Marine microbiomes represent an untapped resource of microorganisms and natural bioactive compounds that constitute a source of candidates for the development of pharmaceuticals and crop protection agents. In this project, you will implement innovative metagenomic and metatranscriptomic strategies to isolate microbial strains from marine microbiomes, profile their specialized metabolic capabilities to identify promising new biosynthetic pathways, and identify their interactions with each other and their host using gene expression data. You will work closely with PhD students and postdocs appointed within the same consortium around Europe, which will make it possible to unravel the chemical products and ecological roles of the pathways you identify. In the end, the research is projected to lead to fundamental new insights into microbe-microbe and host-microbe interactions, and may provide leads for the development of novel pharmaceuticals and crop/aquaculture protection solutions.
We are looking for an ambitious, enthusiastic team player and result-driven scientist with:
- a solid academic record (MSc) in bioinformatics, biology or biotechnology;
- experience in computational omics analysis and proficiency in programming (in, e.g., Python);
- experience with basic molecular biology laboratory techniques (pipetting etc.);
- basic to intermediate statistical and mathematical skills;
- demonstrable expertise in working with next-generation sequencing data;
- affinity with microbiology, metabolism and/or biosynthetic pathways;
- very good level of oral and written English. You are required to show us a certification of English skills. For more information about the required level please take a look at: https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/PhD-Programme/English-language-requirements.htm;
- furthermore you meet all the entry requirements of the WUR PhD programme.
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
• sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
• working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
• the option to accrue additional flexible hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
• there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
• a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
• excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, we offer a full-time position (38 hours), initially for 1 year after which a go/no go decision will be taken on extension with another three years. Gross salary per month € 2395,- in the first year rising to € 3061,- per month in the fourth year, for a fulltime appointment. The candidate will be based at the chair groups Bioinformatics and Microbiology in Wageningen.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.
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You can apply up to and including July 8, 2021.