The GeneOil project is a cooperation between Lundin Norway, the University of Duisburg-Essen and the GFZ. The project aims to identify the sources of microbial DNA in hydrocarbon reservoirs in order to develop a better understanding of current and past microbial activity in both the current reservoir and the environment in which the source rock was deposited. Responsibilities include: development of strategies for sampling and conservation of samples for genomic analyses on offshore drilling and production platforms; development of methods for the extraction of DNA and other biomolecules from crude oil; quantification of microbial activity using molecular biological (FISH, BONCAT, qPCR) and biogeochemical techniques (radioisotope incubations). The envisioned starting date is June 1st, but given the current situation we have some flexibility. The application deadline is extended to May 14, 2020.
This position will focus on carrying out multi-disciplinary and cutting edge research on the role of microorganisms in forming low temperature ore deposits in Spain and Ireland. The position is jointly hosted by the ore genesis group of the Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry Section and the Geomicrobiology Section at GFZ Potsdam. Initially the position will be for two years with the possibility of an extension. Please submit your application online by August 20, 2019.