Postdoc on Mycorrhizal Fungi and the Nitrogen Cycle: France

A 3-year postdoctoral position in soil microbial interactions is available within the Environmental Microbial Genomics Group at École Centrale de Lyon, University of Lyon, France.

This position, funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), aims to determine the importance of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) interactions in the nitrogen cycle for mitigating nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from agroecosystems. The project will involve the development of a plant-soil mesocosm system for the mechanistic testing of the impact of AMF on N-cycling microbial groups and N-cycling processes. State-of-the-art techniques will be applied for tracing the fate and fluxes of nitrogen (stable isotope probing, nanoSIMS, gas analysis system), monitoring changes in microbial communities (qPCR, amplicon sequencing, metatranscriptomics) and modelling soil N2O emissions. This project will also benefit from on-going collaboration with internal, national and international team members with complementary expertise in microbial ecology, nitrogen cycling, stable isotopes and modelling.

Interested candidates should have a PhD in a related field and a demonstrable publication record. Those with experience in mycorrhizal fungi or soil nitrogen cycling are particularly encouraged to apply. The start date is flexible (earliest March 2021) and the gross salary is 34k (euro) per year.

For informal enquiries or to apply, please contact Dr. Christina Hazard ( For applications, please send a 1-page cover letter (highlighting your interest and relevant experience) and CV (with contact information for 3 references).

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