Genomics of ancient and modern microbiomes in thawing permafrost
Duration of contract: 3.2 years
Planned starting date: ASAP
Place of work: University of Vienna
The PostDoc position is embedded in a multi-disciplinary team and will use mainly computational methods to study permafrost microbiomes. They will focus on reconstructing ancient DNA preservation in permafrost soils across gradients from the Southern boundary of permafrost in the boreal forest, to the continuous permafrost region in the Arctic tundra, to distinguish ancient and current microbial communities and elucidating their genomic potential by advanced bioinformatic approaches. The PostDoc position will not only analyze and model microbiome data from permafrost samples, but also improve the repertoire of computational tools and resources for modern and ancient soil microbiomes.
Together with the second Postdoc in this WP, they will be involved in the molecular analysis (18O-quantitative stable isotope probing and metagenomics) of the thawing experiments.