Postdoc position available on fungal adaptation

Please find below a two-years postdoc position open to any non-French citizen.

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A two-year postdoctoral position in molecular plant pathology at INRA Angers, France (non-French citizens only)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to study molecular
determinants underlying adaptation of pathogenic fungi to their host plants, in the EcoFun team of the Horticulture and Seed Research Institute (IRHS). Our lab conducts research on the interaction between the scab fungus Venturia inaequalis and its host plants, including domesticated and wild apple trees, and firethorn. Host shifts between these hosts have been reported, making this pathosystem an adequate model to identify genes involved in fungal adaptation to different host plants. The research will employ interdisciplinary approaches, including molecular biology, microscopy and RNA-seq analyses. The first task of this position will be to take ownership of population genomic resequencing data to identify genes present in isolates that are pathogenic on a single host only. The second task will be to determine at which stages of the infection process genes involved in adaptation to different host plants are expressed, using confocal and MEB microscopy of incompatible interactions. This knowledge will be
used in a third task to harvest infected leaves for deep transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq) and identify genes that are specifically expressed on a given host. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the writing of research publications and to help with student supervision.

Job requirements
Candidates should have or expected to obtain a PhD in Biology, Molecular Biology, Functional Genomics, or a closely related subject. Skills in Next Generation Sequencing data analysis are highly desirable. Candidates with a PhD in Bioinformatics are also highly encouraged to apply. Experience in fungi and practical knowledge in molecular biology, microscopy and bioinformatics are advantageous. Candidates must have proficiency in oral and written English. This position is available for non-French citizens only.

Job details
The position is full-time for 24 months and is available to start as early as 1st January 2016. Basic gross salary on appointment will be between €2,200 and €3,100 per month depending on experience. The applicant will have the possibility to obtain an additional mobility allowance from the AgreenSkills and AgreenSkills+ schemes, ranging from €1,300 to €1,700 per month depending on experience (www.agreenskills.eu).

Application
The position is open until filled.
Applications should include a cover letter summarizing your experience and describing your research interests, a curriculum vita, and at least two references.
Applications should be emailed to jerome.collemare@angers.inra.fr.
For further information, please contact Dr. J. Collemare
(email: jerome.collemare@angers.inra.fr; tel.: +33(0) 2 41 22 57 15)

Organization description
Institut de Recherche en Horticulture et Semences (IRHS)
UMR1345 INRA – Université d’Angers – Agro Campus Ouest
Evolutionary Ecology of Fungi (EcoFun)
42 rue Georges Morel
49071 Beaucouzé Cedex
http://www6.angers-nantes.inra.fr/irhs/Recherche/EcoFun

The candidate will be located in IRHS, Angers, which leads research on Rosaceae plants and seeds in France, including research on fungi and bacteria pathogenic on apple, pear and rose. The position will provide access to local excellent technical centres in molecular biology and microscopy (laser-scanning confocal microscope, table electron-scanning microscope). The candidate will have the opportunity to interact with other research teams within the institute; and will
interact with scientists with knowledge in functional genomics, population genetics and genomics, epidemiology and modelling within the EcoFun team.

Life in the Loire Valley
The laboratory is located near Angers, in the Loire Valley. This region is often called the garden of France because of fruits and vegetables production, and green calm landscapes. It is also famous for a gentle way of life, high quality regional food and wines. The banks of the Loire River are very touristic in summer, they offer diverse outdoor activities, including biking and visiting the numerous castles.

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