CREAF is seeking for a PhD student - Early Stage Researcher (ESR8), to be beneficiary of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN fellowship. This predoctoral researcher will be part of the FutureArtic project (“A glimpse into the Arctic future: equipping a unique natural experiment for next‐generation ecosystem research”), funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813114.
The labour contract linked to the fellowship is expected to start in September 2019, with a total duration of 36 months.
Your PhD project: “Plant and soil metabolome in a warming subarctic”Soil microbiota and “soil metabolome” is expected to change with warming. Stress protection in plants changes their metabolic activity. Studying the metabolome profile will allow assessing changes in C and nutrient use and the effects on element stoichiometry, as well as plasticity and adaptation capacity of different species. The PhD student will use HPLC-MS/MS, GC.MS/MS and P31-NMR metabolome profile analysis to determine the most active metabolic pathways. She/he will examine whether short-term and long-term warming allow assessing the role of evolutionary processes in the metabolome and also the elementome. She/he will conduct a multidimensional analysis of metabolic pathways triggered in different species and soil under different temperatures, explaining shifts in plant community functioning, soil functioning and carbon and nutrient metabolism, and distinguishing short-term plasticity and long-term adaptation.
SecondmentsShe/he will be seconded by other FutureArctic partners 1, 3 and 4 (UCPH, UIBK and IMEC), to link metabolomics and carbon balances and figure it out the source of that carbon. She/he will also use machine-based learning and developing algorithms for complex metabolomics analysis (with ESR 8 and 13).
The selection process is led by the project research team, and will be overseen by the Management Office and the Human Resources Area of CREAF. This process consists of:
For additional information about the research project and this individual position, please contact: Prof. Dr. Josep Peñuelas, e-mail Josep.Penuelas@uab.cat
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