Chair for Environmental Microbiology

Institut für Siedlungswasserbau, Wassergüte- und Abfallwirtschaft

The Chair for Environmental Microbiology ....

Research at the
Department of Environmental Microbiology

The new Department of Environmental Microbiology headed by Prof. Dr. Sara Kleindienst works in the fields of Microbial Ecology, Environmental Omics, and Biogeochemistry and makes important contributions to the sustainability research topics environment, water, and biosystems. A main research focus is microbially mediated pollutant turnover in the environment. Current research projects in this area address microbial hydrocarbon degradation in the ocean, examine the microbial degradation of glyphosate in agricultural soils, and investigate microbial nitrate turnover in groundwater. We further explore interrelationships of microbial activities and biogeochemical cycles and identify environmental factors that influence microbial activities. We are using a combination of field-based research, controlled laboratory experiments, and cultivation and we employ cutting-edge techniques (e.g., metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and metaproteomics) to identify and to isolate microbial key-players within diverse microbial communities, to unravel metabolic pathways, and to shed light on the fate of pollutants in the environment. Our future work in the area of Environmental Microbiology will expand to exciting collaborations with Engineers at ISWA, the University of Stuttgart, and beyond.

Job Offers

Two PhD Student Positions in Environmental Microbiology 

The Department of Environmental Microbiology is delighted to announce two open ERC-funded positions for PhD students (3-4 years) who will either work on: “Identification of surfactant impacts on microbial glyphosate degraders in soils and freshwater sediments” or “Identification of surfactant impacts on N- and C-cycling microbial key players in soils and freshwater sediments”.

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Position as Junior Research Group Leader (Research Assistant) in Bioinformatics / Microbial Ecology

The newly established Department of Environmental Microbiology at the Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA) at the University of Stuttgart is delighted to announce an open position for a talented early career scientist to develop as a junior research group leader (3+3 years).

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Technische/n Assistentin/Assistenten im Bereich Molekulare Mikrobiologie / Mikrobielle Ökologie

In der neuen Arbeitsgruppe Umweltmikrobiologie am Institut für Siedlungswasserbau Wassergüte- und Abfallwirtschaft (ISWA) der Universität Stuttgart ist ab 1. Februar 2023 die Stelle einer/eines Technischen Assistentin/Assistenten im Bereich Molekulare Mikrobiologie/Mikrobielle Ökologie zu besetzten. 

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DAAD GSSP- Stipendienausschreibung

Title of the proposed research project: Surfactant impacts on the N-cycle in Wastewater Treatment Plants

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Sara Kleindienst


Leiterin Abteilung Umweltmikrobiologie

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