The Department of Agrobiotechnology, IFA-Tulln, Institute of Bioanalytics and Agro-Metabolomics at BOKU University is looking for a motivated PhD student with a sound knowledge of analytical chemistry to join our recently funded research project "playNICE".
The successful PhD student will investigate metabolites that act as biological nitrification inhibitors with Orbitrap-Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry.
Such compounds are small molecules that are secreted into the rhizosphere where they interact with microorganisms by inhibiting the microbially-mediated conversion of ammonium to nitrite and nitrate.
This inhibition will allow to retain more ammonium in the soil and thus increase plant nitrogen use efficiency. The project aims to investigate known BNI compounds and their occurrence by state-of-the-art analytical methods, to find chemically similar compounds also acting as BNIs, and to investigate their biodegradation in soil by microorganisms.
The PhD work and the playNICE project will be carried out in an interdisciplinary collaboration between 6 PostDoc-researchers from differente disciplines (analytical chemistry and metabolomics bioniformatics situated at the BOKU Department IFA-Tulln as well as microbial ecology, soil science, plant physiology and genome / transcriptome bioinformatics located at the University of Vienna).
The PhD student will therefore work in an interdisciplinary scientific team, and closely collaborate with researchers from the complementary scientific disciplines.
The PhD position is financed for three years (30h / week) and the candidate will be enrolled as PhD student at the BOKU and carry out their research in the department IFA-Tulln.
We are looking for an ambitious, enthusiastic, team player and result-driven scientifst with the following qualifications :
The position will be available starting January 2021 and will remain open until filled. Please note that your application will be forwarded to the project team and the involved supervisor(s) for further evaluation.
Gross monthly salary and pay grade in terms of collective agreement for university staff (payable 14 times per year) : B1, € of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna seeks to increase the number of its female faculty and staff members.
Therefore qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference unless reasons specific to an individual male candidate tilt the balance in his favour.
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