PhD Student (m/w/d)

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is the largest freshwater ecology research institute in Germany. It is a member of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. and the Leibniz-Association (www.wgl.de). The FVB manages 8 large research institutes in Berlin that have close links to all three universities in the German capital. IGB offers excellent laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary research, large-scale experimental facilities, and long-term research programs and data sets.

In the frame of the Priority Programme of the German Science Foundation (DFG) entitled “Antarktis-forschung mit vergleichenden Untersuchungen in arktischen Eisgebieten” (SPP 1158) we offer:

PhD Student (m/w/d)

in Aquatic Microbial Ecology

The position is available for three years. Salary is paid according to the German Public Service (TVöD Bund, 65% position).

The PhD student will work in the subproject Polar Parasites on molecular investigations of occurrence and diversity of fungal parasites of benthic diatoms in polar coastal regions in Antarctica and Arctic. Parasitic fungi are important drivers of pelagic phytoplankton dynamics, but yet it remains unclear whether they also affect benthic diatoms which form the base of polar coastal food webs. In this project we want to investigate biodiversity and ecological role of fungal parasites on food web structure and function, in particular taking current and future climate warming into account. This project will include field studies as well as cultivation of both host and fungal parasites for further experimental studies on the potential effects of global warming on host-parasite interactions in these temperature sensitive areas. The project is in close collaboration with the working group of Prof. Ulf Karsten at the University of Rostock who is an expert in diatom physiology and with Dr. Jonas Zimmermann at FU-Berlin who is an expert in diatom taxonomy. The advertised PhD position is therefore closely linked to both working groups within this project, aiming for a mutual stimulation between phytoplankton and fungal researchers.


  • M.Sc. in microbiology or ecology/(bio-) mathematics or related disciplines
  • Knowledge in cultivation of alga and parasitic fungi
  • Expertise in microscopy and molecular tools, such as PCR, FISH, sequencing methods
  • Expertise in bioinformatics is beneficial
  • Background in experimental approaches in aquatic ecology is beneficial

We are seeking to recruit outstanding scientists to establish an innovative research program with high international visibility. The position will be based at the department “Experimental Limnology” in Neuglobsow, Germany, but requires several research visits in the partner lab of Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten at the University of Rostock.

In keeping with IGB's policy on gender equality, women are particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

For further information, contact Hans-Peter Grossart (hgrossart(at)igb-berlin.de).

Please upload complete application documents as a single pdf-file no later than 1.11.2019 via the IGB’s (http://www.igb-berlin.de/en/jobs) online job-application facility (button “Apply online”).