interest to join one of the interdisciplinary research areas of JSMC -creativity and interest to shape your own thesis project -an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the lively JSMC Community -very good communication skills in English (instruction language at JSMC

Scholarship Deadline: March 16, 2012 for applicants who will require a visa to enter Germany. April 16, 2012 for applicants who will not require a visa to enter Germany.

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