Postdoctoral position in Paris: Protist diversity and phylogeny in suboxic environments


A postdoctoral contract of 1 year renewable up to 3 years is available in the “Microbial diversity and evolution” team at the institute of Ecology, Systematics and Evolution starting from September 2013 (dates are negotiable). The institute belongs to the French Research Council (CNRS) and the University of Paris-Sud, and is located at the pleasant university campus of Orsay, a botanical garden 25 km south of Paris, 30 min by direct train (RER B line).
The scientific project aims at exploring the diversity and phylogeny of protists thriving in selected anoxic or microaerophilic environments. The candidate will try to isolate novel protist species by cultivation and single cell collection. He/she will carry out phylogenetic analyses from various gene markers after gene/genome amplification. Emphasis will be put on divergent lineages with a pivotal location in the eukaryotic tree.
The postdoc will be funded by the ERC Advanced Grant ProtistWorld. The net salary will be of ca. 2400-2800 euros depending on the candidate experience and includes social security and medical assistance.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with good experience in classical protistology (morphology, ecology, taxonomy) and molecular phylogeny.
Candidates should send a CV, a cover letter and the names of at least two referees to: Purificación LOPEZ-GARCIA or David MOREIRA
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Unité d’Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution, UMR CNRS 8079 Université Paris-Sud. Bâtiment 360, 91405 Orsay cedex, FRANCE