The working group Biodiversity and Biological Processes of polar Seas at the ICBM (Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment), Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg in Oldenburg, offers two positions:

3-year Scientist-position in Molecular biology (TVL-E13, 100%) (#1)

3-years PhD-position (TVL-E13/50%) in Molecular biology (#2)

within the project PEKRIS (The PErformance of KRIll vs. Salps to withstand in a warming Southern Ocean), funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) from July 1st 2016 to June 30th 2019.

The scientist candidate should perform the work on the tunicate Salpa thompsoni, whereas the PhD candidate should perform the work on Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba.

For detailed project information contact Prof. Dr. Bettina Meyer

Project aim: The overall goal of the Subproject 1 of the PEKRIS project (“Physiological and genetic traits of krill vs. salps supporting potential adaptation to a warming Southern Ocean”), are to understand the general principles of thermal adaptation of krill and salps defined by their genetic make-up. It is aspired to characterize the thermal window of krill and salps in the Southern Ocean in respect to important physiological life cycle functions (lipid accumulation and utilization, reproduction, growth metabolic activity). The goal of the transcriptomic approach is to identify differentially expressed genes which contribute to these important life cycle functions and new candidate genes of both species, which contribute to their plasticity and adaptation to temperature stress. We aim to identify gene clusters and networks, which define sensitivity and adaptability of both species from which almost no (salps) or only few (krill) essential functional transcriptomic informat
ion are available.

Profile of the Candidates: The successful candidates are expected to have an academic university degree (Master or Diploma) and hold a doctoral degree (Scientist position #1) or academic university degree (PhD position #2) in molecular biology, genetics, biology or marine biology.
The Scientist candidate must be very well familiar with basic and advanced techniques to investigate cDNA-gene-expression-profiles in invertebrates, for example Real-Time-PCR (SYBR Green und TaqMan Chemie), TaqMan Low Density Arrays, next generation sequencing as well as bioinformatics, analysis and interpretation of next generation sequencing data, multi-variate statistic etc.
The PhD candidate must be familiar with basic techniques in molecular biology (RNA isolation, qPCR, bioinformatics) on invertebrates.
Both candidates should have skills in experimentation and maintenance of invertebrates.
The international nature of the project requires fluency in spoken and written English and good presentation and publication skills. The successful candidates are embedded in the working group of Biodiversity and biological processes in Polar Seas, headed by Prof. Dr. Bettina Meyer. It is expected that both candidates work in close cooperation self reliably on this project. The position requires the ability to manage months-long research expeditions as well as expedition to our cooperative scientific partners at the AAD in Kingston, Tasmania.

The Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg is dedicated to increase the percentage of female employees in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance to § 21 Section 3 NHG, female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. People with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified.

Please send your application for the specific position (Scientist position #1 or PhD position #2) including a cover letter with motivation, copies of your certificates, a list of your most relevant publications, a CV, and the names and addresses of two referees as a single pdf-file not exceeding 10 MByte via e-mail to Prof. Dr. Bettina Meyer ( or by mail to the ICBM office c/o Elke Hoxha (, Postfach 2503, D-26111 Oldenburg, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 9-11. All applications must be submitted by July 30th 2016. Our ideal starting date would be October 1st 2016.

Prof. Dr. Bettina Meyer
Ecophysiology of pelagic key species
Helmholtz Virtual Institute PolarTime

Section Polar Biological Oceanography
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research Am Handelshafen 12
D-27570 Bremerhaven
Building E, room 2340
phone: +49 (0)471 4831 1378
fax +49 (0)471 4831 1149

Professor, Biodiversity and Biological Processes in Polar Seas Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM)

Carl-von-Ossietzky University
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Straße 9-11
D-26111 Oldenburg
Building W3, room 0-025
phone: +49 (0)441-798-3567
fax: +49 (0)441-798-3404

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