The Functional Environmental Genomics group at the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics is looking for an ambitious postdoc to investigate activity and functioning of soil communities along environmental gradients through metatranscriptomics.
About the project
We offer projects that address questions about the spatial and/or temporal dynamics, ongoing changes, biotic interactions, functionality and activity of soil biodiversity through metatranscriptomics, with a focus on soil invertebrate communities. Specialised laboratory and bioinformatics infrastructure are available for this purpose, with hundreds of newly generated reference genomes supporting metatranscriptomic read identification in soil invertebrates. Possible study systems are a climate gradient in an alpine environment and and a spatio-temporal gradient of environmental change covering 25 years and 11 sites over Germany.
The Functional Environmental Genomics group aims to understand how structural and functional patterns of biodiversity change over space and time, and how these patterns are influenced by human impact. Work includes studies in community ecology and biomonitoring, whole genome sequencing, DNA- and RNA-based community analyses, ancient sedimentary DNA, and application of statistical tools to link changes in biodiversity to the environment1-9 . Our group is part of the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG) and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) within the Senckenberg – Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research, located close to the city centre of Frankfurt am Main. TBG provides access to cutting-edge laboratory, robotics and computational infrastructure. SBiK-F is an internationally renowned research hub covering interactions among the climate system and biodiversity. The group is interacting with researchers from the Senckenberg Soil Zoology Division in soil community projects, and maintains an active international network e.g. through the Soil Invertebrate Genome Initiative. The working language in the group is English.
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