A 3 year PhD position is available within the Courant Research Centre Geobiology to work on the molecular mechanisms of shell formation in the freshwater gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis. The successful candidate will join a small but growing group that applies molecular techniques to study the processes of biomineralisation in various organisms. The project will involve the high-throughput identification and characterisation of shell forming genes and proteins in L. stagnalis.
Resources available for this project include a shallow draft genome of L. stagnalis, next generation EST datasets derived from various tissues (including the mantle) and a proteome dataset derived from the shell of L. stagnalis. Infrastructure includes an automated high throughput in situ detection system, real time qPCR machine, chemiluminescent detector and all the standard equipment for routine molecular techniques.
The applicant should have a degree within a field of molecular evolution or molecular biology, and be able to display relevant experience with molecular techniques (essential), and be familiar with various bioinformatic analyses (desirable).
All applications should include the following:
- a statement of research interests (or letter of motivation)
- copies of any relevant publications
- at least 1 letter of reference (preferably 2) and the corresponding
contact details of these referees.
Applications must be submitted before September 30, 2011 and should be emailed to Daniel Jackson (djackso(at)uni-goettingen.de). Informal enquiries are also welcome.
Junior Professor Daniel J. Jackson
Courant Research Centre Geobiology
Georg-August University of Göttingen