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PhD Position on the Plant Microbiota

PhD Position on the Plant Microbiota

MPI Cologne, Germany


Background / Objectives

In the Multitrophic Plant-Microbe Interactions group, we aim at understanding the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the structure and the functions of multi-kingdom microbial consortia colonizing plant roots. By combining microbial community profiling data from natural A. thaliana populations, with the use of reference microbial culture collections and gnotobiotic plant systems, we dissect how both host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions impact microbial community structure and plant health. We are also generating extensive microbial genome resources that will serve as key resources to identify the genetic determinants of microbial adaptation to plant roots and to interpret metatranscriptomic profiles of artificial microbial consortia. The initial project of the selected candidate will include the establishment of microbial reference culture collections of A. thaliana root-associated microbiota members (bacteria, fungi, oomycetes) from contrasting soil-types, the generation of extensive genomic resources and the reconstitution the multi-kingdom microbial consortia of A. thaliana using germ-free plants and gnotobiotic plant systems. The project aims at providing mechanistic insights into the mechanisms that underlie the structure and the functions of the plant microbiota, as well as its importance for local adaptation in plants.

Our requirements

In addition to a MSc in microbial ecology or plant-microbe interactions, the applicant should have solid knowledge in the use of Linux/Unix and R. The position requires previous experience in microbial community profiling or hostmicrobiota interactions, the ability to design complex experiments and to analyse complex biological datasets. The proven ability to work in a team at the interface between biology and bioinformatics is essential. Very good organizational and communication skills are desired. In addition, good command of English language, the working language of our group, is required.


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MPI Cologne, DE

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