The Systems Biology of Microbial Communities group of the Department of Environmental Microbiology offers the following thesis: Master Thesis (m/f)

Your tasks:

Quantification of biomass concentrations in biogas reactors

Bioenergy, especially the microbial biogas formation from organic matter, is a valuable renewable energy source. The biogas process requires a fine-tuned interplay between metabolically and physiologically differing bacteria and archaea. Our group aims at closing the gap between observations of the microbial activity on the molecular scale and of the process performance on the macro scale. Therefore, a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches is applied. For this purpose, an exact quantification of biomass concentrations is of high importance. In this project, several molecular methods for quantification of sub-communities such as volatile fatty acid oxidizing bacteria or methanogenic archaea and of individual families or genera of the biogas process will be applied.

Your tasks:

  • DNA extraction
  • Cloning and plasmid preparation
  • Quantitative PCR
  • FISH (Fluorescence in-situ hybridization)
  • Statistical evaluation

Your profile:

Your profile:

  • Studies of biology, biochemistry, environmental or related sciences
  • Highly motivated
  • Strong interest in the topic
  • Ability to work independently and well-structured

We offer:

  • insights into a very important research topic
  • access to well-equipped isotope and molecular biology laboratories
  • hands-on experience on a wide range of molecular techniques and stable
  • isotope measurement methods
  • dedicated supervision

Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:
Denny Popp

Closing date for applications:

Place of work: Leipzig

Please use our online application system for your application.

More information about jobs at the

Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

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