Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)

PhD - Ecology of plant-microbe interaction

UBFC - Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté

Dijon, France

Job description

A 3-year PhD position is available for a motivated student showing interest on understanding the ecology of the plant-microbe association at the Agroecology Department at the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA).

The aim is to establish to which extent intrinsic microbial community properties can have an impact on a plant host fitness, and to which extent the plant may steer it. This working hypothesis will be tested using the case study of plant interaction with enhanced-biofilm producing microbial consortia under drought conditions. The successful candidate will seek to better understand the ecology of the plant-microbe holobiont via exploring the relationship between plant tolerance to drought and microbial biofilm formation in the rhizosphere. An integrated approach coupling plant physiology, biochemistry, microbial ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatic and biostatistics will be used.

Supervisor(s) Jacquiod Samuel (samuel.jacquiod@inra.fr), Manuel Blouin (manuel.blouin@agrosupdijon.fr)

Candidate profile

We are looking for a highly dedicated student interested in agroecology, with a strong motivation to bridge together plant science and microbiology. Applicant should hold an MSc degree in either plant physiology or microbiology, with experience in molecular biology. Additional skills such as statistics and data analysis with the R software will be appreciated. Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory.

Keywords:Microbial ecology, Plant physiology, Molecular biology

Application deadline June 30th

Starting Job October 1st

Application PhD Position

Please send a single PDF file containing the following documents by e-mail to samuel.jacquiod@inra.fr and manuel.blouin@agrosupdijon.fr:

1) For EU candidates: Copy of your national ID card or of your passport page where your photo is printed.
For non-EU candidates: Copy of your passport page where your photo is printed.

2) Curriculum Vitae (1 page).

3) Letter of motivation relatively to the position (1 page).

4) Copy of your Master degree and/or Engineer degree if already available.
5) Copy of your final marks and ranks.

6) Coordinates of reference persons (maximum 3, at least your master thesis supervisor): Title, Name, organization, e-mail.

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact the supervisors.


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PhD - Ecology of plant-microbe interaction