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Scientific researcher for the project ‘Metagenetic upgrading of biodiversity research on
free-living marine nematodes in Vietnam’
Project: Mangroves are located at the boundary between marine and terrestrial environments
and provide shelter for important fish species. Unfortunately mangroves are also strongly
impacted by coastal development, altering biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Nematodes are often used as bioindicators for the health of an area because nematode species
show different responses to environmental stressors and because their small sizes prevent
escape from the impacted area. However, their small body size and lack of easily observable
morphological characters complicates their identification, and makes the study of nematode
communities very labour intensive. In this project, we built upon the reference database
with identified and sequenced nematode species from the Can Gio mangrove area in
Vietnam. Nematode communities from 3 zones in the Can Gio mangrove system: a
pristine area, an aquaculture area and an industrial area will be analysed through next
generation sequencing of their DNA and RNA. The combination of the RNA shotgun
sequencing approach and the DNA metagenetic approach will provide crucial
information to develop efficient monitoring systems to understand the effect stressors
have on ecosystems worldwide.
we are looking for an enthousiastic colleague
- holding a master in biology or biotechnology or nematology or marine sciences
by the first of September 2016
- with experience in molecular wet lab practices (DNA extraction, PCR); experience
in next generation sequencing is an asset
- highly interested in (meta)barcoding and in metatranscriptomics of meiofauna
from human impacted areas
- with well-developed bioinformatic skills; experience with perl, QIIME and R are
an asset
- with very good english writing and presenting skills
- preparation of metagenetic and transcriptomic libraries
- analyses of Illumina Miseq and Hiseq sequence data
- distribute results through science communication
Working environment:
- a two year full time contract (salary according to barema’s)
- the project is a collaboration between the Marine Biology Research group
(UGent) and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels. The core
activities will be conducted in RBINS
- RBINS has a dynamic team dedicated to DNA barcoding and metabarcoding, and
has all equipment available for preparation of next generation sequencing
Send your CV and motivation letter with contact information of two referents to Dr Sofie
Derycke ([email protected]) before June 24th 2016, 12 am. For more
information, contact Dr Sofie Derycke or Prof Dr Ann Vanreusel
([email protected]).