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PhD Scholarship in Soil Microbiology at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

PhD scholarship in Soil Microbiology: Biodiversity toolbox. “Implementing molecular tools for soil biodiversity investigation”at Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen,  ESR2, 3 years starting July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015. Soil is by far the most species-rich of the Earth´s many microbial habitats with hundreds of thousands of different microbial species in a few grams. Soil will continue to be vital component contributing to Ecosystem services. In this project we will use Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to explore the bacterial biodiversity and its links with ecosystem services. The project aims to develop a high throughput analyses toolbox for soil biodiversity and activity -based on cutting-edge molecular technologies that will enable cost-efficient in-depth analyses of the diversity and activity of soil microorganisms and soil microfauna that will be used to help to evaluate ecosystem services that these soils provide.

We are looking for an expert bioinformatician with experience in NGS data analysis and analysis of microbial metagenomic data. >-M.Sc. in, computer science, bioinformatics, microbiology, molecular biology or similar relevant discipline -Documented experience with bioinformatic analysis of large metagenomic NGS data sets (i.e. SSU rDNA analyses, metabolism-specific gene analyses, comparative analyses, sequence assembly) -Experience with UNIX/LINUX systems -Advanced knowledge of a scripting language such as Perl/Python/Ruby, and a programming language such as Java/C/C++ -Fluency in English -Able to engage in teamwork within the group and our collaborators