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Reference : UMR7141-BENBAI-001
Workplace : PARIS 05
Date of publication : Friday, May 15, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Benjamin Bailleul
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 15 June 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly
Description of the thesis topic
We are looking for a highly-motivated PhD student with knowledge in the fields of microalgae biology, photosynthesis, biophysics and chloroplast regulation to join the laboratory of « Chloroplast Biology and Light-sensing in Microalgae” at the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique in Paris – France (UMR7141 CNRS/Sorbonne Université, http://www.ibpc.fr/UMR7141). This laboratory is dedicated to the study of light-driven processes (photosynthesis and photoperception) and chloroplast biology. The post-doctoral fellow will be involved in a project funded by the ERC (Starting Grant PhotoPHYTOMICS) aiming to study the competition between phytoplankton species. She/He will study the mechanisms of light acclimation (alternative electron flows, NPQ) in diatoms and in dinoflagellates. This research will involve investigations in the field.
The project will combine mechanistic studies of phytoplankton photosynthesis based on molecular biology, as well as biochemical and biophysical approaches.
The applicant is expected to:
- contribute to the design of the project,
- develop the methodologies,
- perform the experiments,
- analyze and communicate the data,
- manage the collaborations,
- write scientific reports (publications).
The candidate will have a master diploma in biological sciences and experience in biophysics techniques applied to photosynthesis of plants or algae. Previous experience in biochemistry, oceanography or previous experience with diatoms or dinoflagellates will be strongly appreciated. The PhD student will need strong organizational and team working abilities to take projects from conception to completion, as well as verbal and written communication skills in English (French is not mandatory). The level of his(her) CV will have to be compatible with the requirements of national and international post-doctoral programs
The Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology (IBPC) created in 1930 by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation is a research center promoting multidisciplinary research in all fields of biology. The structural, genetic and physico-chemical bases of living organisms are explored at different levels of integration, from the molecule to the whole organism. The post-doc will integrate the laboratory of “Chloroplast Biology and Light-sensing in Microalgae” (UMR7141) directed by Dr. Angela Falciatore. The laboratory comprises around twenty permanent staff members (researchers, lecturer-researchers, engineers, technicians and administration) and around fifteen non-permanent collaborators, graduate students and post-doctorates. Current work in the lab explores the biology, evolution and ecology of microalgae by focusing on different model organisms (e.g., Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and diatoms) and on ecological relevant phytoplanktonic species, investigated with eco-physiology, biophysical, biochemical, genomic and genetic approaches.
Constraints and risks
The PhD is funded by the ERC Starting Grant PhotoPHYTOMICS, and is fixed term for 3 years. The position will start on September 1st 2020. Applications including a CV and a cover letter summarizing current and future research interests, as well as the contact details of 2 referees, should be submitted through this website.
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