Junior Research Scientist "Long-term impact of bacteria on human and animal health": France

Every year, INRA seeks researchers (PhD or equivalent) from all disciplines to reinforce laboratory and fieldwork teams. Researchers will be heavily involved in scientific networks and tackle environmental, economic and social issues. They are expected to strive for excellence and come up with useful, concrete applications for the real world. Individual research projects will go hand in hand with group efforts in a bid to further knowledge and innovation, in order to produce sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve human nutrition. INRA is recruiting researchers by open competition until to March 4, 2019 and offering permanent position.


Listeria monocytogenes is a dangerous pathogenic bacterium recurrently present in food products and on livestock farms. Recent research on this pathogen demonstrates a phase of intracellular persistence, which could be a significant risk factor. The project aims to develop cell and tissue microbiology models to study the reprogramming of bacteria and host cells involved in the persistence of Listeria. The recruited scientist will characterize molecular players and epigenetic effects of this bacterial intracellular parasitism in the long term, in vitro and in vivo.

Sound training in molecular and cellular microbiology and infection biology would be desirable. Skills in the use of animal models or ex-vivo models would be appreciated. The ability to build collaborations, especially with researchers specialised in animal or human physiology, would be a bonus.


PhD or equivalent. Candidates should have a good command of English, and long-term international experience would also be desirable. Successful candidates who have not yet acquired this experience abroad will be required to do so after their probationary period (1st year).

Website of  unit: Epigenetics and Cellular Microbiology / Helene Bierne

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