PhD in microbial Ecology in Dijon (France)

PhD in Microbial Ecology

PhD in Microbial Ecology

Department of Agroecology, INRA-Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon, France

A 3-year PhD position is available for a highly motivated student with interest in microbial ecology and biotic interactions in the group of Laurent Philippot at the Agroecology Department in Dijon, France.

The goal of the project is to unravel biotic interactions within complex microbial communities for understanding and predicting microbial community assembly and functioning in terrestrial ecosystems. For this, the successful candidate will conduct controlled experiments and apply a combination of molecular, bioinformatic and functional analyses to explore the assembly of soil microbial communities.

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student, who has a thorough understanding of microbial ecology and a strong interest in biotic interactions. Applicants should hold an MSc degree in microbiology and should have a practical background in molecular techniques. Experience in community analyses is desired. Additional bioinformatics skills such as working knowledge of R and scripting languages, as well as a solid knowledge of statistical data analysis would be of additional advantage. Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory.

Principal supervisor:

Laurent Philippot (


Application procedure

Please send the following documents (all in one PDF file) by e-mail to Laurent Philippot

1) For EU candidates: Copy of your national ID card or of your passport page where your photo is printed.

For non-EU candidates: Copy of your passport page where your photo is printed.

2) Curriculum Vitae (1-2 pages).

3) Letter of motivation relatively to the position (1 page).

4) Copy of your Master degree and/or Engineer degree if already available.

5) Copy of your final marks and ranks.

6) Coordinates of reference persons (maximum 3, at least your master thesis supervisor): Title, Name, organization, e-mail.

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact Laurent Philippot.

The deadline for applications is June 1st 2019. Applications received later than this date will not be considered

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