Fully funded postdoctoral fellow position to study microbiome-behavior interactions: Portugal

Start date: Immediate

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

We are seeking to hire a microbiologist with a strong background in microbial genetics to study the effects of specific microbes on host behavior.

We have published a novel paradigm in which specific gut bacteria species alter feeding decisions in the powerful genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster. You will participate in a new interdisciplinary project funded by the Kavli and the Champalimaud Foundations. We aim at combining microbial genetics, metabolomics, cutting edge automated, quantitative behavioral assays, and circuit imaging approaches to identify the mechanism by which these microorganisms act on the brain to influence specific appetites of the host.

Job description

  • You should be an experienced, creative, passionate, dedicated, and productive microbial geneticist with a strong interest in expanding your scientific horizon into the direction of brain and behavior.
  • Experience in metabolism research, microbe-host interactions, genetics of Acetobacteraceae and/or Lactobacilli, and/or the use of Drosophila as a model organism are strong advantages but not required.
  • A proven ability to learn, independence, and leadership skills will trump specific technical skills.
  • We are an interdisciplinary and international team working together to tackle the neuronal basis of nutrition. We strongly value team spirit and a positive and empowering work environment.

Candidates are encouraged to send applications (cover letter, CV, and contact information of 3 references) to Openings are available immediately and applications will be reviewed until the position has been filled.

About us
Champalimaud Research aims to understand complex biological problems such as brain and behavior, physiology, and cancer . The research teams include members from across the world. Located on the waterfront in central Lisbon, Portugal, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is equipped with cutting edge research facilities. We offer a stimulating, internationally diverse and highly collaborative work environment and competitive salary and benefits. Lisbon’s sunny Atlantic-Mediterranean climate, vibrant culture and high quality of life make this a great place to live and work. English is the official language of the institute.


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