About the Project
You will directly test how adaptive evolution in the soil microbiome in response to environmental stressors (e.g. agricultural stressors and climate change) can alter different aspects of microbial ecosystem functioning, including respiration rate, protecting plants from pathogens and the maintenance of diverse plant communities. You will identify key taxa and/or functional traits in soil communities that are lost in stress-evolved communities - but crucial for ecosystem functioning, with the goal of informing novel probiotic approaches to maintaining soil health.
You will be embedded within a supportive and vibrant research community at the Institute of Integrative Biology at the University of Liverpool, and gain skills in microbial cultivation techniques, sampling natural microbial communities, molecular biology, metagenomics and transcriptomics. While existing skills in any of these areas would be helpful, the ability to drive a research project independently, strong inter-personal skills, motivation and curiosity are essential.
PhD students are strongly encouraged to participate in the range of professional development activities offered by the University of Liverpool, and training will be provided in research skills such as scientific writing, critical thinking, reviewing literature, presentation skills and statistical analysis.
Applicants should generally have an upper second or first class degree in biological or life sciences, evolutionary biology, ecology, zoology, microbiology, environmental sciences or any other relevant fields.
Applications (CV, letter of application, 2 referees) by email to [Email Address Removed] deadline: January 8th 2020. Interviews in or after the week commencing : 10th February 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed for only one project from the ACCE partnership.
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