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Postdoctoral Position on the Plant Microbiota

Postdoctoral Position on the Plant Microbiota

MPI, Cologne


Background / Objectives

In the Multitrophic Plant-Microbe Interactions group, we aim at understanding the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the structure and the functions of multi-kingdom microbial consortia colonizing plant roots. By combining microbial community profiling data from natural A. thaliana populations, with the use of reference microbial culture collections and gnotobiotic plant systems, we dissect how both host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions impact microbial community structure and plant health. We are also generating extensive microbial genome resources that will serve as key resources to identify the genetic determinants of microbial adaptation to plant roots and to interpret metatranscriptomic profiles of artificial microbial consortia. The initial project of the selected candidate will include the reconstitution of the microbiota of Arabidopsis roots in gnotobiotic plant systems using genome-sequenced microbial isolates (bacteria, fungi, oomycetes), the development of a protolcol for metatranscriptome profiling of synthetic microbial consortia, and the analysis of the corresponding metatranscriptomic signatures during root colonization or upon perturbation. The project aims at providing novel insights into the molecular mechanisms and the functions that drive the establishment of multikingdom microbial consortia on plant roots.

Our requirements

In addition to a PhD in microbial ecology or molecular plant-microbe interactions, the applicant should have solid knowledge in the use of Linux/Unix and R. The position requires a combination of wet lab expertise (microbiology, molecular biology) and bioinformatics/computational biology (microbial genomics and meta-transcriptomics). A previous experience on host-associated metatranscriptomics is highly appreciated, but not compulsory. The candidate must be able to design her/his own experiments and analyse complex biological datasets. The proven ability to work in a team at the interface between biology and bioinformatics is essential. Very good organizational and communication skills are desired. Good command of English language, the working language of our group, is required.


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MPI Cologne, DE

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