Thesis / Student Internship Ecotoxicology / Ecology

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH-UFZ

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Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:
Ayesha Siddique
phone: +49 (0) 341/235-1494

Please submit your application via our online portal with your cover letter, CV (please omit your photo, age, or marital status) and relevant attachments.

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Place of work: Leipzig
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Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany
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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

Macroinvertebrates (e. g. insect larvae, shrimps) from agricultural streams can show significantly increased pesticide tolerance. Obviously, water pollution from agriculture requires various non-target organisms to adapt, with unknown ecological consequences. We investigate whether polluted populations show increased tolerance to pesticides and decreased ability to cope with additional environmental stressors. Additionally, the genetic structure may differ between agricultural and forest populations.

Thesis / Student Internship Ecotoxicology / Ecology
Subject: Ecotoxicology / Ecology

Start: 01. 09. 2019

Your tasks:

In this project you will get the opportunity to sample and analyze freshwater shrimps (Gammarus pulex) from various German locations in September - October in collaboration with a PhD student.

Kick-sampling of macroinvertebrates in streams
Taxa identification to calculate a bioindicator for pesticide pollution (SPEAR) based on the species composition
Acute sensitivity tests of G. pulex with pesticides. Comparison of dose-response curves for different populations
Acute sensitivity tests with a different environmental stressor (e.g. temperature)
Participation in the analysis of genetic diversity using AFLP

We offer:

Individual supervision with the possibility to contribute your own ideas
Great insights into the work in a leading research institute
State-of-art instruments and well equipped labs
Work in an international team of individuals from different disciplines
Your profile:

Studies in Biology, Geoecology, Environmental Sciences or similar
Willingness to work both in the field and in the laboratory
Very good English language skills
Driving license (car will be provided)
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH-UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig
Frau Ayesha Siddique
0341 235 1494
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