Postdoctoral Researcher - Insect Microbiomes

PLN 6900 (gross) per month
May 11, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The newly forming Symbiosis Evolution research group ( ) at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Jagiellonian University ( ) is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher. This is a full-time, up to 48-month position funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) project Insect Microbiomics, available from 1 July 2019.

The Postdoc will join an active, collaborative team aiming to describe the broad patterns of the microbial diversity across insects, and the dynamics of the insect microbiomes across space and time. That will be done using high-throughput next-generation sequencing (NGS), in close collaboration with a massive insect biodiversity project, Insect Biome Atlas ( ) that would provide large numbers of specimens.

The Postdoc will initially focus on the development of protocols for high-throughput, automated next-generation sequencing library preparation in the context of microbiome studies, as well as bioinformatic pipelines for the analysis of the resulting data. Later, they will lead the microbiome characterization in large collections of insects from Sweden, Madagascar and/or Greenland.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or a related field, or Ph.D. award anticipated by 30/06/2019
  • Documented experience with molecular biology techniques
  • Documented experience with NGS data analysis
  • Fluency in English
  • Favorable opinions of current or recent scientific supervisors about the candidate's abilities and predisposition for scientific work

  • Documented research interests and scientific achievements related to the planned project, in particular regarding the diversity and biology of host-symbiont interactions and the analysis of microbial communities using NGS
  • Laboratory experience in the preparation of NGS libraries, especially using non-standard methods
  • Knowledge of the Linux / Unix shell
  • Knowledge of scripting languages (Python / Perl / R)
  • Willingness to participate in international research travel

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