Scientist - Plant-Microbiome Interactions (80-100%)
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
vor 5 Tg.

The Plant Breeding group at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Frick, Switzerland, aims to advance sustainable crop production by exploiting microbiome-mediated disease resistance in breeding.

The offered position is linked to the ongoing project AGRIBIOME, in collaboration with the Molecular Plant Breeding group and the Sustainable Agroecosystems group at ETH Zurich and KWS AG.

To strengthen our plant breeding team in this cutting edge research topic we are seeking a highly motivated scientist specialized in plant-microbiome interactions at the earliest possible date.

Job description

  • Analysis of amplicon seq data (MiSeq and PacBio) of microbial communities derived from different pot and field trials
  • Identify microbial and plant genetic markers that regulate microbiome-mediated disease resistance
  • Develop strategies to exploit plant-microbiome interactions in holobiont-based breeding pro-grammes
  • Co-Supervise MSc and PhD students supporting molecular and microbiological work in lab and field experiments
  • Significantly advance this research field via high-quality publications, acquisition of research funds and impact-related contributions
  • Develop strategies for medium to long-term practical applications of microbiome research out-comes in plant breeding
  • Your Profile

  • PhD degree in Agricultural, Microbiology, Biological, or related Sciences
  • Proven track-record in the area plant-microbiome interactions
  • Experiences with taxonomic and / or functional profiling of microbial communities via NGS tech-nologies and biostatistics are mandatory
  • Competencies in experimental phytopathology, plant genetics including GWAS and genomic selec-tion are advantageous
  • Excellent organisation and communication skills, proficiency in written and oral English, high self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player in a multi-disciplinary, international research environment
  • We offer

  • A permanent position based in Frick, Switzerland (between Basel and Zürich)
  • An inspiring work environment and career development opportunities
  • The opportunity to work within a motivated team
  • Did we raise your interest? If you have any questions, please contact

    Please submit your electronic application (letter describing your background and motivation, CV incl. publication list, referees contact details) until December 23th, 2021 to

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