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Project descriptionSoils act either as a large source or sink for various trace gases. As such, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) as well as chemically more reactive volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and reactive nitrogen species are known to be produced or consumed within microbial processes. Studies of functional gene expression – as a proxy for microbial activity – and corresponding release rates of trace gases are rare. However, such studies are of great importance to understand the impact of environmental parameters on the microbial processes and thereby on the release of trace gases, respectively. In its final consequence these results can be used as input parameters for modeling to budget the global sources and sinks of trace gases from soils.
The proposed project will address the following research questions:
Working group and planned collaborationsThe successful candidate will work in the MPI-BGC Department of Biogeochemical Processes (BGP). Collaborations with the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv, Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Mainz, Germany), Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazonia (IPAM, Canarana, Brasil), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA, Manaus, Brasil) are highly encouraged.
RequirementsApplications to the IMPRS-gBGC are open to well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries. Prerequisites for this PhD project are
After you have been selectedThe IMPRS-gBGC office will happily assist you with your transition to Jena.
The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and those of the German civil service. The gross monthly income amounts about 2000 EUR, which will cover all your expenses in Germany.
The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
(a) Online profile of VOCs measured in an incubation experiment; (b) Rainforest ecosystem (ATTO site, Brasil); (c) Desert ecosystem (Taklamakan Desert, Xinjiang, China).
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