Climate warming is transforming the Arctic at an unprecedented rate. Previously barren landscapes are “greening” as a result of longer snow-free periods and increases in plant growth. Although the Arctic is warming almost everywhere, patterns of Arctic greening and changes in the Arctic biosphere are highly diverse. As Arctic landscapes continue to change, we need to understand the biological and physical-chemical feedbacks associated with the Arctic’s transition into this novel state.
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to study plant-microbe interactions in the High-Arctic Svalbard Archipelago and northern Norway to determine the underlying interactions between plants, soils and microbial communities across geoclimatic gradients. The project is led by a consortium of researchers from ETH, WSL and NINA. More information can be found here.
Prof. Dr. Cara Magnabosco will be your primary supersvisor and your main responsibilities will be to assess microbial responses to warming across plant-soil systems and feedbacks to plant performance and biomass productivity. This includes the following tasks:
This position will require a several weeks of field work in the Arctic, controlled climate chamber experiments to disentangle the contribution of soil biota from effects of soil physicochemical properties on plant performance and metagenomic data analysis. Applicants are expected to have:
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about the Geobiology group can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to the primary supervisor Prof. Cara Magnabosco, email@example.com (no applications).
Applications will be reviewed from 25 October onwards until the position is filled.
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