Doctoral researcher in biodiversity of the atmosphere (m/f/d) - Leipzig University

Doctoral researcher in biodiversity of the atmosphere (m/f/d)
Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is one of Germany’s largest universities and a leader in research and medical training. With around 30,000 students and more than 5000 members of staff across 14 faculties, it is at the heart of the vibrant and outward-looking city of Leipzig. Leipzig University offers an innovative and
international working environment as well as an exciting range of career opportunities in research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, infrastructure and administration.

The Institute of Biology at the Faculty of Life Sciences seeks to fill the above position from 1 June 2023 or at the earliest opportunity.

The composition and the number of biological particles in the atmosphere depends on the characteristics and state of ground emission sources, such as soil, vegetation and water bodies. Climate change and associated extreme events (e.g. droughts, floods, high radiation events) and disturbances may alter the biodiversity as well as the relative distribution and emission characteristics of these sources. Climate change and disturbances like fire also alter transport processes, e.g. by increasing the convective transport of biogenic particles into the atmosphere. However, little is known about the relative importance of these processes and how their interactions determine atmospheric biodiversity. Using experiments and field observations, the successful candidate will employ molecular biology and next-generation sequencing technologies to analyse how climate extremes affect atmospheric biodiversity, with a focus on the sources of emissions and the process of bioparticle release.

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