Post-doctoral Fellowship in Microbiome, Brazil

The Genomics for Climate Change Research Center (GCCRC) is a joint research initiative between the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and State University of Campinas (Unicamp), co-funded by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation — FAPESP, which is aimed towards the genetic adaptation of crop species to stresses imposed by global climate change. Its primary goal is the use of a biotechnology platform “from gene to field phenotype” to identify key genes involved in stress responses and yield performance and thus create and incorporate traits into elite germplasm.

The GCCRC platform utilizes strategies such as genome modification and microbiome sciences in a state-of-the-art infrastructure that incorporates “omics”, bioinformatics, gene discovery, plant transformation, genome editing, phenotyping, intellectual propriety, regulatory issues and field trials. The GCCRC also involves a strong international network of collaborators including academic and private partners.

To achieve its goals, the GCCRC is looking for an enthusiastic and talented post-doctoral scientist to work full time in leadership of a team dedicated to the development of microbiome research, which includes analysis of microbial communities, plant-microorganism interaction, identification of genes and mechanisms involved. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to publish their scientific results in high profile journals and interact with scientists and researchers in Brazil and abroad with experience in different fields in an exciting academic environment.

Professional Competencies:

• Advanced knowledge and experience in plant microbiome or environmental microbiology;
• Experience in bioinformatics analysis of DNA sequences data from microbial community (metagenome and diversity analysis);
• Solid experience with basic techniques and method for microbial manipulation is required;
• Experience in microbial genomics including the preparation of DNA and RNA samples for next generation sequencing;
• Experience with plant inoculation assays is desired;
• Critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
• Proficiency in English.

Education/Experience qualification

• Ph.D. in Biological Science, Environmental Microbiology, Plant Science, Plant Biotechnology or Microbiome related fields.

Key Responsibilities:

• May include supervisory responsibilities for graduate researchers;
• Work with cross-functional teams to efficiently deliver products;

More information about the fellowship you can find here.

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