For the Department of Plankton and Microbial Ecology in the MIBI group (HP Grossart) of the IGB at Lake Stechlin, we are looking for a Postdoc (f/m/x) as of 1st of February 2024, for a project using metagenomics to follow microbial colonization and antibiotics gene transmission between prokaryotes and microeukaryotes (fungi & protists) on microplastics.
The work is carried out as part of a multidisciplinary EU-Horizon project (TULIP), which focuses on the nexus of three major interconnected crises the global society faces on a planetary scale: the silent pandemic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), plastic pollution and climate change. In their own right, plastic pollution and climate change cause devastating impacts on Earth’s ecosystems and present a formidable threat to health, biodiversity and water security. Temperature changes may further increase the length of the period suitable for cell division and HGT, creating new habitats for ARB to exist, spread and develop, e.g., in waste-water treatment plants (WWTP) outflows and thus in lakes and rivers. Overflooding of WWTPs due to extreme rain events related to climate change may facilitate the discharge of untreated waters into the environment and increase the spread of AMR and plastic waste.
To reach TULIP’s objectives, we will conduct our research and activities in two different socio-ecological settings characterized by distinctive exposure to plastic pollution, climate change impacts, AMR spread, policy and regulation contexts, socio-economic level and cultural background. TULIP will be implemented in Italy and the Philippines.