Researcher in food microbiology: France

A 2 years Postdoctoral position is available in the beginning of 2019 with the Laboratory of the University of Western Brittany (Quimper, France) specialized in microbiology, biodiversity and ecology (LUBEM EA3882) and in collaboration with Nestlé (Lausanne, Switzerland).

This project focuses on Bacillus cereus, a toxin-producing spore forming bacteria. This pathogen is widespread in the environment and is linked to two kinds of food poisoning (i) the diarrheic syndrome due to the production of enterotoxin such as hemolysin BL (HBL), non-hemolytic enterotoxin (NHE) and cytotoxin K (CytK) and (ii) emetic syndrome due to the production of the cereulide, an emetic toxin produced in food. The research project aims to evaluate the impact of the microbial physiological state on the production of cereulide using quantitative microbiology, gene expression and chemical quantification of cereulide production. Our research will provide new insights to develop biomarker that could predict the production of cereulide in food matrices.


  • We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated scientific who is a proactive team player willing to learn new techniques, to work in autonomy and to interact within a multidisciplinary team.
  • You are a young scientist with good communicResearcher in food microbiology: Franceation and writing skills, with a recognise background with quantitative microbiology, gene expression quantification and/or chemical analyses.

The project is co-funded by “La Région Bretagne”, “Quimper Bretagne Occidentale”, and an industrial partner: Nestlé. Secondment at the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland are planned. Funded by an attractiveness strategy program of the “Région Bretagne”, we are searching for a candidate with a PhD in (food) microbiology, or (food) biotechnology who have spent a maximum of 18 months in France during the last 3 years. We offer a temporary position for 24 months with a gross salary of €45,000 per year.

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Applicants should send a CV and a summary of accomplishments via email to

Deadline for applications is 21/01/2019.

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