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PhD Position (f/m/d)

We invite applications for several PhD positions within our interdisciplinary DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center 1357 Microplastics at the University of Bayreuth. The positions are limited to 31.12.2026. The salary is in accordance with the German Public Service salary scale (TV-L E13).

                                PhD Position (m/f/d) CRC 1357 Microplastics

The CRC 1357 project:

The DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center "Microplastics" links the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Earth Sciences at the University of Bayreuth. In its second funding period (2023-2026), the CRC 1357 investigates the biological effects of microplastics on various organisms, the transport of microplastics in and between air, water and soil, the formation and aging of microplastics, and new approaches to solutions in the field of environmentally friendly plastics. As a doctoral researcher within the CRC 1357 you profit from an interdisciplinary team, working on an application-oriented research field and you can contribute answering fundamental questions. All PhD students will receive an individual and interdisciplinary qualification through the University of Bayreuth Graduate School and the structured BayNAT - PhD Program Interdisciplinary Microplastics Sciences, that will link all PhD candidates studying microplastics from all participating disciplines.

Your general profile:

  • Very good master thesis in biology, chemistry, physics, material sciences or environmental sciences. Please pay close attention to the specific requirements of the respective PhD position.
  • Ability to work independently and in a structured manner and on schedule.
  • Commitment, high flexibility, team spirit
  • Very good knowledge of English (written and spoken).

For more information about the specific requiremesns of the offered positions please have a look at the short descriptions below.


The link to submit your online application through the UBT application portal or the application portals of the external partner institutes as well as more information on application deadlines and contact persons for the specific position you find in the short descripetions below

PhD Bioanalytical Science - Project A03Hide

Project:        A03 PhD Position Mass Spectrometry Imaging: Biological Effects of Microplastics

This methodological project deals with characterization of molecular and histological effects of microplastics in tissues (sections) of aquatic and terrestrial model organisms. A combination of imaging analysis methods (FTIR, Raman, mass spectrometry) and classical histology will be used for this purpose. The main task of this position will be to further develop mass spectrometry imaging methods for model organisms and microplastics. This includes sample preparation, data acquisition parameters and data analysis approaches. By combining these results with complementary imaging techniques within project A03 and the CRC, molecular and histological effects in tissue can be directly linked to a single (identified) MP particle.

Profile: The successful candidate has good knowledge and practical experience in analytical-chemical methods, ideally mass spectrometry. Previous work in the area of biological/biomedical or ecotoxicological applications is a plus. Experience with high resolution mass spectrometry, imaging techniques and/or programming skills are a benefit but not a requirement.

Research group:       The Chair of Bioanalytical Sciences and Food Analysis develops new analytical methods. The focus is on (high resolution) mass spectrometry and imaging techniques.
Dienstort: Campus Bayreuth, Universität Bayreuth, Deutschland  
A03: Characterisation of molecular and histological effects of MP particles in tissue (sections) of aquatic and terrestrial model organisms

Startdatum: ab sofort

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