Last application date Nov 13, 2021 11:30
Department WE11 - Department of Biology
Contract Limited duration
Degree Master’s degree in Sciences: Biology, Bioscience Engineering, or Bioinformatics
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy type Research staff
The Laboratory of Protistology and Aquatic Ecology within the Department of Biology of Ghent University (UGent, Belgium) is recruiting a new PhD student. The PhD student will be engaged in the recently started project HabitAnt: ‘Past and future habitability in Antarctic lakes: succession, colonization, extinction, and survival in glacial refugia’, funded by BelSPO BRAIN-BE.
Coupled climate and Earth-system models predict increased temperatures and altered precipitation patterns in vast regions of Maritime and coastal Continental Antarctica. These changes will likely result in more extensive glacial melt and the expansion of ice-free areas, increasing connectivity between regions, and changes in their hydrology. These projected environmental changes are expected to cause biotic homogenization between regions. Recent studies demonstrated that terrestrial and lacustrine biota in the Antarctic are more globally distinct and biogeographically structured than previously believed, due to the long-term survival and diversification of taxa in isolated glacial refugia. Hence, it is to be expected that biotic homogenisation will significantly increase the risk of extinction of endemic species and the spread of invasive species.
The PhD student will use fossil DNA in selected lake sediments and develop molecular phylogenies of diatom focal taxa to better understand the evolution of present-day diversity of micro-eukaryote communities and species in Antarctic lakes. The student will study the dynamics of colonization, diversification, biological succession and extinction in response to well-documented past climate and environmental changes.
The job duties include:
Ghent University is among the top global universities according to several international rankings. Furthermore, Ghent is a charming medieval Flemish town, filled with canals, and full of energy, history, and culture. We offer:
All applications must be received no later than 13/11/2021 at 23:59 (CET) at email@example.com with the following documents attached as one PDF:
As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.
More information: Prof. Elie Verleyen (firstname.lastname@example.org, +32 (0) 9 264 96 29).
|Titel||PhD Student - Department of Biology|
|Job location||Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, 9000 Gent|
|Veröffentlicht||Oktober 14, 2021|
|Bewerbungsschluss||November 13, 2021|
|Jobart||PhD/ Doktorand/in  |
|Fachbereiche||Bioinformatik,   Molekularbiologie,   Genetik,   Bioingenieurwesen,   Biogeografie,   Klimatologie,   Computergestütze Biologie  |