Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbiology at IFREMER

The Institute and the recruiting Department

A pioneer in ocean science, IFREMER’s cutting-edge research is grounded in sustainable development and open science. Their vision is to advance science, expertise and innovation to:

  • Protect and restore the ocean
  • Sustainably use marine resources to benefit society
  • Create and share ocean data, information & knowledge

With more than 1,500 personnel spread along the French coastline in more than 20 sites, the Institute explores the 3 great oceans: the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A leader in ocean science, IFREMER is managing the French Oceanographic Fleet and its dedicated scientists create ground-breaking technology to push the boundaries of ocean exploration and knowledge, from the abyss to the atmosphere-ocean interface.

Well-established in the international scientific community, IFREMER’s scientists, engineers and technicians are committed to advance knowledge about our planet’s last unexplored frontiers. They provide the science needed for informed decision-making and public policy and they transfer this knowledge and technology to businesses to fulfill public and private needs. Core to their mission is also to strengthen public awareness about the importance of understanding the ocean and its resources, and empowering future generations of leaders through education and outreach national campaigns.

Founded in 1984, IFREMER is a French public organization and its budget approximates 240 million euros. It is operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the French Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition, and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food.  

General areas of responsibility

The Roscoff marine station (SBR) constitutes an ideal scientific and logistical environment for the research project of “Génomique des Vibrios” team thanks to the presence of technological platforms (bioinformatics, imaging, crystallography, aquariums) and basic research projects developed in the departments (ecology, biology of marine microorganisms).

Conversely, the team roots its scientific questions and experimental models in the needs of applied research that IFREMER must conduct (pathogenic oyster bacteria).

The position is part of the ERC advanced DYNAMIC project, which aims to understand the role of phages in the eco-evolutionary dynamics of pathogenic hollow oyster vibrios.

Under the supervision of the scientific leader of the project, he/she will work in close collaboration with a technician to perform experimental work and a bioinformatician for the in silico analyses.

Principal activities

  • He/she will be in charge of time-series of consecutive sampling of a French Atlantic coastal zone site (July-August 2021; July 22, 23)
  • isolation and storage of phage and vibrio isolates, cross infection assays
  • time shift and local adaptation analysis
  • metagenomic of phages dynamic
  • Statistic analysis
  • Participation in the team's duties (for example culture media preparation)

He/she will collaborate with CEFE- CNRS Montpellier for the statistic analysis. This co-supervision will involve short stays at Montpellier and regular exchanges by visioconference.

Collaborative work environment

  • Internal collaborative relationship: Project team, (8 persons), from the LBI2M unit in Roscoff (100 persons) and from the station (350 persons) various meetings and seminars will promote interaction. Regular exchanges will take place with colleagues from the PFOM unit of IFREMER Britain Center, Plouzané/Argenton.
  • External collaborative relationship: He/she will work in close collaboration the CEFE (Montpellier).

Required Knowledge, skills, and characteristics 

  • PhD in microbiology, environmental microbiology

Required knowledge, skills and characteristics

  • Knowledge, skills and abilities
  • A good knowledge in ecology and evolution
  • A strong expertise in statistical analysis and management of biological (incl. multivariate) data  

Specific working conditions 

  • Field sampling (July/August 2021; July 2022 and 23) 
  • Lab work at the SBR (isolation, storage of phage and vibrio; cross infection assays; molecular biology) 
  • Short stays at Montpellier   

Deadline for applications: 04/10/2020
For more information and how to apply, click here.

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