PhD position in Glacial Microbiology and Biogeochemistry available from October 2018

Subglacial methane reservoirs may be an important component of the global methane budget, with the potential to act as a positive feedback on climate warming during glacier melting. While significant attention has been paid to methane sources in subglacial ecosystems, subglacial methane sinks are largely unknown.

We are seeking a motivated PhD student to investigate microbial methane oxidation beneath the Greenland ice sheet. The studentship is one of Charles University’s Faculty of Science STARS programme projects and part of a research project funded by the Czech Science Foundation.

The student will conduct long-term incubation experiments with subglacial sediments and use a combination of analytical, molecular biology, and modelling methods in order to estimate the role of microbial methane oxidation in subglacial methane cycling. The research may also involve sample collection in the Arctic.

The position is available for up to four years, starting in October 2018. The successful candidate will have a background in the areas of microbiology, ecology, and/or biogeochemistry, and must have obtained a degree equivalent to a M.Sc. in biology or related fields by September 2018.

More details about the position can be found here. For further information about the project and/or application process please check the STARS PhD website or contact Dr Marek Stibal ( The application deadline is 16 March 2018.

Sampling basal ice at Leverett Glacier (SW Greenland) Photo: P. Vinšová