The successful candidate will establish a population dynamics model of marine heterotrophic bacteria that captures metabolic constraints, the acquisition and regulation of energy and its utilization for growth, reproduction, and survival. In the first step the model will describe the growth of a single bacterial population.
Next, the model will be extended to include the interaction between different bacterial strains, bacteria and microalgae, and bacteria and viruses. Model results will be tested in defined cultivation experiments (performed by collaborators).
The candidate will benefit from the broad experience in mathematical modelling in Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius' group in Oldenburg and additionally from the tight interactions with experimental groups at the ICBM and the Roseobacter project, which will allow for calibration and validation of model predictions with experimental measurements by the consortium.
Ultimately, we expect to gain new fundamental insights into principles of theoretical ecology. With heterotrophic bacteria playing an important role in the global ocean, the results will be key in understanding the functioning of the global ocean.
We are looking for a candidate holding an above-average academic university degree and a PhD in applied mathematics, physics, theoretical ecology or a closely related subject. Applicants must have a strong background in mathematical modeling and dynamical systems. Applicants should be fluent in written and spoken English and should have a strong interest to work in a multidisciplinary team.