VLIZ aims to improve the understanding of the multitude of ways that the diversity and abundance of microbial organisms (bacteria, Archaea, protists and protozoa) shape the biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem services of the global ocean. The “viral shunt” - i.e. the degradation of microbes to dissolved organic matter through viral infections - plays a critical role in nutrient and carbon fluxes and the maintenance of microbial diversity, yet little is known about the presence and diversity of viruses in the Southern Bight of the North Sea. This project, in collaboration with the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, will be among the first to identify and quantify marine viruses in this region and evaluate the diversity of these life forms in relation to their microbial hosts. We are looking for a motivated scientist with a strong interest in microbiology and molecular techniques to perform this project.
For more information, please refer to: http://www.vliz.be/en/vacancy/14-new-research-positions-2019