Research Assistant

A 5-year postdoctoral position to investigate microbial interactions in aquatic environments

The Pelagic Microbiology Group at the ICBM (Institute of Biology and Chemistry of the Marine Environment) of the University of Oldenburg, Germany, offers a position as a Research Assistant starting latest August 2024 and limited to five years from starting date. The position offers the possibility of habilitation. The position is suitable for part-time work.

The main goal of the research assistant is to investigate microbial associations and interactions in aquatic environments. To do this, we will use a combination of cultivation and state-of-the-art technologies such as metagenomics and metabolomics. Some specific research lines that could be investigated relate to streamlining, auxotrophies, symbiotic relationship continuum, and microbial use and production of dissolved organic matter, among others. The project provides ample opportunities to develop research ideas as well as to establish collaborations within the ICBM and internationally.

We are seeking for an innovative, energetic, and collaborative individual. While research skills related to the above-mentioned topics are of merit, the duration of the position will also allow the successful applicant to acquire further computational and wet lab skills. Moreover, we expect participation in teaching courses in the field of marine microbial ecology.

The following qualifications are required:

- Qualifying academic university degree (Master or diploma (not of a University of Applied Sciences) in microbiology or a related discipline,
- PhD degree in microbial ecology or a related discipline,
- Experience working in an international environment,
- Proven ability to work both as part of a team as well as independently,
- Ability to both provide and act on constructive criticism.

Please send the following documents as a pdf (no larger than 10 Mbyte):

- Cover letter in English, containing
Your expectations from, and intentions with the education
Why you are interested in the specific project
What makes you suitable for this position
- Curriculum vitae with research experience and publications
- Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 3 files)
Send your application by e-mail to Sarahi Garcia ( with the following subject line:
002 Researcher – Your Name.

Application deadline:
Start date:
Location: Oldenburg, Germany