MSc: microbial population dynamics and functioning (closes 7/31/2019)

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MSc: microbial population dynamics and functioning (closes 7/31/2019)

An immediately available position funded by The Czech Science Foundation is available for a senior or freshly graduated BSc student interested in pursuing a Master degree, with starting date no later than September 2019. The selected candidate will evaluate microbial population dynamics and functioning and their seasonal environmental shifts in a post-mining lake (Lake Medard). The Master’s research goals will be accomplished through molecular microbial ecology in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment at the Soil and Water Research Infrastructure (SOWa-RI), Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences (BC-CAS).

The selected candidate will be expected to conduct benchwork and analytical and experimental research in the area of genomics and computational biology/bioinformatics, with emphasis in data acquisition and analysis of next-generation sequencing. The researcher’s development will be enhanced through structured mentoring activities to provide the skills, knowledge and experience to prepare her/him to excel in her/his career path.

The selected candidate will be enrolled in the Master of Science programme at the University of South Bohemia (JU). The campus in Ceske Budejovice has a dynamic research environment where scientists of both institutions (BC-CAS and JU) work collaboratively. The university campus is located 150 km S of Prague, with stunning natural diversity, a vibrant multicultural society and a large and successful academic vibe.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and values or be able to explain and demonstrate that she/he can perform the essential functions of the job upon training:
• Experience working in lab performing routine DNA extraction and quality control protocols.
• Ability to work within time constraints, solving scientific problems and achieving team goals and milestones.
• Ability to effectively communicate research results and their implications to international academic audiences, or a strong desire and commitment to acquire this critical scientific skill within the 2 years formation period.
Experience: Entry level

Required Qualifications
Education: BSC in biology (or a verifiable < 8 months for completing the degree), with demonstrated interest in microbial ecology, computational biology, ecology or other related disciplines.
Salary: in accordance with Czech standards for early career academic staff, with flexible working hours.

Preferred Qualifications
• Prior intern experience in microbiome analysis, metagenomics, and/or whole genome sequencing is particularly desirable.
• Knowledge of aqueous biological systems, with experience in environmental microbiology is particularly desirable.
• Laboratory experience in molecular microbiology
• Motivation for independent scientific work and development of bioinformatic tools and pipelines for 16S rRNA-based microbiome analyses, metagenomics, and/or comparative genomics

Application deadline:
July 2019. Applications will be considered until the position has been filled.
Please send a .zip file including a letter of motivation (in English), a CV (in English), University grades, and the contact details of one academic referee. The application as well as inquiries about the position should be addressed to the project leader, Dr. Daniel Petráš: