Postdoctoral Position in Systems Biology of the Plant Microbiome

Postdoctoral Position in Systems Biology of the Plant Microbiome

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rehovot, Israel

A postdoctoral position in Systems Biology and Microbial Ecology is open in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel, Rehovot) in the lab of Dr. Nadav Kashtan.
The Kashtan lab employs systems biology approaches to study bacterial life on plant leaf surfaces (the phyllosphere). Plant leafs offer an excellent model ecosystem for studying microbial ecology and represent an extremely important habitat, as these microbial populations are essential to plant health, growth, and function. In our lab, we combine theory, models and simulations with experiments and field studies. On our experimental front we use advanced in vitro and in planta experimental approaches, utilizing advanced fluorescence microscopy and next generation sequencing.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) is one of Israel’s premier universities. HUJI has been ranked among the top universities in the world according to several world university rankings (including The Times Higher Education Supplement of London and Shanghai University). The host lab is located at the Rehovot campus, a 25 minutes train ride from Tel Aviv. Our department is highly international and the working language in the lab is English.
The successful applicant will conduct research aimed at understanding underlying principles of microbial life on plant leaf surfaces. This is part of an ongoing project funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation (Studying Complex Systems).

We are seeking self-motivated candidates to lead aspects of the project including the development of novel methodologies that will enable high-resolution characterization of the spatiotemporal organization of bacterial populations on plant leaf surfaces based on advanced microscopy techniques (including live imaging) and next generation sequencing technologies.

Candidates should have obtained his/her Ph.D. in molecular biology, microbiology, systems biology or a closely related field.

  • Experience and background in microbiology and molecular biology are required.
  • Experience and background in Computational biology is not required.
  • Experience in Advanced Microscopy is a plus.

The position is available for 2 years with renewal option. This full-time position can start immediately. Interested candidates are welcome to contact Dr. Nadav Kashtan. Please send a CV, list of publications and contact details of 2-3 references.


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Postdoctoral Position in Systems Biology of the Plant Microbiome