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Postdoctoral fellow – Soil Microbiology

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University
Morocco (MA)
Closing date
10 Jan 2024

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Earth Science, Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Job Details

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is an institution dedicated to research and innovation in Africa and aims to position itself among world-renowned universities in its fields.

 The University is engaged in economic and human development and puts research and innovation at the forefront of African development. A mechanism that enables it to consolidate Morocco's frontline position in these fields, in a unique partnership-based approach and boost skills training relevant for the future of Africa.

Located in the municipality of Benguerir, in the very heart of the Green City, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University aspires to leave its mark nationally, continentally, and globally.

Area of specialization:

The incumbent will join the Chair of Soil Science, who is developing and conducting a research program in Soil Science, capitalizing on scientific knowledge to understand the complex nature of our soils and to support the green transition in Africa.

Job description:

Working within the Soil Health and Climate Change pillar at the Chair of Soil Science, the postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for research that studies the interactions between biologicals (microorganisms, microbial signals) and crop plants, in the context of developing suitable crop inoculants for African smallholder farmers. 

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, have an agricultural background, and have completed a Ph.D. in Soil Science, Plant Science or related fields. The selected Postdoctoral Fellow will be familiar with state-of-the-art techniques used to understand soil microbiology and microbial-plant interactions. This individual will have in-depth knowledge of the microbial-plant interactions in realistic soil environments that experience drought, salinity and other constraints.

Key duties:

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, interpret and synthesize experimental results from scientific literature;
  • Conceive and design experimental approaches to study the scientific problem from the perspective of biological(s) that have potentially high value or high impact in the African context;
  • Select analytical methods that are suitable for measuring the biological material and/or the delivery mechanism;
  • Management and analysis of experimental data;
  • Take the lead on writing of research reports and communicating the scientific results for conferences and scientific publications
  • Participate in the training and supervision of visitors, interns, graduate students, undergraduate students, and volunteer workers as needed, and other research and innovation tasks as assigned.


Criteria of the candidate:

  • Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology, Microbial-Plant Interactions or related fields.
  • Background in agronomy, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, or related areas.
  • Experience with data collection and analysis. Knowledgeable of procedures for assembling and analyzing genomic data and other datasets. Proficiency with graphical and statistical packages.
  • Demonstrated ability to take the lead in planning experiments, conducting research and interpreting results.
  • Superior communication skills, including a demonstrated record of presentations to professional organizations and publication in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Experience and interest to mentor students and other personnel.
  • Excellent English proficiency.
  • Energetic, motivated, and proactive.


This position offers:

The Postdoctoral Fellow receives a competitive full-time fellowship package with accompanying social benefits. We also offer initiatives to support work-life balance and health services. The selected candidate will receive personal, needs-oriented training and professional development opportunities through research exchanges at international collaborating laboratories and participation in international scientific conferences. The position is a pathway to an academic research career.

Contract Type: CDD fixed-term contract of 12 months (renewable for another 12 months).

Start Date: As soon as the qualified candidate is available.

Number of Positions: 1

Applications and selection procedure:

Applications must be sent before January 10, 2024, in a single electronic zipped folder with the job title mentioned in the email’s subject line. The folder must contain:

  • A cover letter indicating the position being applied for, and explaining how the candidate fits the position description.
  • A detailed CV.
  • Contact information of 3 references (applicants are assumed to have obtained their references’ consent to be contacted for this position).


Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.




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