Alfred Wegener Institute - Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

PostDoc “Do you remember? Epigenetic and ecological memory” (m/f/d) (BB-56CAD)

Gefunden in: Neuvoo DE


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PostDoc “Do you remember? Epigenetic and ecological memory” (m/f/d)

This project investigates epigenetic and ecological memory of climate variability and extreme events. Three main experiments will investigate (1) organism responses, (2) molecular mechanisms, and (3) the role of ecological memory in community resilience to recurring extreme events.
The main goals of the project are to identify acclimation and adaptive capacity of key traits growth, physiology) and their underlying molecular mechanisms using controlled laboratory experiments, and investigate the role of these in coastal communities using large-scale mesocosm experiments. In collaboration with modellers, results from this project will also be used to parameterise ecological network and ocean climate models, with the ultimate goal of improving the predictive capacity of species responses to future increases in climate variability and extreme events.

The position is part of our recruiting initiative AWI INSPIRES - INternational Science Program for Integrative Research in Earth Systems. AWI INSPIRES aims at strengthening our new research program “Changing Earth, Sustaining our Future”. Details about all open positions and the general application requirements can be found at will:

  • conduct breeding (fish), laboratory and mesocosm experiments using intertidal organisms

  • acquire and analyse phenotypic and ecosystem processes data resulting from experiments

  • acquire and analyse corresponding transcriptome and methylome (WGBS) data of the selected fish species

  • correlate molecular, physiological and phenotypic data with environmental conditions

  • participate in supervising student helpers, bachelor and Master’s students within the project.

  • Requirements

  • PhD in biology, bioinformatics or related field

  • practical experience with standard molecular genetic techniques (RNAseq, RRBS and/or WGBS) and large scale NGS data analyses tools (R, bioinformatics programs)

  • practical experience with laboratory and field experiments, (fish husbandry an asset)

  • excellent skills in English (spoken and written)

  • proven ability to publish manuscripts related to project work.

  • Further Information
    The AWI is characterised by

    The AWI is characterised by

  • our scientific success - excellent research.

  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary.

  • opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI.

  • a culture of reconciling work and family – an audited and well-supported aspect of our operation

  • our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more.

  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world.

  • having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance

  • flat hierarchies – facilitating freedom and responsibility

  • exciting science topics, with opportunities also in technology, administration and infrastructure

  • Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

    Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

    The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

    This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.

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