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Reference : UMR2594-FABROU-002
Workplace : CASTANET TOLOSAN
Date of publication : Monday, July 19, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 36 months
Expected date of employment : 1 October 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 1913 and 2030 € gross monthly depending on experience
Desired level of education : 3-year university degree
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
Infectious disease is often the major selective agent in nature, and we cannot understand how populations evolve without understanding their pathogenic microbes. Beyond host immunity, an important factor determining the ability of pathogens to invade and proliferate in a host is the resident microbiota, but we are only beginning to glimpse its multifarious impacts. We know even less about interactions among pathogenic microbes themselves. Any effort to explain how pathogen communities, or pathobiota, develop within a host requires knowledge about the extent to which pathogens engage in competition, commensalism and cooperation, both with other pathogens and the rest of the microbiota. In the PATHOCOM project (https://figshare.com/articles/preprint/PATHOCOM_proposal/13174337), we aim at setting up a program that integrates large-scale field observations of microbiota/pathobiota in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana with ultra-high-throughput experimental tests of host-dependent interactions among microbes, allowing predicting stable pathogen-pathogen-microbiota interactions by modelling. In this context, the engineer assitant position is part of the first stages of the PATHOCOM project, which aim at characterizing the intra- and interspecific diversity as well as abundance of pathobiota and commensal microbiota across multiple populations of A. thaliana in south-west of France, together with information on environmental variables and host genotypes. This 36-month engineer assistant position is funded by the ERC (European Research Council) and is part of an interdisciplinary and collaborative project with the research groups of Detlef Weigel (Max Planck Institute, Tubingen, Germany) and Joy Bergelson (New-York University, USA).
The engineer assistant will assist a post-doc in characterizing the microbiota/pathobiota and the abiotic (climate, soil agronomic properties...) and biotic (plant communities ...) environment of more than 20 natural populations of A. thaliana located southwest of France both in autumn and spring, over 3 years. The engineer assistant will interact with two other post-docs located in Tubingen and New-York, who will perform a similar characterization of more than twenty natural populations of A. thaliana in Germany and USA.
Applicants should have strong skills in ecological genomics, involving experiences in field work and lab work (mainly microbiology). Skills in handling large datasets and statistical analysis will be a plus. Fluent English is required.
The LIPM offers an excellent scientific environment of teams working on plant-microbe or plant-plant interactions (https://en.lipme.fr/). As a member of the LabEx (Laboratory of Excellence) TULIP (https://www.labex-tulip.fr/labex-tulip_eng/) and of the FR AIB Research Federation (http://www.fraib.fr/), the LIPME also benefits from key interactions with other relevant plant and ecology labs, local facilities and platforms (including in imagery and high-throughput phenotyping).
For more information about the ECOGEN team: https://en.lipme.fr/ecogen-1
Constraints and risks
The engineer assistant will be located at the LIPME, but will have to spend every year short stays (2-3 weeks) in the research groups of Detlef Weigel and Joy Bergelson. The laboratory is governed by internal regulations.
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