Climate warming is transforming the Arctic at an unprecedented rate. Previously barren landscapes are “greening” as a result of longer snow-free periods and increases in plant growth. Although the Arctic is warming almost everywhere, patterns of Arctic greening and changes in the Arctic biosphere are highly diverse. As Arctic landscapes continue to change, we need to understand the biological and physical-chemical feedbacks associated with the Arctic’s transition into this novel state.
For a new project funded by ETH Zurich’s highly competitive internal Research Grant Program, we are looking for three highly motivated PhD candidates to work on interdisciplinary approaches to develop a deeper understanding of the evolutionary, ecological and biogeochemical processes underlying Arctic greening. One of the main objectives of this project is to test how far the observed vegetation changes throughout the Arctic are tied not only to warming, but to changes in soil properties and soil microbial communities.
We will study ecosystems of the High-Arctic Svalbard Archipelago and northern Norway to determine the underlying interactions between plants, soils and microbial communities across geoclimatic gradients. For this we will work in interdisciplinary teams using experiments that have been designed to assess the response of Arctic ecosystems to warming and how soil-vegetation-microbial interactions will govern the pace and shape of Arctic greening, Arctic biodiversity changes and biogeochemical cycles. The project is led by a consortium of researchers from ETH, WSL and NINA.
Your primary PhD supervisor will be Sebastian Dötterl and your main responsibilities will be to access adaptations of microbial communities to soil development and consequences for soil organic matter stabilization and turnover in Arctic systems. This includes the following tasks:
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed from the beginning of October onwards until the position is filled.
Further information about the Soil Resources group can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to the primary supervisor Prof. Sebastian Dötterl, email@example.com (no applications).
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|Title||PhD Arctic Greening – Soil-Microbiota-Interactions|
|Job location||Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zurich|
|Published||August 31, 2021|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Ecology,   Statistics,   Bioinformatics,   Molecular Biology,   Microbiology,   Soil Science,   Geochemistry  |