A two-year position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecology and
Biology of Interactions laboratory of the University of Poitiers

The position, open from January 2022, is associated with the ANR-funded
collaborative project MICROM “Microbial competition in mutualistic
interactions with ticks”. The MICROM consortium, led by Olivier Duron,
involves three teams (O. Duron MIVEGEC, Montpellier, F. Vavre LBBE, Lyon
and D. Bouchon EBI, Poitiers) in the field of endosymbiosis.

MICROM aims at deciphering the competition between Francisella and
Coxiella symbionts using different approaches from genomics,
transcriptomics, in vivo and in vitro imaging.

The recruited post-doc will participate in this innovative program with
a particular focus on in vitro experiments assessing the competitive
abilities of the two beneficial symbionts. The post-doc will be
responsible for monitoring tick cell lines, performing infection and
co-infection and characterising the cellular phenotypes. Methods include
RT-qPCR, dual-RNAseq, FISH combined with electron microscopy.

The post-doc will be part of the Ecology, Evolution & Symbiosis team

of the EBI laboratory in Poitiers, which has a long experience in
research on symbiosis. The post-doc will have access to the funding and
infrastructures needed for this project, in a stimulating scientific
environment. Regular exchanges and mobility are planned with the various
project partners as well as with external collaborators such as the Tick
Cell BioBank in Liverpool.

Relevant expertise:
We are looking for an autonomous and highly motivated candidate with a
genuine interest in symbiosis research with expertise in the following
– Cell culture
– Molecular biology
– Imaging approaches, cellular biology, histology. Experience in
electron microscopy is a plus.
– Interested in acquiring expertise in experimentation with
arthropods: care, injection, dissection
– Expertise in bioinformatics is a plus

For more information and to apply to CNRS job portal:

Please send also to Didier Bouchon
CV including publication list
Cover letter justifying the interest in the position
Two academic references

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