Bachelor/Master Thesis Opportunity

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), Frankfurt am Main

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), a member institution of the Leibniz Association, with almost 800 employees and its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, conducts advanced natural history research with leading research institutions in six federal states. The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute (SBiK-F) explores the interactions between biodiversity, climate and society.

Senckenberg BiK-F in Frankfurt invites applications for a

Bachelor/Master Thesis Opportunity

“Adaptation, Plasticity or Parental Effect? A Multigenerational Investigation to Tolerance of Cadmium in C. riparius”

Background: Cadmium is a highly toxic metal of particular ecotoxicological relevance for aquatic ecosystems because it is widely used in the industry for manufacture of paints, pigments, galvanized parts, batteries, plastics and synthetic rubber. The model organism, Chironomus riparius, is reported to successfully cope with a variety of external stimuli like fluctuating temperatures, low oxygen concentrations, increased salinities, wide ranges of pH and heavy-metal pollution. But, so far, only a few studies aimed to unravel the mechanism underlying tolerance to metal pollution in a multigenerational exposure.

Objective: The goal of this study is to contribute to understanding the mechanisms behind metal exposure sensitivity in Chironomus riparius using a multigenerational approach that will allow us to distinguish between adaptation and transgenerational effect such as parental effect.

Methods: The study will include lab experiments, animal maintenance, life cycle tests, data analysis and writing of a thesis. The candidate will learn how to design and conduct lab experiments, statistics, scientific writing and presentation.

The project duration is about 5 months. The start should be as soon as possible or latest in February 2020.

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this offer (ref. #11-19019) until 16.12.2019 (deadline) by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including

  • a cover letter describing your suitability and motivation
  • a detailed CV
  • your academic credentials and certificates

enrolment certificate to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung                                                 

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt

E-mail: recruiting(at)senckenberg.de

For more information on this project, please contact Dr. Halina Binde Doria, Molecular Ecology Group at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F), Halina.Binde-Doria(at)senckenberg.de.