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Doctoral position on "Measuring bacterial motility and chemotaxis in the oceans"

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Doctoral position on "Measuring bacterial motility and chemotaxis in the oceans"

The Environmental Microfluidics Group of Professor Roman Stocker in the Institute of Environmental Engineering is seeking a dynamic and motivated doctoral student for a project on measuring bacterial motility and chemotaxis in the oceans. The position is funded by a recently awarded Swiss National Science Foundation grant on “The ecological role of bacterial motility in the ocean” and will be based in the laboratory of Professor Roman Stocker (ETH Zurich).

Project background

Marine bacteria play a fundamental role in global biogeochemical cycles, contributing, among many other impacts, to the control of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and access to elements throughout marine trophic networks. Bacteria do this as a result of their microscale interactions with resources—for example marine snow particles and the nutrient-rich psychosphere surrounding phytoplankton—that are often transient and highly heterogeneous. Many marine bacteria use movement behaviour to forage in the ocean’s heterogeneous resource landscape, yet there remain fundamental open questions as to the forms, prevalence and ecological impact of motility and chemotaxis in marine bacteria.

As part of a wider project to understand the ecological role and biogeochemical consequences of bacterial motility and chemotaxis, the doctoral project aims to quantify how the prevalence of motility and chemotaxis changes throughout the depth of the ocean water column, in different oceanic provinces. Current knowledge of these bacterial behaviours is restricted to the ocean surface, but we can no longer solely focus on this tip of the iceberg if we want to understand the role of bacteria in biogeochemical cycling and carbon storage in the ocean.

Job description

The goal of the project is to quantify the prevalence of motility and chemotaxis toward ecologically relevant compounds over the depth of the ocean water column, by deploying our recently developed in-situ motility (ISMA) and chemotaxis (ISCA) microfluidic assays. These direct field measures of bacterial behaviour will be allied with ecological characterization and metagenomics of the isolated bacteria in the laboratory. The student will therefore have the opportunity to carry out experiments in the ocean based on a scientific research vessel and laboratory trials to study bacterial behaviour (microfluidics experiments, video tracking and image analysis) and genetics (e.g. metagenomics).

Your profile

You will have a strong hands-on, experimental inclination, preferably with a background in biology to master flow cytometry, metagenomics, isolation and follow-up experiments with isolates. The candidate will be guided by the PI Roman Stocker and by lab members with ocean-going expertise in the preparation of the deployments and extensive laboratory experience. The student will have the opportunity to work in a cutting-edge, fast-paced research environment, interact with researchers from many different disciplines, learn about fundamental biophysical and ecological processes in microorganisms, gain technical experience across diverse research approaches and interact with world-class collaborators.

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • a CV
  • full transcripts from undergraduate studies (both Batchelor and Masters)
  • a brief (1-2 page) statement of research interests
  • and at least 2 (preferably 3) letters of reference

Review of applications will begin on October 31st 2022, with the position to start as soon as filled (negotiable). Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For questions regarding the position, please contact Joëlle Robinson by email at joeller@ethz.ch.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Doctoral position on "Measuring bacterial motility and chemotaxis in the oceans"
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Rämistrasse 101 Zürich, Schweiz
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2022-09-27
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