We seek for a highly motivated master’s student for a research project about salt dissolution at the Dead Sea. The research consists of laboratory experiments and will be conducted at the AKIS School for desert research in Sede Boker in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Israel. B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering/ Earth Science/ Water Engineering/ Chemical Engineering/ Soil Science or similar disciplines is required.
Farming a changing planet - the plant’s perspective...
Looking for: Master, PhD student
A plant-physiology lab in Gilat, ARO, is
seeking research students. The coming year we will study how
fertilization, irrigation, and soil temperatures determine trees’ energetic
balances throughout winter. Contact me if you are interested in an
intriguing study that combines field studies, lab work, and classes at HUJI or
The local desert truffle grows in the Negev desert in symbiosis(mycorrhiza) with its host plant Helianthemum sessiliflorum. We study the fungus to develop it as a new crop. We study the following topics:
The pre-symbiotic signal exchange between three partners(chemotropism) fungus-plant- bacteria.
Transcriptome analyses of the fungus and the plant grownunder various conditions leading to different lifestyles of thefungus (Ect/Endo lifestyles).
The ecology aspects of living in the desert and symbiosis-mating system, survival, development.
The work is carried at all levels including physiology, molecularbiology, bioinformatics and ecology. The laboratory is located at Beer-Sheva.
Dr. Tel-Zur's lab is offering a master position to
study crop species candidates for arid and semi-arid zone agriculture.
Candidates should have a strong
background in: Plant physiology
Reproductive biology Be highly motivated, independently productive and a team player.
Ido Regev's Lab, Ben-Gurion University Statistical and nonlinear physics
Looking for: Master, PhD students, Postdoc fellow
We are looking for exact sciences and engineering students and postdocs to work on different physics phenomena related to the environment. Possible topics include, physics of granular materials, wetting and drying in porous media and biophysics.
Our goal is to identify genes and molecular markers that are suitable for controlling agricultural pests and generating resistant plants. This knowledge is also critical for uncovering the effects of multiple biotic and abiotic stresses of dryland plants. We are located at Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, BGU, campus Sede Boqer. We are looking for highly motivated and ambitious master, Ph.D. students and postdocs to join the lab.
Our lab main interest is focused on protein biosynthesis in plants and rational design of novel agrochemicals. Our current work at ARO also include research on agricultural important plants (mainly root vegetables).
סקרן\ית ובעל\ת מוטיבציה לפרויקטים במעבדה העוסקת בפיתוח ״מולקולות חכמות״ לשיפור היבול. המחקר מתבצע במרכז לחקלאות על סף המדבר גילת ויכלול זיהו אפיון ופיתוח מולקולות להגנת הצומח ושיפור היבול בירקות שורש. מחקר משלב עבודה ביוכימית ושיטות של כימיה חישובית. לימודים עיוניים
יתאפשרו במספר אוניברסיטאות בארץ.
Chris Arnusch's Lab, Yoram Oren's Lab and Shaul Sorek's Lab Advanced transport characteristics of RO and NF membranes by patterned selective layers
Looking for: MSc, PhD student
The successful candidate should have an interest in both practical experimentation in a laboratory and development of a theoretical model and its numerical simulation. The student will combine experimental data generated in the laboratory with mathematical predictions to explain new phenomenon observed. Laboratory methods will include development of new polymer membranes using ink-jet printing, or laser technology. Modeling will be based on the development and solution of Ordinary Differential Equations. Preferred background/experience: Chemical engineering, chemistry, mechanical engineering. Positions available immediately at Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben Gurion University, Sede Boker Campus. This project is funded by the Water Authority in Israel.
The successful candidate will study electo- and photo-catalytic membranes by development of polymer-graphene based materials. Degradation of pollutants in water, and fouling of the surfaces will be studied. This project is funded by the BSF. This project is in collaboration with Prof. James Tour (Rice University, Houston, USA), and Prof. David Jassby (University of California-Riverside), therefore students will be expected to spend part of their research training in the USA. More information: www.arnuschlab.weebly.com; The Tour Group: http://tournas.rice.edu/website/ or http://www.jmtour.com; The Jassby Group: http://davidjassby.wix.com/david-jassby
Development of Composite Membranes for Water Treatment and Desalination
Looking for: MSc, PhD student
Controlled polymerization techniques will be used for preparing thin-film polymeric layers on porous templates; characterization of surface chemistry, and evaluation of membrane filtration properties. The research is funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, the Italy-Israel program.
Impact of aquifer water quality on bacterial concentrations, activity and diversity
Looking for: Master student
Water quality in aquifer is often deteriorating due to constant drawing as well as percolation of different anthropogenic contaminates. The primary goal of the proposed study is to characterize the impact of water quality on aquifer microbiota. The insights from this project may provide new tools for aquifer reclamation and management. Candidate prerequisite is a BSc in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Civil and environmental engineering or Soil and water. Preference will be given to candidates with molecular and field sampling experience. link: מיקרוביולוגיה באקויפרים
Yair Kaufman's Lab The effect of nano and micro texture/roughness on ‘wetting’
Looking for: MSc, PhD student and Postdoc fellow
Micro and nano texture/roughness can prevent water and oils from spreading on surfaces, i.e., can render surfaces omniphobic; however, there is no theoretical model that can quantitatively predict what kind of texture (shape, slope and size) is required to render surfaces omniphobic. Recently, we developed a theoretical model that addresses this challenge. The model defines the shape, the slopes and the size of the cavities/textures that yield omniphobic surfaces. In this project we aim to test the theoretical model by (1) fabricating different micro and nano texture using ‘cleanroom’ facilities. Then, we will (2) measure the effect of these textures on the surface wettability, and (3) compare the results to the model predictions. Suitable background would be chemical/material/mechanical engineering, physics or chemistry. More information can be found here: www.yairkaufman.com. The project is carried out in collaboration with Israelachvili’s group from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Ofer Dahan's Lab and Naama Avrahamov's Lab and Roey Egozi's Lab
The implication of rainfall-runoff-infiltration relations in southern Judea Mountain on groundwater
Looking for: MSc student
The proposed study aims at investigating the mechanism controlling the relations between rainfall, runoff, and deep infiltration in terraced in southern Judea Mountain. The study involves hydrological field measurements well as laboratory analysis. The proposed research is a collaborative of three research groups representing disciplines in hydrology: 1) Dr. Naama Avrahamov– a geochemist of groundwater from Judea R&D Center, (2) Prof. Ofer Dahan – a vadose zone hydrologist from the Department of Environmental Hydrology & Microbiology, ZIWR, and (3) Dr. Roey Egozi – a hydro-geomorphologist from the Soil Erosion Research Station. This offer is open for a MSc student.
Impact of coastal feedwater characteristics on the performance of SWRO desalination facilities
Looking for: MSc, PhD student
The research will combine filed studies using a pilot system at IOLR (Haifa) and full scale testing at the Hadera desalination facility as well as controlled laboratory experiments at the ZIWR, Ben-Gurion University. The techniques used throughout the project will include molecular, biochemical and microscopical methods coupled to different engineered approaches. Scholarships are granted to the selected candidate. Link: התפלה והסביבה החופית