PhD studentship: Stable Isotope Physiology

Location
Switzerland
Posted
Aug 03, 2017
Closes
Sep 15, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
The Sustainable Land Use Group at the University of Basel (Prof. Kahmen) seeks a PhD student in Stable Isotope Physiology. It will be within the ERC project HYDROCARB, which addresses the potential of stable hydrogen isotope ratios (δ2H values) in plant compounds as new proxy for the carbon metabolism in plants. Research suggests that exciting and previously unknown opportunities exist to exploit δ2H values in plant compounds for information on the carbohydrate metabolism of plants. Such an application of δ2H values would be highly relevant for a broad range of biological and biogeochemical disciplines.

 

Your assignments

The goal of HYDROCARB is to perform the experimental work that is now needed to identify the key biochemical and physiological processes that determine the metabolic information that is recorded in the δ2H values of plant organic compounds such as leaf wax lipids, lignin and cellulose. The key objective of the advertised PhD project is to perform experiments with different vascular plant species under controlled environmental conditions to identify the precise biochemical processes with respect to a plants carbohydrate metabolism that shape the δ2H values of different plant compounds.

 

Your profile

We are looking for a dynamic, reliable and motivated student with M.Sc./Diploma in biology, biochemistry, organic geochemistry or related disciplines. Strong interest in process-oriented research and hands-on experiences with analytical instruments (stable isotope mass spectrometers), biochemistry and analytical chemistry are beneficial. Teamwork within the group and project partners requires spoken and written English language skills.

 

We offer you

We are looking for a dynamic, reliable and motivated student with M.Sc./Diploma in biology, biochemistry, organic geochemistry or related disciplines. Strong interest in process-oriented research and hands-on experiences with analytical instruments (stable isotope mass spectrometers), biochemistry and analytical chemistry are beneficial. Teamwork within the group and project partners requires spoken and written English language skills.

 

Application / Contact

Application deadline is September 15th 2017. Further information can be obtained from Prof. Kahmen (ansgar.kahmen@unibas.ch).