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We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to study the role of the soil microbiome in determining plant responses to the mycorrhizal symbiosis using experimental approaches.
The research will build on previous work in the group showing that mycorrhizal fungi can shape soil microbial communities.
We now want to know how the structure and composition of soil microbiomes influence how the plant responds to inoculation with mycorrhizal fungi.
It is intended that the results of this project will be combined with research in the field where our work is leading to real solutions to increase production of food in areas of the world where starvation is a major problem.
More information about our work can be found at The project is part of a large collaboration at the new Swiss Centre for Excellence in Research (NCCR) on Microbiomes, created between many research groups at the University of Lausanne and the ETH Zürich .
Candidates must be highly motivated, have a PhD (or very soon), and have a good conceptual knowledge in community structure, coupled with practical experience in microbial metagenomics and / or microbial communities.
You must have a strong interest in investigating this topic using an experimental approach. Sound knowledge of appropriate bioinformatics tools will be a clear advantage, as will, an interest in solving problems in an analytical way.
The successful candidate will work on this project with a PhD student. You should have good interpersonal skills and an ability to work well in a multicultural team and department.
The position is full-time and available as soon as possible and is initially for 1 year. A renewal of the contract may be possible but is not guaranteed since it is subject to the development and future direction of the project.
Preference will be given to someone who very recently obtained, or will very soon obtain, a PhD.
Most of the researcher’s time will be dedicated to research, but a contribution to teaching is expected, including the possibility of supervising master students.
Formally, the contract stipulates : 70% Personal research, 25% Participation to teaching activities, 5% group-related tasks such as data management.
What the position offers you
We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.