PhD in Glacial Microbiology/Ecology available

We are seeking a PhD student to investigate the changes in glacial microbial communities associated with deglaciation as part of a larger project funded by the Czech Science Foundation.

The student will conduct long-term laboratory incubation experiments to simulate the merging of the supra- and subglacial ecosystems at glacier margins during deglaciation and to study the development of the microbial community in this newly formed ecosystem based on metagenomics/transcriptomic data.

The position is available for up to four years, starting in October 2016. The student’s net monthly income will start at CZK 16,500 (EUR 610) in the first year, and may progressively increase with experience and achievements during the study. (Note that living expenses in the Czech Republic are lower than in Western European countries.) The student will work under supervision of Dr Marek Stibal at the Department of Ecology, Charles University in Prague.

The successful candidate will have a background in the areas of microbiology, ecology, and/or biogeochemistry. Knowledge of ecological modelling and/or bioinformatics will be a great advantage. Special consideration will be given to those candidates with Arctic field experience and experience with molecular (DNA/RNA extraction, (RT-)PCR, metagenomics/transcriptomic sequencing) and laboratory incubation techniques in microbiology.

The candidate must have obtained a degree equivalent to a M.Sc. in biology or related fields by September 2016. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is essential for candidates of any nationality (this language is fully sufficient for living in Prague and working at the department, and Czech candidates must be equally able to fluently communicate with their foreign colleagues).


further information please contact Dr Marek Stibal by the end of March 2016. Please include a CV, transcripts, a short statement of relevant research experience and interests, and the contact information for two referees.

PhD position Prague pdf