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PhD position DNA metabarcoding available

The University of Duisburg-Essen (Campus Essen)
Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU)
Aquatic Ecosystem Research Group (Leese-Lab) offers

1 PhD position (Part-time 55%; salary equivalent TV-L 13)
in Genetic Monitoring / Metabarcoding
(BMBF German Barcode of Life 2 subproject)

The group of Prof. Florian Leese is interested in developing new
molecular approaches to assess the ecological status of aquatic
ecosystems. Specifically, we develop and apply DNA metabarcoding
to monitor changes in stream communities under environmental
stressors. Furthermore, we utilize genome- wide markers and perform
transcriptional profiling to understand population and organismal
responses to multiple stressors. As part of a recently granted subproject
within the large collaborative German Barcode of Life Project (GBOL2,
funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF),
we want to bring DNA metabarcoding of freshwater invertebrates to
the application stage. In cooperation with our collaborators at
the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (Bonn, Germany),
the candidate will collect samples, perform experiments, generate and
analyse next-generation sequencing data on whole communities (amplicon
sequencing). Further reading: Elbrecht & Leese, PLoS ONE 2015, DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0130324; Macher, Salis et al., Ecological Indicators,

The successful candidate (f/m) will hold a Master in Biology, Chemistry or
Bioinformatics and has good experience in molecular lab work. Furthermore,
he/she has experience and strong interest in a programming or
scripting language (e.g. R, C, Python). Candidates will benefit from the
international and interdisciplinary research environment at the research
group, the GBOL2 project and the ZWU. Excellent high-throughput genomics
and bioinformatics equipment are available in the newly equipped labs.

The position will start as soon as possible initially for 2,5 years
(will be extended).  Deadline: 29. February 2016

For more information please visit:

Please send applications as a single pdf file with reference code
42-16 to For questions please contact

We are one of the youngest universities in Germany and think in terms
of possibilities, not limitations. In the heart of the Ruhrregion,
we develop ideas of the future at our 11 faculties. We are strong in
research and teaching, live diversity, support potential and are highly
committed to an educational equality that has earned this name.

The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting
the diversity of its members (see http://www.uni- Applications from disabled persons
or equivalents according to ง 2 Abs. 3 SGB IX are encouraged.

The University Duisburg-Essen has been awarded for its effort to promote
gender equality with the “Total-E- Quality-Award”. It aims at increasing
the share of women in the scientific personnel and therefore explicitly
encourages women to apply. Women will be preferentially considered when
equally qualified according to the state equality law.

Link to original job offer: URL:

Prof. Dr. Florian Leese
University of Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Biology
Aquatic Ecosystem Research
Universitaetsstrasse 5
D-45141 Essen, Germany

+49 201.183-4053  |  @leeselab

DNA metabarcoding talks in Bonn and Landau + Video

In January, Vasco Elbrecht was invited to present our latest DNA metabarcoding results at the Museum Koenig (Bonn) and the University of Landau. The talk held in Landau is available on YouTube.
The presented projects will be summited for publication shortly, but we are happy to share primers and information per E-Mail.

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Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 13.45.15Photo: Vasco Elbrecht in front of the Savanna landscape at the museum Koenig.